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Flooring Red Flags a Potential Buyer Will Notice

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flooring red flagsOne of the first things potential home buyers notice when going through a house is the condition of the floors. Since the floor is such a large area that will draw the attention of any buyer, if it has cracks, mold, mildew, or other flaws it may cost the realtor a sale. Identify these flooring red flags before a home buyer does.

Seek professional help from a professional hard surface and floor cleaning company to be certain that the floors don’t keep you from making the sale.

  1. Dirt and Filth

Perhaps the most obvious sign of a neglected floor that will turn off any potential buyer is the general filth, grime, and dirt stuck to a floor’s surface. These range from larger and noticeable stains to small pieces of debris stuck in corners or hidden by rugs, or other items. This red flag is particularly noticeable in tile and grout floors, which may require pressure water cleaning to get them in much better shape.

  1. Water Damaged Floors

Another noticeable red flag of poor floor maintenance is water damage. This type of damage manifests in numerous ways, from saggy or marked floors, to the presence of mold, mildew, and even some cracks and damage. Mold and mildew present a health hazard to any potential home buyer. Also, water damage is usually an indication of a larger problem, such as defective plumbing or possible flooding. Once you resolve the plumbing issue in the house, you will need to call a professional floor cleaning service to get rid of these unsightly features and restore the floor to a better condition.

  1. Smelly Carpets

The final significant floor issue that can drive away potential buyers is the odor that comes from soiled carpets. This smell is usually a red flag that the carpet is old and needs to be deep cleaned or, at worst case, replaced. If the carpet is relatively new, it might need a professional cleaning treatment that includes steaming and a special cleaning formula. Even if it doesn’t smell, deep clean clean the carpet anyway, since it can hold on to allergens and other harmful agents that a cleansing can remove.

Prepare the house you are working on for a successful sale by making sure the floors are in pristine condition. The skilled crew at Professional Surface Restoration has the right equipment and years of experience to handle any type of floor situation.

No matter what type of floors are in your home, Professional Surface Restoration has a deep cleaning solution designed to increase the market value of your home without the need for replacement flooring.

Contact us online or call us at (419) 705-8693 to get started with a no-cost demonstration.

5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Natural Stone Floor Tile

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cleaning natural stone floorMany residential homes feature different types of natural stone floor tile. Compared to other types of floors, such as ceramic tile, wood, and laminate, natural stone floor tile can present its own unique set of cleaning and maintenance challenges. The following tips can make spring cleaning this specific type of floor easier and safer for the material resulting in a longer lasting floor.

Know Your Floor

Before you begin cleaning your natural stone tile floor, take the time to find out what type of stone you are about to clean. The most common types of stone floors are made of marble, slate, or granite, but there are several more. Knowing what type of stone you are going to clean, will guide you to the correct information on proper cleaning techniques. For instance, granite is usually stronger than marble, which requires more delicate care. If available, consult with the installer or manufacturer on the best cleaning practices for the specific flooring material.

Avoid Acidic Cleaners

As a rule, when cleaning a stone tile floor, avoid using acidic cleaners such as bathroom and grout cleaners. Even though you might be tempted to use multi-purpose cleaning agents such as vinegar or lemon juice, you should avoid them as well. The acidic properties in these cleaners are too strong for the material, which can result in damage to the floor. Use gentle soaps and cleaners specifically made for the stone instead.

Clean Spills Immediately

If you see a spill on the floor, clean it as soon as possible. Blot the spill, as wiping it will spread it. Use water and a mild soap as necessary, but make sure you rinse and dry the area when finished. Call a stone cleaning professional if the stain remains.

Dry Mop Often

When it comes to cleaning daily dirt and grit, no tool is more reliable than a mop. For daily cleaning, you can simply use a dry mop. A wet mop is also effective, but it requires more time and effort than necessary, especially since dry mopping cleans up most of the dirt. Save the damp mop for special occasions. Also, make sure to use micro-fiber and closed-ended string mops to ensure cleaning effectiveness.

Seal the Floor

An important step to take in the maintenance of your natural stone tile floor is sealing the floor with an impregnators or sealants. Stone is a porous material that absorbs all types of dirt, spills, and bacteria that are nearby. Sealing the floor at least every six months is important in keeping these elements away and maintaining the integrity of the stone. Make sure you apply the sealant to a completely dry floor and let it absorb the agent for around 15 minutes before removing any excess chemicals.

The natural stone floors in your Toledo, Ohio home can be a thing of beauty once again. Please call Professional Surface Restoration at (419) 705-8693 to schedule an appointment or request a free estimate.

