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Hardwood Flooring: Cleaning Methods and Frequency Rate

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Hardwood floors are beautiful, there’s no doubt about it. They can be classy, stylish, timeless, and warm all at the same time. So how do you make sure you’re taking the best care of the floors that work so hard for your home?

The best way to keep a hardwood floor in good condition is to keep everyday grit and grime from being ground into it by shoes. Sweeping wood floors daily is a good place to start, but it takes more than that. It takes a good floor care routine.

Shoes are the number one hardwood harmer, followed by the tapping toenails of our furry friends. Most of us are not going to go shoeless or get rid of our furry babies, so learning how to clean hardwood correctly is a huge step in the right direction.

Getting Started: Protecting Your Floors

Hardwood flooring is a huge investment. You want to treat your floors well. The cleaning process begins with protection. Place a small carpet over the floor at all entrances to catch the moisture and grit that gets tracked in from outside.

Another protection is putting felt pads on the bottom of all furniture that will sit on the floor. While you may feel these pads will keep your floor from being scratched when sliding a couch or chest of drawers across the floor, don’t test it. It’s unlikely that they’ll keep all the scratches off so be extra careful and always pick up anything being moved over wood or use gliders.

Getting Rid of Daily Dirt: A Clean Sweep

It is good to give your floor a daily once over with a broom or a vacuum, especially in high traffic areas. Make sure that the vacuum is made to work on hard surfaces. A lightweight stick works the best, but an upright is fine as long as it has a hard surfaces setting. If you have pets, ensure that your vacuum has good suction to get up all the fur.

Once a week, wood floors should be cleaned in high traffic areas with a damp mop. Low traffic areas can be done less frequently, like once a month or once a quarter. Unsealed wood floors are more susceptible to water, so make sure that the mop is just slightly damp.

Getting Floors Clean: A Five-Step Process

Follow these five steps for the best floor clean of your life.

· Remove rugs and furniture. Most people only move smaller pieces of furniture and smaller area rugs when they clean weekly, but do a deep clean about once a quarter, and clean under the rugs and heavy furniture.

· Sweep and/or vacuum. It is a good idea to sweep up large pieces and then vacuum up the dust and pet hair. You can also do one final pass with a Swiffer to attract the last bits of dust.

· Wet a bar towel (one of those white terry cloth towels used by bar keeps) and squeeze out any excess water until it is just damp. A good cleaning solution is water and a few drops of dish cleaner, like Dawn. Attach the rag to a Swiffer “mop” stick, then run it over small areas of the floor. Be sure to rinse the towel frequently to ensure maximum clean. While this seems time consuming, it works really well. The floor will not get too wet, and dry quickly.

· Bona the floor. Once the floor is dry, put a thin coat of Bona on the floor. It is worthwhile to invest in a Bona cleaning kit to get the best application. There is an application “wand” that comes with the kit that makes the whole process 100x easier. Squirt Bona on to the pad that comes with the wand, and then apply it to the floor in small sections. When it is all done, your floor will have its shine back.

· Return rugs and furniture to their regular locations. Then enjoy your beautiful floor.

Getting Rid of What’s Bad for Your Hardwood Floors

Beware that there are products out there that are not good for your hardwood floors. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasives. Vinegar, ammonia, lemon juice, and alkaline soap-based cleaners are out. So are oils and furniture sprays. All of these items can damage the shine and the seal on your floors.

Getting the Most Out of Your Wood Floors

With care, wood floors can last for years and years. Just remember, like anything, the more you take care of them, the longer they will last.

Give Golden Glove a call to schedule your next hardwood floor cleaning. We can help restore your hardwoods.

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What is Lurking in your Carpets?

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What you don’t know about dirty carpets CAN hurt you. Not only because it’s gross and dirty carpets make your space look bad. It’s much more than that. It’s all about the health and safety of the people who live or work in an area polluted by dirty carpets. And whether you can see it or not, it’s happening right now.

Here’s what you need to know about how dirty carpets are not good for you and why only a professional carpet cleaning service is up for the job.

Carpets attract bad stuff

Your carpet takes the oily residue from people and pets in your home and sucks it right up. It locks in dirt and gives it a cozy place to stay.

Over time, your carpets will become discolored and you’ll start to see permanent paths where people are walking.

Grit is tearing your carpet fibers

If you got down and looked between the fibers, you’d see sandy, gritty dirt that your vacuum doesn’t have the power to reach.

Even though you can’t see it, it’s down there, shredding your carpet fibers every time they are walked on.

Germs are hiding out & making you sick

Your carpet does filter out pollutants like bacteria, pollen, chemicals, fungi, etc.

But, at a certain point, your carpet becomes full, and it can no longer effectively keep filtering. That means all those illness-causing pollutants are free to float around your home.

Dust mites leave droppings in your carpet that can aggravate asthma – even causing asthma attacks.

Dust mites combined with bacteria, pollen, etc. is a recipe for disaster if you suffer from allergies, rhinitis, or eczema. This can get serious for both asthmatics and those with environmental allergies.

The only way to get rid of these disgusting interlopers is to have the carpets in your home or your office professionally cleaned.

Carpets can hold a LOT more dirt than you think

What you probably didn’t know is that your carpets can hold 4+ times their weight in dirt, pet hair, dead skin cells, bacteria, insect feces, and more.

Throw away the 5-second rule

Bacteria can live a month or more in your carpets.

So next time you drop something, and you’re tempted to employ the “5-second rule,” just don’t.

Take off your shoes

If you’re a habitual in-the-house shoe wearer, it’s time for a new habit.

Wearing your outdoor shoes on the carpet tracks in dirt and grinds it deep down into the carpets, where your vacuum can’t go.

Beware of the Norovirus

This virus causes a variety of nasty symptoms that mimic the stomach flu or food poisoning.

It can live in your carpet for as long as six weeks. As people walk across it, it takes to the air, you and the family breathe it in.

Your toilet seat is less germy

Most people think of their toilet seats as the pinnacle of germ concentration in their homes. Your carpet can be 4,000 times dirtier than the seat of your toilet.

That should have you dialing Golden Glove!

Regular carpet cleaning is your best defense

You wash your clothes regularly. You wash your car. You wash your body on a regular basis. But you probably put your carpet low on the priority list.

Now that you have the facts, it’s clear that calling in the professionals is the best way to keep your carpets in your home or commercial space as germ-free as possible.

Golden Glove knows how to treat your carpets with the best cleaning methods and with the utmost care.

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