Rainy days can mean lots of water, dirt, and debris getting tracked inside your house on wet shoes and muddy boots. Water on the floor is a fall hazard and may also cause damage to your flooring. Dirt and debris tracked in on shoes can make for a cleaning nightmare.
1.Take wet shoes off at the entryway to help contain dirt and moisture. Have a mat inside your doorway for wiping off wet shoes as well as a rubber mat or boot tray to leave the wet shoes to dry off. You may consider storing a basket of old towels by the door as well, since these can always be spread out on the floor if you are expecting a large group of people and do not have enough room on the mat for wet shoes.
2. If you have pets, keep a basket of towels by any entrance ways they use. Wipe their paws before they come back inside the house. Consider limiting access to a doggie door to prevent your pet from coming inside on a rainy day before you can wipe their paws and tracking moisture and debris all over the house.
3. Remember that wet clothes and bags can also drip water through the house. Have a coat rack by the entrance way for hanging up bags and coats and keep a hamper in the nearest bathroom if your children have clothes soaked from being outside in the rain.
4. If water has dripped on your floor, wipe it up right away with clean, dry cloths. You can use a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris that may have been tracked in as well. Old, wet leaves from the previous fall, flower blossoms, and cut grass tracked in on shoes may all stain the floor, so pick this debris up as soon as possible to prevent damage.
5. If your carpet has gotten wet or dirty, blot it dry with clean, dry cloths as much as you can. Use a carpet cleaner that is color-safe for your rug on the dirty spots or try club soda to lift the stain. Vacuum the stain after treating and repeat the treatment if necessary.
6. If you lack a great entryway with room for mats, try to create one as best as you can. You could use an area of the garage or porch for mats to take off wet shoes.
The Internet, family suggestions, and new product advertisements can make it hard to know the best way to care for your floors! Properly caring for your floors while protecting them from dangerous products is important for good upkeep!
Here are the Basics for Cleaning Hardwood Floors
1.Dust mop, vacuum, or sweep the entire floor.
Running a product like a Swiffer over your floors everyday can help keep dust, pet hair, and dirt at bay and is gentle on your floors.
2. Use a damp microfiber cloth or pad to wipe the floors clean. Damp is key, there is no need to use a sopping wet mop on hardwood floors and doing so can damage them!
3. If you choose to use a cleaner, spray it onto the cloth rather than the floor itself.
4.Clean the entire floor, rinsing the cleaning cloth often.
Regular dust mopping and sweeping will make it unnecessary to regularly use harsh cleaners on your flooring. If you do need to use a floor cleaning solution, one great product is Bona’s Hardwood Floor Cleaner. Don’t use a product that is considered professional grade, as they are meant to be applied under special circumstances by trained professionals with professional tools. Professional grade products may damage your floors.
Other popular remedies like a mixture of vinegar and water can eventually damage the finish of your hardwood floors since vinegar is very acidic. This will necessitate your entire floor being sanded and refinished to fix the damage.
Waxes and polishes do not adhere well to the polyurethane coating which was used to seal your hardwood floors. They may initially make your floors shiny, but the product will build up over time, leaving you with a sticky residue on your flooring that traps dirt. This is another product that may cause you to need to refinish your flooring to undo the damage.
Get professional help if you have damaged flooring or if you feel like your floors need more than a simple cleaning. Trained professionals can assess the problem and either properly clean the floors or sand and refinish them, restoring their initial luster and shine.
Hardwood floors are a timeless investment in your home but require proper care to stay beautiful! Stains happen in any home but proper cleaning methods can help remove stains from the wood without damaging the flooring.
The first step in removing any stain is determining what caused the stain in the first place. Many stains will come off easily after being rubbed with a damp cloth. Dried mud and food spills should lift off easily with just a cloth and some elbow grease. Worse stains such as nail polish can be cleaned off with a little bit of dish detergent mixed with warm water and rubbed on with a soft cloth. Greasy food stains should come out with a small amount of ammonia mixed with cold water and rubbed on with a cloth.
Worse stains will often leave a ring. The color of the ring can help you decide how deep the stain has gone. White rings around a stain indicate that the stain is within the floor finish. Black rings around a stain indicate a deeper penetration into the flooring and will require more work.
For a white ring around a stain, try to remove the stain from the floor by covering it with a dry cotton cloth and rubbing it with a hot iron ( with no steam) for two to three seconds. You can also use a very fine steel wool pad that has been soaked in lemon oil. This will act as a lubricant and prevent the steel wool from scratching while also buffing out the stain. Gently rub the steel wool onto the white ring. Finally, dampen a cloth with denatured alcohol and rub onto the stained area for just a few seconds.
Black rings around a stain are often water stains that have penetrated into the finish of the floor. Try first to dip a brush into a tiny amount of bleach and rub onto the stain. Do this again several hours later and then let the area be until the next day. If this did not take care of the stain, you may need to strip, sand, and reseal the area of the stain.
If you need help remedying a stain or have other flooring needs in general, our flooring specialists are here to help you! Give us a call today!
Hardwood floors are a beautiful investment but need proper care to stay nice! Rainy spring weather and messy shoes from grass clippings or mud do more than get your floors dirty. The tiny, hard pieces in dirt scratch up your wood, dulling the shine. Follow our tips here to keep your hardwood floors beautiful, and clean!
- Clean up dust and dirt regularly! Sweep, dust mop with a tool such as Swiffer or microfiber mop, or vacuum at least once per week to maintain the floor finish and appearance. This will pick up particles that get tracked through your home as well as animal fur if you have pets. Dust and dirt has a sandpaper effect on floors and can wear down the beautiful finish on hardwoods so it is important to keep up with this chore.
- Protect your floors from spring rains! Rugs and mats at entryways, the end of steps, and bathroom exits will extend the life of your floors by protecting them from harmful moisture. All rugs should allow the floor to breathe so rubber-backed rugs and mats should be avoided. Regularly shake out and vacuum rugs frequently to prevent trapped dirt from transferring to the hardwood floor.
- If the flooring in your home has a lot of dirt buildup, you may consider using a wet mop to clean them. Cleaning agents are often not necessary for hardwood floors but if you do choose to use them, check the labels carefully for hardwood floor suitability. We have a few we can suggest to you, just give us a call. If you do have a brand you plan to use, just be sure to check all package labeling carefully.
Otherwise, use a very small amount of water and wring out the mop carefully to prevent damaging the floors with too much moisture. The mop should be barely damp, more water is not necessary. If it is very humid, use a floor fan or run the ceiling fan to help the floors dry quickly.
- Take off your shoes! Keep a boot rack or shoe rack at entryways to store shoes and have a special mat or storage place for wet shoes. If your spring wardrobe includes peep toe high heels, make sure to take these off as well since high heeled shoes can damage the finish of hardwood floors. Also check out your pet’s feet. Wipe paws at the entryway after dogs have been outside and keep pet nails trimmed to prevent scratches on the floor.
- If you are changing décor or furniture with the new season, consider the impact on your floors. Carefully pick up and move furniture rather than dragging to avoid scratches in the finish. Lightly set the furniture down and attach felt pad floor protectors to the bottom of furniture to prevent damage.
Our relationship with our clients is not over when we are done installing your floor! If there is anything we can do to help you maintain your beautiful flooring, please give one of our specialists a call today!
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!