How to Safely Clean Wood Floors This Spring

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clean wood floorsWood flooring is a popular residential choice for several reasons, such as its flexibility and its ability to infuse a natural element into your home. There are several types of wood flooring, and each requires its own type of maintenance. It is important for homeowners to familiarize themselves with the specific type of wood flooring in their home, as well as how to clean wood floors and respective maintenance needs.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are made from actual, authentic wood material. If you are unsure if your floor is made from hardwood, look for irregular patterns. In addition, hardwood can incur damages from impact, like scratches and dents. If this damage is common, your floor is probably hardwood.

The best way to clean hardwood floors depends on the floor’s finish.

  • Surface-sealed. If your floor doesn’t smudge easily, it is likely surface-sealed with polyacrylic, polyurethane, or urethane. Simply sweep with a broom and follow up with a mop damp with warm water and dish soap.
  • Penetrating seal or oil. If your floor smudges, it might be treated with these finishes. The broom and damp mop treatment applies, but you must occasionally treat them with paste or liquid wax.
  • Shellac, lacquer, or varnish. These floors also require additional treatment with liquid or paste wax, as well as traditional sweeping and damp mop cleaning.

Cleaning Laminate Floors

Laminate floors are not made from actual wood, but they imitate the texture and colors. Laminate floors have actual patterns and damage less easily, but they are more vulnerable to water. Also, laminate is more common in post-1960s homes.

The following are some general laminate floor cleaning tips.

  • Vacuum first before mopping, as it is more effective in getting rid of dust and debris. Use the lightest setting to avoid floor damage.
  • Use a damp mop with either water, a commercial cleaner specialized for laminate, or a homemade cleaner made from vinegar and water.
  • Avoid products like bleach, wax, or acrylic, since they can damage the finish.

General Tips for Wood Floor Cleaning

Whether you are cleaning hardwood or laminate floors, consider the following general cleaning tips.

  • Never use soaking wet mops, as excessive water damages the floors
  • Avoid steam cleaning on any type of wood floor
  • Replace the cleaning water often to avoid dirty water
  • Consult the floor’s manufacturer for recommended cleaning instructions

Are your wood floors in need of professional cleaning and restoration? Professional Surface Restoration can help you with that. Contact us today or call (419) 795-8693 to schedule a FREE, no-obligation demo.

Do You Need to Replace Carpets Before You Sell Your Home?

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replace carpetSelling a home can come with necessary costs, such as replacing the roof or windows, but is replacing the carpets actually necessary? Worn, dirty, stained, and smelly carpets could easily turn off a prospective buyer during an open house or walk through. Although brand-new carpets could attract more buyers, often a deep cleaning from a professional can be just the thing to make your carpets feel brand new again.

Knowing when it’s time to invest in a deep carpet cleaning will help a realtor sell the property. Watch out for these tell-tale signs.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew are two of the top culprits for a carpet that needs some TLC.

A carpet could develop mold or mildew if there is a light water leak, if the crawlspace under the home does not get enough ventilation, or if liquids seep into the lower layers of the carpet pads and insulation. Ignoring mold and mildew can lead to unpleasant odors and potential health complications, including respiratory problems and asthma.

Luckily, it’s usually possible to deep clean a carpet to get rid of water damage and harmful mold.

Unsightly Stains

No one wants to walk into a prospective home and see dirty, dingy, and stained carpets. New buyers will only wonder what could have caused the stains, and won’t feel comfortable or at home in a space with someone else’s messes all over the floor.

If the home has noticeably dirty or stained carpeting, it’s definitely time for a deep clean. Specialized carpet cleaning services can remove even the largest and most stubborn stains, saving you from having to purchase new carpets. Only when carpet cleaning experts can’t save a stained carpet, take the plunge and replace them.

Unpleasant Odors

Many people are highly sensitive to the smells of a potential home. A home with odors that suggest smelly dogs, pet accidents, mold, mildew, sweat, old food, etc. can turn a buyer off as soon as he or she walks through the door.

Unfortunately, carpets can act as sponges, absorbing messes and the smells that come with them. The current tenants may have gone smell blind because they’re used to the odors, but for someone new it may be a deal breaker.

If a home smells of must or other unpleasant odors, invest in a professional deep clean before trying to sell. A deep clean is typically enough to remove lingering odors and to freshen up the entire home. An exceptional carpet deep clean can help you sell the home for more.

Professional Surface Restoration focuses on cleaning and restoring carpets. If you need help to get your home’s floors in their best shape before an open house, call us at (419) 705-8693 for a FREE demo.

