Flooring Maintenance

Carpet : The latest carpet fibers are designed to look better longer, however no carpet is completely maintenance free. Keeping it looking and performing great, requires the right kind of care, including :
1. Frequent vacuuming; non-traffic areas– once a week
light-traffic areas– twice a week
moderate to heavy– two to five times a week
2. Periodic professional cleaningAt least once a year
Hot water extraction method (steam cleaning) is the preferred method.
We can do this for you, so give us a call to set up an appointment.
3. Spot Cleaning– If spot removal is needed, we carry an excellent biodegradable, odor-free spot cleaner.
4. RepairsWe can perform various carpet repairs:

Re-stretching– If a carpet over time has a bubble or a raised area, we can stretch it flat.
Seam repair– If a carpet seam comes loose or opens we can usually re-seam the old carpet.

Sheet Vinyl : Vacuuming or sweeping at least once a week is sufficient. If needed, occasionally clean with a cloth or mop (micro-fiber or terrycloth) slightly moistened with a mild detergent. We also carry various manufacturer brands of rinse-free vinyl cleaners.

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Laminate Floors

                                           The Do’s and Don’ts of Laminate Care

Laminates are specially designed to be easy-care, low maintenance floors.
The following general guidelines will help you maintain their strength and prolong their appearance.

Here are some helpful Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind when treating your Laminate Flooring:

Do’s

Do dust-mop and vacuum your floor frequently, especially in high-traffic areas; only use a vacuum with a soft bristle brush.
Do keep pets’ nails trimmed and their paws free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil, and stains.
Do use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight, and rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help your floor age evenly.
Do remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on floor.
Do avoid exposure to water as much as possible during inclement weather.

 

 Don’ts

Do not wet-mop or clean your floor with water or other liquid; for slightly damp maintenance, lightly spray laminate cleaner  on  a duster and wipe dry immediately.
Do not use any type of cleaning machine such as spray mops, steam cleaners/mops, power cleaners or buffing machines.
Do not use wax, polish, oils, soaps, detergents, shine enhancers, varnish, silicon or ammonia to clean floor.
Do not use harsh cleaning aids such as steel wool pads, any scouring pads containing metal or scouring powders.
Do not use 2-in-1 cleaners with polish that may contain acrylics or urethane polish to restore gloss.

 

A Clean Routine
Vacuum or sweep with a soft-bristle broom regularly, especially before using floor cleaners, to prevent gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the floor’s surface. Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head. Wipe up spills and spots immediately with Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Hardwood & Laminate Flooring Cleaner applied directly to a clean white cloth. Carefully remove stubborn stains such as paint, oil, markers, lipstick and tar with an acetone-based fingernail polish remover. Use ice to harden tough substances such as candle wax or chewing gum and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

Floor Mats Protect Your Floors
High-quality floor mats at entrances and exits are key to reducing laminate wear. They collect and trap all the corrosive substances that can be tracked in from outdoors, including dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Also use mats in areas of constant pressure, such as in front of vanities, kitchen sinks and stoves.

Protective Pads On Furniture — A Good Idea
Attach felt or similar protective pads to all furniture legs, particularly heavy pieces. When you’re moving furniture, appliances or other heavy objects, use a dolly; never slide or roll anything across the floor. If furniture has hard plastic or metal casters/wheels, use protective mats underneath or replace them with soft rubber casters.

 

Wood Floors:
Vacuum or sweep regularly. The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type. Never mop or flood your floor with water or other products. Use the manufacturers recommended products in conjunction with a micro-fiber swifter mop.

 

For more information click here: ==> The Carpet And Rug Institute