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Hardwood Floor Care & Maintenance

To protect your lustrous hardwood floor and preserve its shining beauty, there are a few things you need to do. But each step of recommended Sweep Hardwood Floorsmaintenance—from using the proper cleaning techniques to placing protective pads under furniture—is simple, and we’ll guide you.

Protect the natural beauty of your Hardwood flooring

Hardwood floors provide superior wear; easy, no-wax care; plus superior resistance to staining from all common household products such as coffee, shoe polish, lipstick, acetone, mustard, and more. A few simple maintenance steps, however, will help protect your investment and keep your Hardwood flooring looking like new.

For cleaning, make sure you…

  • Use a damp cloth to blot spills and spots as soon as they happen. For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, tar, or cigarette marks, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe with a damp cloth. Always avoid allowing liquids to stand on your floor.
  • Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt or grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
  • Occasionally wipe the floor with a damp mop or cloth.

While cleaning is easy, there are a few things to avoid:

  • Don’t use oil based, wax, polish, or strong ammoniated or abrasive cleaners.
  • Don’t use steel wool or scouring powder.
  • Don’t wash or wet-mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
  • Don’t use any type of buffing machine.

Other routine care instructions:

  • For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Do not use any type of buffing machine.

Here is a complete guide – The Do’s and Don’ts of Hardwood Floor Care.

How to Clean Finished Hardwood Floors Video

 


Tile Floor Care & Maintenance

Cleaning Tile FloorTile—whether it’s ceramic, porcelain, or stone—is one of the longest-lasting flooring materials in existence. But it still needs a bit of care. Basic, consistent maintenance of your tile or stone floor will ensure that it remains beautiful and trouble-free for many years.

Routine Ceramic Tile Maintenance

  • You should allow your tile and grout to dry for at least 72 hours after installation, before any type of maintenance occurs.
  • Cleaning your new floor with a damp mop once a week is the best thing you can do to maintain your tile floor.
  • A simple sweeping or vacuuming of your tile floor prior to mopping will remove any dust or debris.
  • Make sure that any cleanser you have chosen is compatible with grout cleaning, (neutral pH), and will not stain the grout.
  • Heavy traffic areas should be mopped more frequently than once a week.
  • Never use detergent or soap as it may dull the surface of the tile.
  • When cleaning, the entire area should be cleaned or scrubbed with the recommended cleansing solution, through the use of a cotton mop, cloth, sponge, or non-metallic bristle brush.
  • The entire tile flooring should then be rinsed with clean water to remove any remaining cleaning solution residue.
  • Routine cleaners should never contain acids, vinegar, chlorines, or ammonia as these chemicals can damage and discolor the grout or the surface of the natural stone or tile.

Protecting Your Floor

  • Protect your tile by affixing felt or similar pads to the legs of any metal, iron, wood, or plastic furniture that could scratch and dull the surface.
  • Exterior metal furniture which rests on tile floors or patio areas may rust and cause staining.
  • The use of good, quality entry mats will help protect your tile floor from wear by collecting dirt, sand, grit and other foreign substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked onto your floor.

Ceramic Tile Maintenance Video

 


Carpet Care & Maintenance

vacuuming carpetThe best way to ensure long–lasting beauty, comfort and durability in your carpet is to vacuum it regularly, as it prevents soil from becoming embedded in the carpet’s pile.

  • Depending on the type of carpet you have, you’ll want to use a vacuum with a rotating brush, a beater bar or suction only.
  • When vacuuming high pile or premium soft carpets look for the following features that will allow you to easily maintain your carpet:
  • Adjustable Height – Use the highest setting where appropriate.
  • Adjustable Fan Speed – Use a Medium or Low setting where appropriate.
  • Large Wheels allow the appliance to glide easily across the carpet.
  • Consider professional cleaning every 12–18 months, depending on traffic and other use factors, frequency of vacuuming and whether the carpet is a light or dark color.
  • Use scissors to clip sprouts and snags; do not pull them or you may damage the carpet.
  • To remove a dent caused by heavy furniture, stroke carpet with the edges of a coin. You can also use a hair dryer or a steam iron to gently raise the dented area while you tug upward on the tufts. CAUTION: DO NOT LET THE IRON TOUCH THE CARPET..
  • If your carpet is burned, remove the tops of the dark, burnt fibers with curved fingernail scissors. If the burn is extensive, the carpet may require patching or replacement.
  • If a flooding occurs from a burst pipe, washing machine overflow or other leak, the carpet needs to be dried, front and back, by a professional cleaner with the proper equipment.
  • This link can provide additional tips on maintaining the beauty of your carpet www.carpet-rug.org.

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