Spring Cleaning 101: Ceramic Tile Cleaning

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how to clean ceramic tileWhen it comes to most bathrooms and kitchens, ceramic tiles are a very popular choice. The chance that this material adorns any surface of your home is very high. Get a head start on your spring cleaning and learn more about how you can clean your ceramic tile surfaces.

Simple Ceramic Tile Cleaning Steps

Ceramic tiles are fairly low-maintenance and are very simple to clean. You can clean your tiles with simple steps using plain water mixed with the cleaner of your choice. Wash your tiles at least once a week and clean any spills or spots as they occur.

  • Use a vacuum or a broom to clear any debris you see, such as dirt, sand, and grit. You can do this before the actual cleaning process, or any other time to reduce wear on your tiles.
  • Mix a cleaner, such as dish detergent, vinegar, or commercial tile cleaner with water to dilute the effect. Use a string mop, a chamois-type mop, or a rag to wash the tiles, as using sponge mops pushes dirt from the tiles into the grout.
  • Once you have cleaned your tiles, let them dry to prevent accidents. Either use a clean cloth or keep the area clear until the floor dries.

Understanding Grout

Grout is the material applied between tiles that keeps them in place. Because grout is a porous substance with white or light colors, it is vulnerable to damage from numerous sources of filth, including mud, dirt, spills, mold, and mildew. You will need to employ a different cleaning tactic than the one for tiles. Sealing the grout with a sealer protects it from most dirt and grime and can be done once or twice a year.

Cleaning Grout

The method you choose for cleaning grout depends on how strong the dirt and stains are. Remember to start out simple and only increase the materials when the filth is more severe.

  • For small amounts of dirt, use warm, plain water and a specialized, stiff-bristled brush to scrub in circles and let the grout dry.
  • For stronger stains, use a vinegar/water mix and spray the grout, then scrub with a stiff-bristled brush after letting the mix stand for five minutes.
  • To increase cleaning effectiveness, make a baking soda/water paste, cover the grout, and spray the vinegar mixture. Scrub with the stiff brush and rinse with water once the solution stops foaming.
  • Steam cleaners can effectively clean the worst stains, and they are incredibly environmentally friendly.

If you need professional assistance in cleaning and restoring your home surfaces, contact Professional Surface Restoration at (419) 705-8693 to schedule a free demo.

Spring Cleaning Tips to Make Even the Dirtiest Carpets Like New Again

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spring cleaning carpetsCarpet can be found in some of your home’s most high-traffic areas; unfortunately, compared to hard surfaces, it can be difficult to restore to like-new condition. There is a specific process that will help you clean your carpets as thoroughly as possible at every cleaning, and a few best practices can also help keep your carpets looking new for years to come.

Don’t Forget Pre-treatment and Spot Cleaning

Before you get into any deep carpet cleaning treatments you need to remove the bulk of the dirt and debris in the carpet by dry cleaning. Vacuuming is essential before carpet shampooing or any other deep cleaning treatment. This will lift hair, dirt, and other debris out of the carpet fibers. If you neglect to vacuum before cleaning your carpets you may find that treating them with shampoo causes the built-up dirt and dust to simply smear around the carpet, embedding further into the fibers and increasing the chance of staining.

Spot cleaning is also important.

You may notice a stain or spill before you start cleaning; address this issue before you start a deeper cleaning. Use a bristle brush and cleaning agent to remove stains before deep cleaning. Taking time to address stains and apply a pre-treatment will help prevent staining and make your deep cleaning more effective.

How to Do a Deep Carpet Cleaning

Once you complete your vacuuming and pre-treatment it’s time to do a wet extraction or other form of deep cleaning. You can buy commercial carpet cleaners that appear similar to vacuum cleaners and appropriate cleaning solutions, or you can rent an industrial-grade carpet cleaner from a local provider. These tools generally offer better results than commercial-grade carpet cleaners.

Make sure to use a cleaning solution designed for the carpet type you wish to clean. Follow the included directions with your carpet cleaner to ensure a thorough cleaning. You may need to do a second pass if the carpet is very dirty. If a chemical smell lingers, a second rinsing pass with just water is effective.

Know When to Call a Professional Carpet Cleaner

If you try these methods and still are not satisfied with your results, it may be time to call for professional help. A professional carpet cleaner can offer a much more effective carpet cleaning than you could likely manage on your own.

Getting your carpets professionally cleaned can also help preserve the quality of your floors with special treatments and other industrial-grade cleaning products. Professional Surface Restoration has extensive experience with deep carpet cleaning and all other types of floor treatments, so let us know how we can help restore your carpets.

Professional Surface Restoration’s patented process cleans hard surfaces including but not limited to carpet, tile and grout, brick, block, concrete, granite, and marble Terrazzo.

