Are you pondering a new flooring option for your family? Wondering how to keep your current floors in tip-top shape? Either way, with the variety of floors in homes today, it can be confusing trying to figure out how to best care for each kind (and consequently, which is best for your homestead). With a little help from our friends at RNB Flooring, we would like to offer up a handy-dandy how-to for keeping every surface spick and span.
Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor daily to prevent the accumulation of dir or grit that can scratch the floor finish.
product, test on a small area to make sure it doesn’t leave a film on your floor.
*Use a damp cloth to blot spills as soon as they happen. For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, or ink, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe with a damp cloth. Always avoid allowing liquids to stand on the floors.
DON’T use any oil based, wax, polish, ammoniated, or abrasive cleaners
DON’T use a wet mop with any liquid cleaning materials. This could cause swelling, warping, and joint-line separation.
Use rugs in entry ways, kitchens, and other high traffic areas.
Once a quarter, use a product like Hope’s Floor Revive to restore gloss, minimize scratches, and protect from stains, spills, and heel marks.
If you have dogs, make sure their nails are trimmed short enough to not scratch the floor and keep a microfiber floor duster handy to clean up drool drips often.
Make sure to put felt pads on the bottom of all your furniture so it won’t scratch if the furniture gets moved.
If the floors have lots of scratches or stains, it is time to call in a professional to sand and refinish the floor. We trust the guys at RNB Flooring for this.
Laminate flooring is virtually indestructible. Other than standing water, not much will harm these floors. They are a great option for families with active kids and pets.
Since the floor is made out of melamine, a hard plastic, it is a better option for rooms with high humidity and high traffic.
Care is the same as wood flooring:
Dust or vacuum weekly to avoid the unsightly dust bunnies
Use a microfiber floor duster and spray cleaner (like Bona) to get the spots cleaned up.
Clean up spills immediately, but if any hard food is on the floors, use a plastic scraper or butter knife to pop the crusty food up.
Vacuum or dust often to avoid the unsightly dust bunnies
If wet-mopped on a weekly basis, only water is needed. Fill a bucket with hot water, dip your mop in, and wring it out until it is just damp. If the floors become streaky, you may need to change the water or wash the mop head.
If there is a greasy buildup on the kitchen floor, use a little dish soap to dissolve the grease.
If the grout is getting dark, it can be easily cleaned, it just takes a little time. Dip a sponge in the water and wet a few lines of grout. Sprinkle a little non or light abrasive cleaner like Comet on to the grout line. Using a grout brush or old tooth brush, scrub the lines, rinse with a damp rag, and wipe with a dry rag. Keep moving until all the dirty lines are clean again.
If you drip water on the grout and it absorbs (rather than beading up), it is time to reseal the grout. This typically needs to be done every 2-3 years to protect the grout from stains.
Stone Floors (marble, travertine, etc)
The preventative care of these floors can save you hundreds, or even thousands of dollars.
Dust mop or vacuum often to avoid the accumulation of dirt and dust that can show wear on the floors.
Stone floors are porous, so they will absorb the cleaners that are put on them. For this reason, ONLY use hot water or cleaners specifically made for your type of floor when you clean them.
Make sure the stone is sealed to protect it from spills and stains. You can do this yourself with products from Home Depot.
If the floors are starting to look dull and/or chalky, or if something spilled on the floor and caused a stain, it is time to call in the professionals to hone and polish the flooring. We like Stone Touch here locally.
Carpet is actually the best option for houses with allergies. Its sole purpose is to absorb dirt from the air. This means that it needs to be vacuumed often to get that trapped dirt out.
Manufacturers recommend vacuuming daily. If you have nothing else to do, go for it. For the rest of us, aim for at least once a week.
If you have doors that lead from the outdoors straight to carpet, make sure to have mats to pull off excess dirt placed inside that doorway.
Have carpets cleaned professionally once a year to keep them looking young and fresh. Go with a professional, not a rented machine, for this. They have different levels of cleaning that they can do depending on your individual needs. Even their most basic level will get your carpets cleaner than a rented shampooer will.
We would like to thank RNB Flooring again for providing the flooring samples featured in the video, which is posted on our Youtube Channel.
Splatters, sprays, spills, splashes, smears… Stains are inevitable, just as they are common. But, getting rid of those stains could be as easy as opening your kitchen cabinet.
· Pour hydrogen peroxide on the stain and then cover it with table salt. The salt will absorb the blood color after about 15-30 minutes. Then, just brush the salt off and wash the fabric in cold water.
