Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips: Part 2

In our last article, we discussed some of the preliminary steps of cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors. In this article, we’ll talk about choosing the right cleaning method for your hardwood floors. Remember, if you are unsure about what type of flooring you have or concerned about damaging your floors with the wrong treatment, it’s always a good idea to hire a professional to avoid costly mistakes.     Like we discussed in our last article, the cleaning method that will work best for your hardwood floors depends primarily on what kind of treatment your flooring recieved when it was put down. These are some of the common treatments used on floors along with the recommended cleaning methods. 1. Well Finished Floors Well finished floors are often found in kitchens because their multiple coats of finish make them more water resistant than other types of hardwood. For this reason, water-based cleaners are safe and effective for use on these floors. If you live in a more humid environment, set out fans to speed up the drying process once you’ve cleaned your floors.   2. New Floor Finishes New floor finishes need to be handled with care so as to not fade or dull them over time. Use a mild PH neutral cleaner such as Wood Wash to get an excellent clean without damaging the finish.   3. Prefinished Floors Prefinished floors can be cleaned with the same cleaners as the previous two floors, but more care needs to be taken when cleaning them. Never wet mop a prefinished floor, as the liquid may get down into the seams on the finish and damage the wood. Instead, damp mop the floor and then quickly buff [...]

By |2016-11-29T17:05:45+00:00May 13th, 2016|Hardwood Floors|Comments Off on Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips: Part 2

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips: Part 1

We love hardwood floors- they’re gorgeous, timeless, and durable. But cleaning them correctly can sometimes be confusing, and if you do it incorrectly it can have costly consequences. We’ve gathered a few tips to help guide you through the process of good hardwood floor care so that you can have clean flooring that will look great for years to come.   1. Prevent Water and Dirt From Coming Into Your Home The first step to cleaning your floors is to keep them clean! Water and dirt wreak all sorts of havoc on your hardwood floors. Water, of course, damages the flooring and weakens it. But dirt can have similar negative effects on your floor- tiny pieces of dirt will rub against and destroy your hardwood’s finish over time.   To prevent this, make sure you close windows and doors when you expect rain, and put doormats inside and outside of your home. The doormats will provide a place for people to dry and rub off their shoes before stepping onto the hardwood. If you are also able to, ask guests and your family members to remove their shoes inside of your home. This will help keep your floors clean and avoid potential damage.   2. Sweep, Damp Mop, or Vacuum Your Floors Regularly We’ve told you why dirt is bad news. The next step to keeping your hardwood floors clean and in great shape is regular light cleaning, including sweeping, vacuuming, or damp mopping. Make sure that you are doing this at least once a week to keep your hardwood floors clean and prevent wear caused by loose dirt. If you use a vacuum, use one that is safe for wood flooring (one that doesn’t [...]

By |2016-11-29T17:05:45+00:00May 11th, 2016|Hardwood Floors|Comments Off on Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips: Part 1

Do It Yourself Carpet Cleaning Tips

You know you should be keeping your carpets clean because it’s good for your family’s health and the look and feel of your home. But did you know that proper cleaning can make your carpet last longer? Here are some tips on proper carpet care to ensure that you get the most out of your carpet.   1. Vacuuming is Your First Line of Defense Dirt can wreak havoc on the durability of your carpet. It gets under the fibers of your carpet, damages them, and causes them to lose their fullness. This makes it incredibly important to regularly and thoroughly vacuum your carpets. The amount of vacuuming your carpets need will be determined by the amount of traffic your carpets see- but it’s generally accepted that once a week is sufficient for most carpeted areas. Front halls and hallways will likely need to be cleaned more often.   2. Act Quickly On Stains There are some stains that will never come out if they’re allowed to dry, and you may not always be able to identify which stains these are. Regardless, all stains are harder to deal with if allowed to sit. So when a stain happens, act quickly.   3. Approach Stains Carefully Before you even touch the stain, make sure you test the cleaning agent you will be using on a small piece of carpet. Wait a few minutes after using the cleaning agent to check if there has been any discoloration, fading, or damage done to the carpet. If there is, try a different cleaning agent or call a professional carpet cleaner.   If the spot test turns out well, proceed to use the cleaning agent on the stain in question. [...]

By |2016-11-29T17:05:45+00:00May 9th, 2016|Carpet Care, Carpet Cleaning|Comments Off on Do It Yourself Carpet Cleaning Tips

Tile and Grout Cleaning Tips

Tile is a great flooring option for areas in your home that see a lot of wear and tear, owing to it’s durability and water resistant nature. However, the grout between your tiles will start to look grimy fast if you don’t care for and clean it regularly. This is easy to do at home. Here are a few tips on how to keep your grout looking as good as your tile year round. 1. Use Warm Water for Regular Cleaning For everyday dirt and grime, all you’ll need is warm water and a stiff bristled brush. Slowly work out the grime from your grout by spraying warm water and moving the bristled brush in circles. Let the grout dry, and repeat any time your flooring looks like it needs a refresh.   2. For Tougher Stains, Bring in the Vinegar and Baking Soda If water just isn’t cutting it, add vinegar and baking soda to the mix. Start with a paste made from water and baking soda. Spread your paste on the grout and then spray it with vinegar. The whole thing should start to foam- leave this foam for a few minutes to let it work its magic. Once it has stopped foaming, rinse the whole thing with water and say goodbye to your tougher stains and grime!   3. Bring Out the Big Guns for Severe Stains For the dirtiest grout, turn to oxygen bleaches that you can find in the cleaning aisle at your local grocery store. Follow the directions carefully when using this powerful cleaning agent and make sure the room you’re working in is properly ventilated. Leave the solution on the grout for 15 minutes to let it do [...]

By |2016-11-29T17:05:45+00:00May 7th, 2016|Tile & Grout, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tile and Grout Cleaning Tips