Monthly Archives: November 2015

Top 10 Holiday Cleaning Tips

holiday cleaning tipsThanksgiving dinner plans, holiday songs, invitations to holiday parties, Christmas cards, winter weather…as the song says, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” The feel of the holidays is in the air, and with it comes a lot of holiday gatherings and traffic on your new wood, laminate, vinyl and carpeted floors—and that’s not even counting all the other messes related to your holiday activity. So how can you stay on top of those holiday messes and ahead of the holiday cleaning?

  1. If you’re getting a real tree, buy floor protection. It’s not expensive to protect your carpet, wood or laminate floor from the water that comes with a real tree. Buy a round, plastic protector so the water doesn’t spill and damage your flooring.
  2. A daily cleaning goes a long way toward keeping on top of the holiday cleaning later. As busy as you are, try to do a few items of daily cleaning each day: washing dishes, wiping down counters, sweeping, and anything else you have time for. Your daily efforts cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning before your next holiday gathering.
  3. Rugs, rugs, and more rugs…and towels. If you have a laminate or wood floor, water from melting snow is the enemy. Keep rugs by all exterior doors for your guests and family to clean off their feet, and keep a towel handy to clean up any stray snow spills. If you have a pet, clean off your cat or dog’s paws before they enter the house.
  4. Clean before you put up decorations. You don’t want to hang your stockings on top of a layer of dust. Dust and sweep before you put up the decorations to minimize the amount of cleaning later.
  5. Carpet clean after the holidays. Get rid of the stains from spills and holiday gatherings as soon as possible so the stains don’t set in permanently. Don’t just rent a carpet cleaner from the local store—use a professional service that can get those deep stains out.
  6. Wipe up messes ASAP. During holiday gatherings at your home, make sure you keep a small towel handy to wipe up any spills off of your hardwood or laminate floors. Sitting water or puddles on the floor can warp and damage your floors.
  7. Protect your wood floors from scratches when moving furniture, tree and decorations. This is one of the cheapest, and most important, ways to protect your laminate and wood floors: felt pads.  Make sure you have felt pads on the bottom of your chairs and furniture when shifting things around. Use caution when moving anything around to prevent scratches.
  8. Vacuum and dry mop regularly. Keep your carpet in shape with regular maintenance. Dry mop your hard floors, and sweep to keep the dirt and grime at bay.
  9. Be careful about steam cleaning your wood floors. Before purchasing a steam cleaner for cleaning your wood flooring, consult your manual to see if your warranty will be void if you use a steam cleaner. If you’re still not sure, don’t be afraid to visit us or email us.
  10. Ignore the deep cleanings for now. Clean only what you need to clean for your holiday gatherings. If your guests won’t be going into your basement storage area, close the door and concentrate your efforts on another area.

Unfortunately, we can’t help you get ready for your next family gathering, but we can answer any questions you have about cleaning your floors. Contact us. If you want your carpets cleaned before your next family gathering, make an appointment now so you can get your carpet cleaned right away and get your home ready for your holiday gathering.

5 Myths about Wood Floors Debunked

wood floor mythsWood floors are one of the most beautiful and timeless flooring products on the market. They are also a product plagued by misunderstandings and myths. We’ve heard a few of them from time to time, and have even seen the result of a wood flooring myth gone wrong. That’s why we compiled this list of wood flooring myths so you can install wood floors with your “eyes wide open.”

Engineered wood floors are ‘fake’ wood floors

Not true! Engineered wood floors are layers of real wood, and, depending on the product, can even be sanded down and refinished. Because of the way it is constructed, engineered wood floors can even be installed in a basement or over radiant floor heating.

Steam cleaning is the best way to clean my wood floors

If you’ve watched TV, you’ve undoubtedly seen ads for steam cleaners. Steam cleaners are a great way to clean hard floors, and some ads suggest that steam is a great way to clean your wood floors. Their claim is contrary to the common knowledge that moisture and wood don’t mix, so we checked three of the most common wood flooring manufacturers and found that Armstrong, Mohawk and Shaw do not recommend that their customers use a steam cleaner of their wood products. Before purchasing a steam cleaner for cleaning your wood flooring, consult your manual to see if your warranty will be void if you use a steam cleaner.

