There’s only a little over a week to go before Thanksgiving! If you’re hosting your entire extended family for a boisterous dinner or if it’s only going to be a cozy meal, you’ll want to show off your home at its best. And that starts from the bottom up. We’ve got some tips on how to clean various types of flooring.
Hardwood Floors: The great thing about hardwood flooring is it’s beautiful, natural, and easy to clean. You should be cleaning your hardwood floors at least once a week using a dry-mop, a broom, or a vacuum made for hardwood floors. Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar, it can damage your floor. For a deeper clean, if you have a surface finished floor, home guru Bob Vila recommends using a homemade solution comprising a quarter-cup of dish soap and a gallon of warm water. “Saturate a sponge mop with the cleaner, wring out the excess liquid until the mop head is damp but not dripping, then mop three-foot sections of the floor at a time using circular motions to draw out dirt and grime. Then, rinse the mop in fresh water, wring out the excess, and damp mop the floor again to soak up lingering cleaner. Use a soft, clean towel to dry the floor.”
Tile Flooring: A favorite for bathrooms and kitchens, tile floors are super easy to maintain. You can use almost any type of cleaner on porcelain or ceramic tile floors. You can use an all-purpose cleaner, plain vinegar, or even dish soap. The folks at the home decor site The Spruce recommend that after sweeping or vacuuming, dip a chamois mop or rag in the solution. They don’t recommend a sponge mop. One mistake a lot of people make is not changing the water often. If you don’t you’ll just be spreading dirt around.
Carpets and Rugs: Carpets and rugs can make your home seem warm and cozy. Make sure you vacuum at least once a week, paying special attention to high-traffic areas. Pre-holidays might be a good time to deep clean your carpets and rugs. Of course, you can hire someone to do the deep clean, but you can also do-it-yourself. Rental machines are easy to find. The deep steam clean will get out dirt and stains that your regular cleaning may miss.
After deep cleaning your floors, you might realize it’s time to replace or refinish your flooring. Contact us at KFD to talk about your design options.
St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and if you are hosting a party in your home, it is wise to be prepared for any spills that may happen! Beer is a common part of these celebrations but unfortunately is not the most carpet friendly substance. Keep some supplies on hand for quick clean-ups to prevent a worse stain from forming.
There a few methods for cleaning up beer stains. Always spot test a small part of your carpet to make sure the treatment you plan to use is safe for your carpeting. You can start with one of these methods and then try an additional one if the first one does not work for you.
1.Soak up as much of the beer stain as you can before the beer is absorbed into the carpet.
2. Combine 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water.
3. Soak a sponge in this solution and then blot the affected area of the carpet, working from the outside of the stain in.
4. Follow up with a sponge with cold water to help remove any remaining vinegar smell.
This method is a great one to quickly treat the stain but allows you to get back to your party and guests quickly!
1.Soak beer up with a clean towel before it has a chance to absorb into the carpet.
2. Take baking soda and sprinkle it directly on the beer stain, making sure to cover the entire stain.
3.Leave the baking soda to sit on the beer stain for 24 hours, helping to soak up all the remaining smell that beer may leave behind.
4.Vacuum up the baking soda after 24 hours
If your carpet still has an odor after trying these methods, repeat the baking soda treatment since baking soda will absorb the smell.
If your spill happened on hardwood floors or laminate, clean up the spill as quickly as possible. If you wipe up the spill immediately after it has happened there should be no lingering issues. If there is a smell or a residue, use a damp sponge to wipe the area and then thoroughly dry with a clean towel.
Try to prevent beer spills from happening at a party by keeping towels underneath your cooler or drink bucket if its on the floor. Have a clearly marked recycling bin for people to place their empty bottles or cans.
Memorial Day has acquired a few different meanings over the years. Of course, it’s a time to reflect on those who’ve given their life to protect our country. To be grateful for those who’ve served and continue to serve; we are eternally grateful. It’s also a time to kick-off summer (unofficially, of course) and nearly every home in this country celebrate that with a good old backyard barbecue! It’s a great time to get together with friends and family and enjoy a nice grilled burger or hot dog. If you’ve recently replaced your carpets, however, you’re going to want to keep them clean and free of traffic dirt and any sauce spills that could threaten the flooring. Here are our tips on how to clean the biggest condiment offenders!
Who doesn’t love a load of ketchup on their hot dog or burger? Take a big bite out of that bad boy, and inevitably a dollop squirts out from the back, dropping to the floor. Use the dull edge of a butter knife to remove as much ketchup as possible. Dab lukewarm water on the stain if it’s dried. Apply club soda to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Spray with detergent solution and let soak for five minutes. Blot with a clean cloth.
Mustard and Ketchup seem to do the same for your grilled meat-make it taste infinitely better, and make a mess! When you discover the mustard stain, don’t scrub it! You could potentially make matters worse. Take a clean cloth and blot the stain gently to remove as much of the mustard as possible. Blot the stain with a solution of 2 cups warm water and 1 part dishwashing detergent. Mix a bit of dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide to create a paste, and then use a spatula to spread the paste onto the stain. Use a steam iron on the lowest setting and hover the iron over the stain (don’t touch it!) for 30 seconds to loosen the stain. Next, dip a clean towel into cold water and blot to lift off any mustard residue, and pat with a dry clean cloth until the mustard stain is no longer visible.
This is what grilling is made for-barbecue sauce! It can be a real pain if your guests spill any of that sauce onto your brand new carpet. But don’t worry, follow these steps: First, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water. Use a clean cloth to dip into solution, and then blot the stain. Repeat these steps until the stain has disappeared. If the stain is still there, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with ½ cup warm water and soak the stain by blotting with a clean cloth; sponge with cold water and blot dry.
If you’re in the market for new carpeting, wait till after your Barbecue party, but if you’ve just replaced your carpet, use this guide to keep them looking new no matter how many guests, or condiments, touch your carpet this weekend!