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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.

Common Home Cleaning Mistakes

clean floorsWe can hear the exasperated, “It’s just cleaning my house. How hard can it be?” As simple as cleaning may be, it’s easy to make these common home cleaning mistakes. We understand. We’ve, ahem, even made some of these mistakes ourselves…and we’ve certainly seen the effects of common home cleaning mistakes. There’s the customer who used a steam cleaner to clean her wood floors and was left with water damage. The carpeting that doesn’t need carpet cleaning, it needs fibers back because of an overambitious vacuum cleaner. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of common home cleaning mistakes, so you can learn from some of the most frequent errors made in the name of cleanliness:

  1. Scrubbing carpet stains. 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.
  2. Mopping (or steam cleaning) your wood floor with water. Repeat after us: water and wood do not mix. Sitting water is the enemy for wood floors, causing water damage and warped floor boards. To clean your floors, use a cleaner and soft dust mop to clean up spills and give your floors a new shine. Please don’t use a steam cleaner on your floors. If you want to know why, read our recent post on steam cleaners and wood floors.
  3. (Sort of ) deep cleaning your carpets. It’s so tempting to rent a cleaner and declare your carpets clean. Unfortunately, very few rent-a-cleaners can get your carpets as clean as a professional carpet cleaning.
  4. Being unintentionally abrasive. Is that sponge the right tool for your cleaning? What effect will that cleaner have on the tile you’re cleaning? Don’t go into a cleaning job without knowing if you are going to damage that flooring, countertop, table or other surface you’re cleaning.
  5. Using a vacuum cleaner that damages your new carpet. Today’s vacuum cleaners are all about increasing suction, and that’s not always a good thing. Are you unintentionally damaging your carpet with a vacuum cleaner with too much suction—and voiding your warranty? Read our blog post to make sure you’re not making this common cleaning mistake, and getting yourself into hot water with your carpet manufacturer in the process.

If you don’t know how to clean your new flooring, or your new-to-you-flooring, don’t be afraid to ask. Send us a message or post on our Facebook page, send us an email, give us a call or stop in at a Y’s Way Flooring in Watertown, Oconomowoc or Lake Mills. We can help you clean your floor—without causing damage or making an unintentional common cleaning mistake.

5 Reasons Spring is Carpet Cleaning Time

carpet cleaningThere are many reasons Wisconsinites rejoice when spring comes. There’s the warmer temperatures, outside activities, summer blooms, sun…the list could go on and on. There’s also the spring cleaning, which includes window washing, cleaning quilts and carpet cleaning (for a list of other spring cleaning tasks, read our recent post). Yes, you read that last item right. Spring is an ideal time to rid your carpets of all the winter grime and spring mud. Why? Here are 5 reasons spring is and ideal carpet cleaning time:

  1. The kids aren’t around all day yet. Spring is an ideal time to move all your furniture out of the room you need carpet cleaned, and move it back in before they have to go to bed. Summer carpet cleaning is a bit more logistically challenging because now you have to move the furniture and worry about occupying them (though there are solutions to this challenge too!).
  2. Get rid of the spring mud. Yes, the spring thaw also brings out the spring mud. Carpet cleaning is an ideal way to rid your carpets of the mud and prepare for summer.
  3. You can do fun things this summer without worrying about carpet cleaning. Prompt spring carpet cleaning means one less thing to worry about later.
  4. Warmer temperatures mean you can open the windows during carpet cleaning. It’s a very nice advantage of the warmer spring temperatures.
  5. Say good-bye to pet stains. Did you just get done potty training your puppy? Or do you just want those pet stains gone? A good spring carpet cleaning can rid your home of those winter pet stains.

If you want a deep carpet clean with green carpet cleaners, call Y’s Way Flooring. A professional carpet cleaner can remove more stains than renting a carpet cleaner yourself, and has more expertise and carpet cleaning experience.

Home Spring Cleaning Checklist

1926662_10152777203739378_7515375266822588355_nWisconsinites, it’s the time we’ve been waiting for all winter! Our cabin fever is gone because spring is here.  The subzero temperatures (hopefully) are gone. With the warmer temperatures of spring comes lots of outdoor time and (drum roll, please)…the much anticipated (or dreaded) spring cleaning. That’s right, it’s time to air out the house and give your home a deep clean that goes beyond your regular vacuuming and house cleaning. So where do you start your spring cleaning? We’ve put together a handy spring cleaning checklist to help you get through your deep spring clean:

  • Call Y’s Way for professional carpet and floor cleaning. (We wouldn’t recommend steam cleaning your wood floors. Read why here.)
  • Clean your appliances.
  • Remove spider webs.
  • Wash window.
  • Dust ceiling fans and wash light fixture coverings.
  • Clean blinds and curtains.
  • Clean the top of cabinets.
  • Clean tile grout in your shower, on your floor or on your countertops.
  • Powerwash your house.
  • Clean heating and air conditioning vent.
  • Wash comforters and quilts.
  • Clean fireplace stone/tile and mantle.
  • Clean sliding door tracks.
  • Scrub down showers.
  • Dust inside of cabinets.

