Monthly Archives: October 2016

5 Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors

warm wood floors in home that need deep cleanThere are a million different tips on the internet about deep cleaning hardwood floors: use ammonia and water, don’t clean with ammonia cleaner, combine vinegar and water, only use water.  Really, the basic steps of deep cleaning hardwood floors is pretty uniform:

  1. Sweep and vacuum wood floor.
  2. Mop wood floors (don’t leave excess water on the floor).
  3. Rinse floor if recommended on cleaning product.
  4. Make sure wood floor dries.

The basics steps for deep cleaning your wood floors sounds simple, but as you can tell from those websites, advice is all over the board (and not always for the best).  That’s why it’s best to ask the experts (us, not the internet chat rooms) for tips that’ll get your wood floors clean and keep them looking as good as the day they were installed.

Sweep and vacuum thoroughly

The first step in cleaning your wood floors is a thorough sweep to get rid of all the dirt and grime.  Back up your sweep with a vacuum (or a vacuum cleaner attachment) to pick up any small stones, gravel, or debris so your floor is completely clear for your deep cleaning.

Only use hardwood cleaners

As tempting as it may be to buy a simple household cleaning product like ammonia or vinegar at the grocery store and dilute it in water, think twice.  Vinegar can damage the finish on your floors, leaving your floor looking dull.  Instead, ask the experts (who actually install and deal with wood floors regularly) for recommendations for hardwood cleaners that get your floor clean and won’t void the floor warranty.  Once you have your cleaner, follow the directions and start to mop your floors.    

Thoroughly wring out the mop

This is very IMPORTANT: don’t leave puddles as you mop.  Wring as much water out of the mop as possible, and apply it to your floor.  If your floor is incredibly dirty, such as a floor that hasn’t been cleaned in awhile or in a home that was previously vacant, you may need to get on your hands and knees with a soft cloth (or hire someone who can deep clean your floor).

Make sure your floor dry.

If the weather is very humid (like during one of our hot summer days), use fans to dry your floors out.  Water is a wood floor’s worst enemy, and can cause warping, buckling, and staining that can permanently damage your floor.

Ask for help when removing marks on the floor

Before you tackle those scuff marks and stains, ask your local flooring experts for tips on removing marks and stains so you can avoid scratching or damaging your wood floor.  A little bit of research now can benefit you in the long run, especially when you’re enjoying your beautiful wood floor.

When should I get my carpets cleaned? Why should I clean my carpets?

How often should I clean my carpets?

clean off white carpet after a professional carpet cleaningWe know this is the answer you don’t want to hear because it’s not a definite number, but the general rule is that carpets should be cleaned every 12-18 months—more often if you have kids or pets.  If you do, your carpets should be cleaned more often, but not with that rent-a-cleaner you can get at the local hardware store.

As convenient as a rental carpet cleaner is (and as great as it is for emergency stains), consider investing in a professional carpet cleaning to get maximum results.  Professional carpet cleaning gives your carpets a deep clean that those rent-a-cleaners only dream of (and with a clean machine and water), and with better cleaning products—and natural ones if you contact a real pro.

Why should I give my carpets a good carpet cleaning?

While it’s easy to think about carpet cleaning after a pet accident, spill, or, in the case of one of our clients, a paint spill on her new area rug, a thorough deep carpet cleaning can have benefits beyond an emergency clean-up.

Allergen Removal

Vacuuming is a great first step in your fight to remove allergens, but it only keeps allergens like dust, pet dander, dust mites and mold spores at bay—and it may not remove every allergen (even if you used our tips for keeping allergies away and buy an allergy-friendly vacuum). Think of vacuuming as the battle, and carpet cleaning as the winner of the war.  Schedule a professional carpet cleaning to remove the allergens all the way down to the pad.

Warranty

Once you’ve invested in a new carpet, it’s time to move on to the next step: taking care of your new carpet.  Many carpet manufacturers even require you to take care of it by scheduling a regular professional carpet cleaning for the warranty.  When, and how often, those carpet cleanings occur depends on the manufacturer’s specifications.

Pet Stain (& Odor) Removal

Once puppy training is done—and there is an end in sight (don’t worry dog owners!)—or while you’re still in the process of house training, scheduling a professional carpet cleaning can remove the stain and any odors from puppy accidents.  Removing odors is important not just for your nose, but also for your puppy’s because puppies often pee or soil in the same spot—which they can smell, even if you can’t smell or see it.

Resale Value

If you don’t carpet clean your carpets, three scenarios could arise if your carpets are stained: 1) you may have to carpet clean the carpets anyway; 2) the home owners could request a lower price to accommodate the cost of new flooring; or 3) your home may not sell because of the “gross” carpets.  Needless to say, scheduling a professional carpet cleaning puts your home’s best foot forward—and can add dollar to your sale price.

Easy Entertaining/Holiday Clean

Whether before or after your family holiday or night of entertaining, a professional carpet clean can bring new life to your home and carpets.  If someone spilled on your brand new carpets or you need to cover up your latest carpet stain, schedule a carpet cleaning to get your home ready—or back in shape after your party.