My wood floors shouldn’t have gaps

Wood floors expand and contract with the humidity, so it is normal to have some small gaps in the floor when humidity is low, such as during winter. For the same reason, be selective about what rooms you install wood floors in. Rooms with high humidity, such as laundry rooms and bathrooms, are not ideal for hardwood floors.

Wood floors do not scratch or dent

Hardwood does not mean ‘too hard to damage.’ Hardwood floors can scratch or dent. If you are worried about the scratches and dents being too noticeable, consider hand scraped wood floors which hide the scratches and dents that come with a busy household.

You can use anything to clean your wood floors

Wood floor cleaning is not a time to experiment. Some cleaners—even with common household ingredients—can damage your wood floor finish or the flooring itself. You’ve invested too much into your wood flooring to harm it on a whim. A few minutes of research can save you a lot of time, money and heart ache. If you don’t what kind of wood floor cleaner to use, ask the experts at Y’s Way via email or on Facebook.

5 Floors You Can Install Yourself

DIY laminate floor Are you a master of the do-it-yourself kind of homeowner? Was the term DIY invented with you in mind? We understand, and we have the perfect solution for you: pallet sales of flooring at our Lake Mills location. If you need flooring for your kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, or all of the above, pallet sales can be your answer: a large square footage of flooring for a great price. So grab your wallet and tool belt, and prove how handy you are after you install one of these DIY floors:

Laminate

Laminate is a floating floor, which means installation involves sawing and connecting the boards together. Installation does require research and the right tools for the job so you can ensure the proper sub floor is under the laminate flooring and an efficient installation.

Laminate flooring has the look of wood flooring with the ability to handle even the most boisterous high traffic households. The only downside of laminate flooring is that it doesn’t handle water spills very well; a water puddle sitting on the floor can warp the boards and leave lasting damage. On the flip side, laminate is very affordable, easy-to-clean—and very durable.

Luxury vinyl

Many luxury vinyl products snap or adhere together, making it suitable for DIYers who want new, durable flooring they can install themselves. Luxury vinyl flooring can be glued or installed with grout.

Luxury vinyl flooring has come a long way in terms of style; today’s luxury vinyl flooring products look like wood flooring and are incredibly easy to clean. Because luxury vinyl flooring can handle water (and water spills), such as the water seeping through your basement concrete and humidity, luxury vinyl flooring can be installed in the basement.

Tile

tile flooringWe’re not going to lie to you: tile flooring installation is not the easiest DIY project, but it’s not the hardest home project. Like laminate flooring, with the right tools and research, you can install tile flooring (and backsplash tile and shower tile) like a pro. Make sure you do your homework, however; improper installation can lead to cracking tiles, damaged grout, and a need to replace your tiles sooner.

Tile is incredibly durable, and comes in every shape or color. The newest trend is tile that looks like wood. If you are considering putting in radiant heating under the floor, tile flooring is an excellent candidate to install over the pad or radiant heating lines. You’ll get the ultimate in warm floors; tile conducts heat like a pro.

Engineered hardwood

Want a real wood floor without the dust and difficult installation? Engineered hardwood is your answer. Engineered hardwood floors are floating floors like laminate floors, but are real wood floors. Some engineered hardwood products can even be sanded down and refinished when needed, though engineered hardwood floors cannot be refinished as often as real wood. Installation is similar to other floating floor products; do your homework to ensure that you have the right sub floor underneath and the right tools to do the job.

With engineered hardwood, expect the durability of a wood floor and a weakness for water spills. Engineered hardwood floors come in wide or thin boards, depending on your preference, and in any color that a traditional hardwood floor can.

Vinyl tile

You can’t get any easier in DIY installation than vinyl tile. Vinyl tile sticks to the floor; all you have to do is make sure that you are laying the tiles in the correct pattern and straight. Just peel and stick.

Vinyl tile is the perfect floor for a basement because water does not affect vinyl flooring; we’ve even heard of vinyl tiles being under a foot of water in a flooded basement that were not damaged. Vinyl tile is ideal for spaces where durability is not an option.

Have any questions about installation? Want to see your options in person? Or are you looking for professional installation? Ask us on our website or Facebook page. We can answer your questions, and you can get a great-looking floor that you’re proud to have installed.