If you or someone in your family has allergies, add duct cleaning to your list. An annual duct cleaning can remove all the allergens that circulated throughout the winter, and give your allergy sufferer some relief if they have to stay indoors for the summer. Call Y’s Way to set up your appointment so you can finish your spring cleaning checklist and start enjoying our fantastic spring temperatures.

What’s the best vacuum for my carpet?

10431434_10153077151679378_8048289848300003576_nIn the market for a vacuum cleaner? It’s not a small decision given the angst you put into selecting the right flooring for your home. One of the most important factors in your vacuum purchase is who you are looking to for guidance. We can hear your reaction: say what?

Yes, that’s right. If you recently installed new carpets, it’s best to look to the carpet manufacturer of your flooring for advice. With the increased push by vacuum manufacturers to increase suction, carpet manufacturers like Mohawk, Shaw and Bieulieu have guidelines for carpet care and even make vacuum recommendations:

http://caressbyshaw.com/care-warranty

http://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-care-maintenance/vacuumingsoftcarpet/

http://www.blissflooring.com/bliss/home-carpet/cleaning/vacuuming.aspx

Why should you care what they think? Besides the fact that the carpet manufacturers perform extensive testing to determine what’s best, the kind of vacuum you own could affect the warranty. Simply, if your vacuum damages your flooring, and the vacuum is not a recommended brand, you’ve got a damaged carpet and nowhere to turn to remedy the problem.

With that said, please don’t stop vacuuming your carpets. Your carpet needs regular carpet cleaning by professional cleaners and maintenance to keep it looking its best and remove allergens. But when it’s time to buy a new vacuum cleaner, check out these websites or visit the pros at Y’s Way Flooring. We’ll help guide your vacuum cleaner purchase so you don’t end up with results that suck the money out of your pocketbook.

Are you (and your floors) ready for the spring mud?

After days of sub-zero temperatures and biting Wisconsin cold, we’re ready for spring. (For Wisconsinites that’s any time the temperature hits above freezing.) What we’re not ready for is the mud. The mud that our kids, dog, pets and guests track all over our carpets, laminate, vinyl, tile and wood floors. The muddy footprints and puddles that cause us to leap into action, just short of a panic attack, and scramble to find a towel to clean our very loved floors—or at least floors that we want to stay looking loved for a long, long time (even if we really don’t love that carpet, laminate, vinyl, tile or wood floor). So how do you stay ahead of the mud in your home?

  • For wood and laminate floors, clean up any mud as soon as you can with a towel, and keep your wood floor clear of any puddles that might damage your wood floors. If you need to use any liquid to clean up a particularly dirty spot, dry the floor as soon as you are done. Sweep up the pebbles and stones often to avoid scratches on your wood and laminate floors.
  • For carpet, test an area of the carpet with your carpet cleaner for color fastness first. If your carpet cleaner has tested safe, apply the carpet cleaner to the mud and blot gently with a soft cloth working from the outside in. Avoid scrubbing as that might damage the carpet. When done, apply a small amount of water to your cloth and blot again. When the mud is out and the carpet is drying, vacuum the area. Make sure your carpets are professionally carpet cleaned every 12-18 months to keep them looking their best. Check our Facebook page for carpet cleaning discounts.
  • For vinyl and tile floors, a wet cloth or mop works best. Make sure you get the dirt out of the grout so it doesn’t stain.

Have any questions? Stop in at a Y’s Way Flooring in Watertown, Lake Mills, or Oconomowoc and ask one of our experts how to get that mud out of your carpet, laminate, vinyl, tile or wood floor or contact us with your floor cleaning questions. You’ve waited for our Wisconsin spring for a long time—don’t let a little mud on your floor ruin your spring.

10 Home Decor Gifts for Your Hard-to-Shop-For Gift Recipient

10408756_10152820770539378_8478996269662088156_nGoing down your gift list and checking it twice? Finding friends and family members on your list who are hard to shop for? Sick of giving gift cards? Look no further for inspiration. We’ve got practical holiday décor gifts for the hardest gift recipients:

  •  Carpet Cleaning for the cleaning fanatic, for the new homeowner or overwhelmed parent. As you can see, carpet cleaning is the perfect gift for quite a few people on your list.
  • Blinds for the parent who wants to sleep in. Have a new parent on your list who is tired from waking up with their toddler every morning? Have some compassion. Purchase darkening curtains for their toddlers’ room so everyone is happy—and getting enough sleep.
  • Window treatments for new homeowners. For a couple building a house or a friend or family member that just bought their first house, this is the gift that helps their budget and the look of their new house.
  • Area rug for the owners of a new wood floor. Did your gift recipient just splurge on a new wood floor?  Do you have a family member who is decorating a new nursery with a wood floor? Get a custom area rug made to protect their floor, and cushion their feet.
  • Blinds for a new sun porch, or for just about anyone that wants to relax in peace. Need a gift for a dad, grandpa or anyone who loves to relax (or nap) in the sun room or enclosed porch? Or for a loyal TV watcher who wants the light but not the glare? Blinds are the solution for both problems.
  • New carpet for that old bedroom carpet you ruined at your parent’s house. Did you leave behind nail polish and soda stains when you moved out? Replace that old carpeting in your parent’s house so they only have good memories of your time at home.
  • Duct cleaning for the allergy sufferer. We’ll acknowledge that this is not the most glamorous of gifts, but for an allergy sufferer, the absence of sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and inhalers are the gift that keeps giving.
  • Upholstery and/or carpet cleaning for the pet owner. Have a friend that considers their pet their baby? Make their carpet and furniture cleaner, while still safe for Rover and Prissy. Y’s Way Carpet Cleaners use natural cleaners that can eliminate the pet stains and keep their baby happy and healthy.
  • A rug or flooring for the man cave. Does your man need a sound insulator for his new theatre room? Or are you tired of hearing yelling from his new sports space? Does he need a blanket to relax in his man cave? Look into new carpeting or a carpet remnant for his man space.
  • New flooring to replace that tile, carpet or linoleum she hates. Your significant other has tolerated that old flooring for years.  Bring a smile to her face by giving her the gift of carpet, wood or tile flooring that she likes.

The best news: you don’t need to run around to a ton of different stores to get the perfect holiday decor gifts. Just stop in at Y’s Way Flooring in Watertown, Lake Mills or Oconomowoc, and all your shopping can be done—a win-win for you and your hard-to-shop-for gift recipients.

5 Ways to Protect Your Floors from the Holidays

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Keep those floors beautiful this holiday and all year.

As the old song says, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” Unless you live in a box, you’ve seen the signs: the holiday lights on all the houses, Christmas trees on top of cars and trucks, and a full blanket of snow from Jefferson to Watertown to Fond du Lac and every Wisconsin town in between (and north). While the signs of the holiday are beautiful, they also wreak havoc on your floors. So how do you protect your floors from the joys of the holidays?

  1. If you’re getting a real tree, buy floor protection. Believe it or not, it’s not expensive to protect your carpet, wood floor or laminate from the watering that comes with a real tree. Buy a round, plastic protector from any hardware store so the water doesn’t damage your flooring.
  2. 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 dog, clean off paws before they enter the house.
  3. Carpet clean after the holidays. Get rid of the stains from Grandma’s wine and all your holiday parties 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. If another family member is hosting the holidays, give them a thank you gift for all their work: a professional carpet cleaning.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

If you can, ask your guests and family to take off their shoes at the door so snow and dirt doesn’t get tracked through the house. If you have any questions about protecting your floors, or about new flooring to replace damage, contact Y’s Way for assistance. Just remember: a little bit of prevention goes a long way toward keeping your flooring gorgeous through the holidays and into the New Year.

10 Reasons Why Carpet Cleaning is the Ultimate Gift

Kids_carpetIt’s not another sweater. The ultimate gift for that person in your life who has everything is not in a department store on Black Friday. When racking your mind for gift ideas, give that gift recipient the gift that is next to godliness—cleaning—without lifting a finger.  Doesn’t sound very sentimental, does it? To the contrary, giving the gift of carpet cleaning is the ultimate gift, and for very good reason:

  1. You can get rid of all those holiday gathering spills. The family may be gone but the spills remain. Say thank you to your family or friends for hosting the family get together by helping them clean up afterward (without having to actually, ahem, clean).
  2. It’s way more affordable than you think. You won’t have to take out a second mortgage to pay for this gift, while still being able to make an impact on their whole house.
  3. Your new homeowner appreciates the chance to get rid of the last owner’s grime. If your gift recipient is a new homeowner, help them get a clean start in their new house.
  4. There are only so many sweaters you can give. This is the gift for that person in your life that has everything—or the person that thinks that cleanliness is next to godliness.
  5. It’s cheaper than new carpets. Is your gift recipient on a budget? Give them the feel of luxurious new carpets without paying for replacement.
  6. Your Christmas present, a puppy, is done potty training! Now it’s time to get rid of the accidents you had to endure to achieve that milestone.
  7. The gift of no allergy-related sneezing is the gift that keeps giving. Have a cat lover on your list who’s allergic to cats and doesn’t want to give them up? Here’s your answer.
  8. For busy families, a clean house is a luxury that feels like a gift. If you have a young family on your list that can’t keep up with house cleaning, help them out.
  9. For the OCD cleaner, this is the ultimate gift. We know a woman who gave her husband a mop for the holidays, and he loved it. This is the same kind of sentiment.
  10. Santa says your gift recipient has been extra good this year.

To clarify: don’t buy your gift recipient a carpet cleaner, or rent one at the local hardware store. Give them a real, deep carpet clean that they don’t have to lift a finger to do. Contact Y’s Way, a local carpet cleaner with experience and a good track record. That’s a holiday gift we all can appreciate.