You've probably heard by now of the latest craze to hit the flooring world, water proof - vinyl plank flooring. It comes in all colors and shades, sizes and options. But is it really worth it?
Whether you're spending your quarantine time cleaning over and over again, or you're letting it all pile up until this is over...let's talk about some good ideas for deep cleaning and freshening up your flooring.
Let's start with deep cleaning tile.
- start by removing everything off the floor (chairs, tables, rugs, etc)
- sweep every inch of the tile
- mop with your usual mopping technique
- mop a second time with a more aggressive cleaning solution
- mix a solution of bleach, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide and us and eraser to scrub grout lines and bring them back to life. (Avoid bleach if your grout isn't white!)
- open windows to let it dry and air out
Now let's talk carpet...
- remove all furniture off the floor
- vacuum every inch in both directions
- spot treat spots and stains with a good stain remover (Scrubbing bubbles works wonders!)
- mix proper solution for your carpet cleaner (Rent one from your local grocer if you don't have one!)
- shampoo every inch in slow, even tracks
- open windows and place fans if you have any to dry the carpet evenly and smoothly
- after it drys out completely and you've rinsed the shampooer, repeat for optimal cleaning
What about hardwoods?
- sweep or vacuum every inch
- prepare mop or steam mop with wood-acceptable solution
- mop every inch
- open windows and place fans to dry
- use the best wood flooring conditioner for your flooring material and apply with soft rag as directions on the solution read
- avoid walking on flooring for a day or so for the wax to soak in and really condition flooring
If you have every one of these type of flooring in your home... godspeed and good luck! You have a long couple days ahead, but we can promise it's worth it in the end. For optimal results we recommend doing this quarterly if you have time or at least twice a year.
We get asked quite frequently if we can do new construction homes... um, YES PLEASE. One of our favorite things in the world is a fresh clean slate. Getting to walk through each part of a house with the owner and helping their dreams come to life... could it get any better?!
Do your New Years Resolutions this year include plans to get rid of all things that don't bring you joy? Or maybe you've already Marie Kondo'd your house and you're back to the basics and can see the bones of your house, and now it's time for a change. Whether that change be little touches here or there, or something huge like tackling a remodel - we always encourage change! As you know, we don't just do flooring. We offer a huge selection of tile for back splash, showers, bathrooms, and so much more. We can take any room and transform it into your dream. For now, let's talk about some inspiration for a new kitchen.
There are people who have special rugs just for the holidays...they bring them out once a year - it's the perfect time to get away with putting out a crazy pattern or a giant poinsettia in your floor, and then there are people who use the holidays as the perfect excuse to get a new rug to put in the living room, or under the dining room table.
Deciding to get new floors can be kind of scary. You start noticing loose and cracked tiles one day and the next thing you know you're being quoted for thousands of dollars worth of new flooring. How do you decide to pay for it? Do you back out now and just deal with it? Or take out a personal loan? Do you put it on a credit card? Then you have to worry about the interest charged on that loan or that credit card.
Who's ready for crisp mornings, Saturday nights snuggled on the patio with a fire burning, football and crockpots on Sundays? I could go on and on, you know? There's something about planning for fall festival's, meshing holiday schedules with family, and the feeling of opening your windows on Saturday morning as the dog lays at your feet.