Follow these tips to keep your flooring looking its best.
You’ll Love Doormats
Every entrance requires a doormat. Doormats keep people from tracking dirt indoors and can be purchased for under $20 at most any retailer or online. There are hundreds of inviting options available, as well, so there’s no need to worry about aesthetics. They can also help extend the life of your flooring.
Just Leave Your Shoes at the Door
Enforcing a “no shoes in the house” rule is an excellent idea. From the school cafeteria to public bathrooms, shoes go everywhere, all the while picking up a disturbing number of germs and unmentionables. Leaving boots at the door can prevent contaminants from invading your home, preserving indoor air quality and reducing allergens.
Clean Up Spills Before They Become Stains
While spills may be an inevitable part of life, permanent stains don’t have to be. The sooner you clean up a spill, the less likely it is to set in, staining your upholstery or carpet. Blot liquid spills with an absorbent cloth. Solid spills should be removed using a spoon, although your hands work, too. Be careful not to rub or spread the mess.
For darker spills, mix one tablespoon Dawn dish soap, ¼ cup of white vinegar with water in a spray bottle. Spray a generous amount of the home remedy on the area and let soak for about five-10 minutes before blotting with a clean, absorbent cloth; repeat as needed. The best method for preventing stains, however, is to safeguard your furniture and flooring with stain protection.
Keep Your Flooring & Furniture Fur-Free
Got pets? Then you’re probably used to seeing tumbleweeds of dog hair around your home. Short of getting a non-shedding dog, you may not be able to stop shedding completely. What you can do, however, is manage Fido’s shedding by regularly brushing them with a de-shedding comb and feeding them a healthy diet.
Alternatively, you should train your dog to stay off the furniture, as this will minimize the amount of fur that clings to upholstery. Be sure to bathe your dog with a hypoallergenic shampoo once every other week. Washing Fido helps combat smells and lessens the time you spend cleaning fur off your furniture and floors.
Make the Most Out of Vacuuming Your Floors
Vacuuming wood, laminate, or tile flooring can save you time. It can also make a significant difference in the cleanliness of your floors. The best choice for hard floors is a stick vacuum. You can also use an upright vacuum, but remember to turn the beater off, thus protecting the surface. As for carpet, spend time vacuuming in two directions; both vertically and horizontally. That, along with working your way out of the room, will ensure that you lift embedded dirt and debris. Also, don’t forget to get under all your furniture, even if it means moving it.
Hire a Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner
Professional steam cleaning will keep your flooring and, while we’re at it, your upholstered furniture looking its best. Annual carpet, upholstery, hardwood, and tile and grout cleaning is your best bet for preserving the life of your flooring and furniture as well as improving your indoor air quality.
T.A.C.T. Elite Cleaning Services uses state-of-the-art, truck-mounted equipment, along with specialized tools to provide Valley residents and businesses with a revolutionary three-step cleaning process. This unique process uses a non-toxic cleaning agent, which leaves no soil-attracting residue behind, ensuring you receive the best results. Contact us at (602) 633-2015 for more information or to schedule an appointment.