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Ways to Keep Your Carpet Looking Great

bedroom with new carpet and fresh home decor ideasKeeping your carpets looking great isn’t a great mystery of the universe, but it is an effort worth taking on. After all, your carpets take all the foot (and paw) traffic you throw at it—and it’s entirely possible to keep them in tip-top shape with some easy care steps.

Don’t wait to tackle those stains.

Unfortunately, soda spills, pet accidents, and the occasional muddy footprint are a part of carpet ownership. When these accidental spills happen, don’t wait to start mopping up the spill. Note the catch: mopping, not scrubbing. Too much elbow grease can damage your carpet fibers, so make sure to mop up the spill fluid first. Use a quality carpet cleaner that won’t void the warranty (you can find a manufacturer-approved cleaner at your local flooring store).

Deep clean your carpets.

Carpet fibers can trap dirt and allergens over time. For the good of your carpet and allergies, schedule a professional carpet cleaning biannually. As tempting as it might be to rent a cleaner from a local hardware store, be wary of those dime store cleaners. Those carpet cleaners get used repeatedly, recycling the dirt and allergens that are picked up at every home. A professional carpet cleaner can remove stains and keep your carpet looking great.

Be strategic about your rugs.

If you want to keep your carpets clean and spot-free, stop the dirt before it gets in the door. Place mats and rugs by all the doors, in hallways, and areas where people enter your home. Train your pets to stop at the doors, and stay so you can clean their paws before they track in mud and dirt.

Vacuum with a GOOD vacuum cleaner.

A good vacuuming is a key part of keeping your carpet in top shape, but vacuuming can damage your carpet if you use the wrong machine. Vacuum cleaners that are too powerful can damage your carpet fibers and void the carpet warranty. Use these tips so you choose the right vacuum cleaners for your carpet (and your allergies).

Be selective.

One of the easiest ways to keep your carpet in top notch condition is to select the right carpeting for the room. Certain carpets are made for different conditions, such as for homes with pets or high-traffic areas. Use these tips to choose the right carpet for high-traffic areas and ask the experts at your local flooring store for carpets that have held up well in other local homes.

Carpet stains: Tips that Get Every Kind of Stain Out

woman holding tea cup and tablet while sitting on the carpet at home just before spilling on carpetPet accidents. Wine spills. Splashed beer. Dropped fruit juice. Dropped coffee. Nail polish. Our carpet cleaner once had to respond to a desperate homeowner who spilled paint on her brand new area rug. There are a lot of “oops!” that can lead to a carpet stain, and a few key tips that can make that stain a distant memory.

Test FIRST

Don’t assume that a cleaner made with household ingredients or a common cleaner from the store is going to take out the spot without damaging your carpet. Always find a spot in a closet or under a major piece of furniture where you can test the cleaning solution to make sure it doesn’t discolor or damage the carpet.

Don’t wait

Time is of the essence when it comes to carpet stains. Don’t wait to go after the stain. As soon as you see there is a spot on the floor, organize your cleaners and rag and go after that nasty stain.

Remove the cause

Before you spray any cleaner, wipe up any fluid (pet urine, beer, fruit juice, etc.). Absorb the fluid from the carpet with a paper towel or rag. If there is a lot of moisture, use a wet/dry vac to clean up the fluid.

Be careful what cleaner you use

Any cleaner—even a household solution—can damage your carpet and have another unforeseen impact: void the warranty. When your carpet is new(er), use an approved cleaner specified by your carpet manufacturer (if you don’t know what cleaners are approved, contact your local flooring store).

Blot, don’t scrub

As tempting as it might be to scrub as hard as possible, don’t use too much elbow grease to clean the stain. Scrubbing can damage the carpet fibers; instead, apply the cleaner and blot at the stain until the carpet is clean. If the source of the stain is pet urine, spray the stain with a mixture of two tablespoons of white vinegar and one quart of water to eliminate the odor.

Use a deep clean if all else doesn’t work

If you still can’t get the stain out, contact a carpet cleaner with professional equipment and expertise that can take care of the carpet stain. A professional deep cleaning service may be able to take care of the problem, so don’t hesitate to call them as soon as you can after your “oops!” occurred.

20 of our Favorite Floor Spring Cleaning Tips

living room carpet after spring floor cleaningWhen you’re tackling spring cleaning, don’t just look up at your dusty curtains or streaked windows.  Look down; winter and the spring mud can be particularly hard on your floors.

Preventative

  1. Train your pets to stop at the door so you can clean off paws before they come in.
  2. Put down rugs by all doors.
  3. Try to clean water spills off your wood floors as soon as possible (they could damage your floors).
  4. Sweep you floors daily to get rid of the gravel and small stones that get tracked in.
  5. Ask your guests to take off their shoes or, at the very least, wipe their shoes off on your rugs before they come in.
  6. Add felt pads to all your chairs and furniture (including folding chairs) to avoid scratches.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask your local flooring experts about cleaners BEFORE you mop your floors; they can give you a list of approved cleaners so you don’t void the warranty.

Carpet

  1. Buy a vacuum that won’t damage your carpet.
  2. Vacuum before you carpet clean your floors.
  3. Test a spot on your carpet that is not visible (i.e. under a chair) to make sure your cleaner doesn’t discolor your carpet.
  4. Blot stains, don’t scrub. Don’t twist your carpet fibers when you clean up carpet stains.
  5. Schedule a professional deep carpet cleaning to get all the salt and snow out of your carpets.

Wood Floors

  1. Don’t use water to clean your wood floors, as it may damage the wood.
  2. Be VERY careful when using a steam cleaner on your wood floors, or don’t use one at all (this could affect the warranty on your floor).
  3. Only use approved cleaners on your wood floors for a deep spring cleaning.