· OR just keep blotting with a clean cloth that has been dampened with peroxide.
· If it’s melted chocolate, allow it to dry and harden, then scrape it off with a blunt knife.
· Apply full strength dish soap or laundry detergent directly to the spot, then wash as usual.
· Add two tablespoons of white vinegar and about a half of a cup of baking soda into some water.
· Soak the sweat stained clothes.
· Wash according to the label.
· Rubbing alcohol, hairspray or hand sanitizer can help lift an ink stain.
· After applying, rub with spot a WHITE towel, cloth, paper towel (avoid brown paper towels)
· Repeat as necessary until stain fades.
· Then pretreat with detergent and wash but do not dry until you are satisfied that ink stain is removed
· Sponge stain with cool water immediately.
· Then rub with a lemon slice or sponge lemon juice on the stain.
· Flush with water, blotting as much liquid as possible.
· Allow to dry.
· If any trace of stain persists:
· Presoak (the method of soaking a stained article in warm water before laundering it) in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 15 minutes.
· Rinse with water and launder as soon as possible.
· Alternately, apply hydrogen peroxide to stain
· Take about 1/4 cup of your average household sugar and mix in a little bit of water to create a scrub
· Rub sugar scrub it into the grass stain for about 1 minute
· Then throw them in the washing machine with your detergent and wash as normal (do not rinse off the scrub).
Poop (if you’ve got a baby or toddler, you can’t escape this one!)
· In between loads of laundry keep a bucket of water with Borax in it (out of reach of your child/children, of course)
· Soak all the stained baby clothes, sheets, etc in the bucket.
· Add clothes and a little Borax to the washer and soak 30 minutes
· Wash as normal
· Pour white wine on the stain and wash asap.
· Treat with Dawn dish soap
· Wash as normal.
Dirt and Red Clay · Remove as much of the dry dirt as you can by lightly scraping WITH the fabric weave.
· Saturate with a mixture of 1c. white vinegar and 3Tbsp ionized salt. Let it sit for 30 minutes and rinse with cold water. If the stain is still there, repeat, or move on to the next suggestion.
· Soak the stain in a mixture of 1c. water and 1Tbsp Borax
· If the spot STILL persists, or soak the item in a gallon of water to which you’ve added a cup of ammonia (or use bleach if the items are white).
If possible, always treat a stain immediately. The longer it sits, the more it sets in and gets more difficult to remove.
Don’t put stained clothes in the dryer! Always air dry until you’re satisfied that the stain is gone. Sometimes they may appear to be gone when the item is still wet but the reappear after it’s dried. Heat sets the stains in so avoid it until you’re sure it won’t show.
Always try each method first in an inconspicuous area. If the piece of clothing is delicate or expensive, don’t chance it. Just take it straight to a dry cleaner that specializes in stain removal, like ZCleaners in Tempe and Scottsdale.
Are you experiencing the Holiday Hangover yet? Don’t confuse the Holiday Hangover with the headache and nausea caused by too much alcohol (although many are experiencing that one too…). The Holiday Hangover is the ill feelings that come from knowing it’s time to clean up everything and try to get back to normal life. It means finding a place to put all the new gifts, remembering how all your delicate ornaments get packed away safely, and once again trying to figure out how to get the tree shoved into a cardboard box.
If you need a couple ideas on putting your home back together, this video is from my visit to Good Morning Arizona has lots of tips for toy sorting and storage, as well as cheap ways to store your holiday decorations.
Hope this gives you a speedy recovery from your Holiday Hangover. If you are still suffering from the other hangover, try a bacon cheeseburger, a large Coke, and a few Advil. Happy New Year everyone!!!
Sojourner Center, a local domestic violence shelter we volunteer with, is throwing a Housewarming Party to collect donations of household items. These items will be given to women as they are leaving the shelter and starting their new lives. In an effort to collect kitchenware, we are hosting a Pampered Chef show. All the items collected, plus all the free product we earn as the “hostess” will be brought to the Party. Could you help us fill Amanda’s car with donations?
Helping is super easy! A donation of $75 can be made over the phone to Amanda (602-705-3144) to order our Sojourner Set, the order will be delivered to the Housewarming Party, and you will receive a tax donation receipt in the mail. That will purchase a glass mixing/measuring bowl, 2 sets of measuring cups (liquid and dry), and a large scraper. And, because they are Pampered Chef, all the products are super durable (great for homes with kids!) and have multiple uses.
We will be taking orders until April 6th to ensure delivery in time for the party, so call today!