Tile

  1. Scrub your grout with an approved cleaner.
  2. Mop your tile floor regularly.

Laminate

  1. Do not use water to clean your floors (standing water can damage laminate floors).
  2. Use a soft padded mop and approved cleaner to give your floors a deep spring cleaning.
  3. Don’t use a steam cleaner on your laminate floors (this could affect the warranty on your floor).

Have any questions about deep spring cleaning? Contact us via email or on our Facebook page.  We can help you get your spring cleaning done (at least your floors!).

Floor Cleaning Tips for Every Room

wood floor cleaningYour floors can be one of the most beautiful parts of your home (and something everyone notices!) and also one of the dirtiest. Kids, pets, guests—they all track in dirt, grime, water, snow (thanks Wisconsin winters!) on to our handsome floors, making them, well, not so handsome over time. And if you’re like most homeowners, you have different floors to keep clean in your home: wood floors, carpet, tile and vinyl—and a million questions about how to clean each different type of flooring.

Wood floors

wood floor cleaning tipsPut rugs by all exterior doors. An ounce of prevention goes a long way to keep your wood floors looking their best. Make sure you have rugs by all your exterior doors to keep the dirt, sand, water and other daily grit off your floors. That daily grit can scratch your floors or wear down the finish, making your job of keeping your wood floors (especially the finish) in peak shape.

Protect your wood floors from scratches. As long as we’re talking about preventative steps to keep your wood floors looking great, 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. Use caution (and soft padding underneath) when moving anything around to prevent scratches.

Wipe up water and spills immediately. A water spill on a wood floor can make any homeowner’s heart stop, and for good reason. Don’t let water damage or warp your wood or laminate floors. Keep paper towel or a rag handy so you can get that puddle of water cleaned up immediately.

Use regular maintenance to keep your floor clean. Sweep, dust mop or vacuum (most flooring manufacturers recommend using the wand attachment or a gentle vacuum) to clean up the small particles that can scratch and damage your floor.

Be VERY cautious when using a steam cleaner on your wood floors, or don’t use one at all. 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.

Only use approved cleaners on your wood floors for deep cleaning. 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, phone or through their Facebook page.

Carpet

carpet cleaningBuy a vacuum that won’t damage your carpet, and vacuum regularly. All vacuums are created equal and won’t damage carpet, will it? Unfortunately, you’re wrong. Some vacuums are so powerful they can damage the fibers in your carpet. Use our post to determine what vacuum cleaner is right for you, and for your carpet. Once you’ve chosen the right vacuum cleaner, use it once a week to keep your carpet looking like new.

Clean up carpet stains quickly and with blotting. Did your aunt spill soda all over your new carpeting? Is the puppy not completely potty trained? When you find a spot on your carpet, clean it up as soon as possible—the sooner the better. And do you apply some serious elbow grease into scrubbing those pet stains, spilled juice or muddy footprints? You may be damaging your carpet fibers. Next time you need to clean up carpet stains, blot at your carpet with a moist cloth to remove the spill.

Carpet clean once or twice a year. We’re not talking about renting one of those cheap store brands. Give your carpets a real, professional deep clean twice a year, or at least annually. Make an appointment with a Y’s Way professional to give your carpets a deep clean, and to keep them clean—and looking new.

Tile Floors

tile flooring cleaning tipsUse rugs to your advantage. Keep rugs by all exterior doors for your guests and family to clean off their feet. If you have a dog, clean off paws before they enter the house. In high-traffic areas, put down area rugs to take the strain off your carpet. For example, if the area is a common walkway (or runway in the case of children), put down a runner. Vacuum the rugs often to make sure the dirt stays on the rugs.

Sweep or vacuum regularly. The everyday grime that accumulates on tile floors also can scratch and damage your tile. Use a dust mop or broom to keep your tile clean in between deep cleanings.

Clean up spills ASAP. Juice spills and other puddles can stain grout, and water can also do damage. Be ready to wipe up spills as soon as you see them.

Know what works on your tile floor, and what doesn’t. Be cautious when using cleaners on your floor. If you are trying a new cleaner, test clean an area that is not visible, such as behind an appliance. Check with Y’s Way Flooring or your flooring manufacturer to determine what works best, especially if the flooring is new and under warranty. If you’re looking for a tile cleaner you can make with household products, mix together vinegar and warm water (remember to test it before applying to the whole floor!).

Vinyl Floors

Stop the dirt before it gets to be a problem. Use rugs strategically placed at your entry ways and regular sweeping to keep daily dirt away. Dry mop or vacuum your hard floors. Be careful when vacuum cleaning; sharp parts of your vacuum can scratch or damage your vinyl floors.

Protect your vinyl floors from scratches. Use caution when moving furniture around to prevent scratches. Put a piece of plywood over your floor and under the furniture if you are sliding furniture pieces from place to place. Use protectors under your chairs and furniture to prevent scratches on your vinyl floor from daily activity.

Test before cleaning. This should be a mantra in your floor cleaning; before you do any deep cleaning, ALWAYS test an area that is not visible first. This simple step ensures that the cleaner does not discolor or damage your floor in high-traffic areas. If your floor is under warranty, check in with floor installer or flooring source, such as Y’s Way Flooring, to find out what cleaners are recommended to keep your warranty intact. If you have any questions about vinyl floor cleaning (or any type of floor cleaning), don’t hesitate to ask via email or on Facebook. They’ve seen and installed almost any type of flooring, and can give you floor cleaning tips to keep your floors looking their best.