Our unique process for hard surface cleaning is revolutionizing the way you restore and maintain all floors back to their natural beauty, including carpet! Call us today at (419) 705-8693 to request a FREE demo.

How a Home’s Flooring Affects Market Value

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how home's flooring affect market valueIf you’re preparing to sell a home, chances are you’ve already identified several problem areas you’d like to tackle in order to increase the resale value. Drywall, paint, cabinet hardware, and flooring are all common areas for improvement. Flooring, in particular, is an area many realtors suggest deep cleaning or changing before sale to improve the overall market value of the home.

It can be tempting to rip out older carpet and invest in the hardwood that is so popular with today’s home buyers. Often, sellers elect to install cheap, new flooring instead of restoring their existing flooring – and they may do so at a cost they won’t recoup when it’s time to sell the home.

In many cases, it’s more cost effective to deep clean rather than replace.

Carpets

If existing carpet is still serviceable, it is likely better to keep and deep clean it than replace it with other carpeting. Prospective owners like hardwoods, but are often primarily looking for cleanliness and may even be calculating the amount of time left before they’ll need to replace your existing flooring with their own. It can be difficult to recoup the cost of new carpet in a home sale; it is often better to clean the carpet and offer a small allowance if the buyer asks.

Tile

Tile is the preferred flooring in bathrooms and kitchens. It can be expensive and time consuming to remove, particularly if it was installed correctly. After its removal, you also risk installing a flooring prospective buyers plan on tearing out anyway, and you may not recoup the costs of the new flooring.

To make the most of your current tile floor and increase the resale value, make sure it is clean. Invest in a service to deep clean the tile and the surrounding grout, as well as apply a sealant to ensure new stains don’t linger, and you’ll recoup the costs in the sale of your home.

Wood

Hardwood is the preferred choice of most home buyers in today’s market, but the wood needs to be in good condition. Otherwise, buyers will likely see nothing but mounting costs and time in order to refinish it. Instead of undertaking this time-consuming work yourself – or, worse, covering your wood floors with new carpeting – consider hiring a professional wood floor restoration service.

Your existing flooring will be buffed, cleaned, and resealed, and any discolorations or penetrating stains treated. Your floor will now have the look of a new wood floor, increasing the market value of your home without the cost of new flooring.

No matter what type of floors are in your home, Professional Surface Restoration has a deep cleaning solution designed to increase the market value of your home without the need for replacement flooring.

Call (419) 705-8693 to request a consultation and demo.

 

How to Prepare a Home’s Floors for Open Houses

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repare Floors for Home SaleAs a realtor, it is a priority to make your property’s floors impeccable for an open house. They are one of the first features your potential buyer will notice. Stains, odors, and clutter can ruin a buyers’ first impression. Take the initiative to follow these tips on how to prepare a home’s floors for open houses.

Clear Up the Clutter

Before you start the hard work on your floors, make sure to clear up clutter. Store away any extra items and area rugs that make the room look smaller. Removing all unneeded items and repositioning furniture will make it easier for you to clean the floors, and will make the room appear more spacious. Additionally, a clear floor will allow the buyers to roam more freely through the home.

Suck It Up

You never know if you are going to be dealing with a nitpicky buyer. Make sure to keep a vacuum with you and go after every piece of paper, dirt, and lint that you see. Clearing your floor of debris and small bits of trash will not only satisfy a detail-oriented buyer, but will make it easier to polish or treat the surfaces later.

Let Your Floors Shine

No visual quality represents cleanliness better than shine. A shiny, spotless floor will help to convey to the buyer that this is a well-maintained property. If you have a tile floor, sweep and mop it, and if necessary, hire someone to clean the grout between the tiles. If you have a wood floor, mop it, and after that, consider having it buffed by a professional. Spending a little extra time and effort to ensure your floors are in their best condition will help you get the selling price you want.

Deal with the Odors

Carpeted floors have a tendency to retain dirt and unpleasant odors from smoke, spills, and accidents. Strong odors can drive away your buyers the moment they enter the room. If the odor is contained to a small area or spot, clean it yourself by using soap and water, then cover it with baking soda and borax. After letting it sit for a while, vacuum the area. If the odor extends to a larger area or to the entire house, it is best to seek a professional to clean the carpeted areas.

Professional Surface Restoration focuses on cleaning and restoring surfaces such as tile, wood, and carpet floors. If you need help to get your home’s floors in their best shape before an open house, call us at (419) 705-8693 for a FREE demo.

 

 

After the Cheer: 5 Holiday Carpet Cleaning Tips for Post-Party Messes

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Holiday Carpet Cleaning TipsThe holiday season is a special time for dinners, parties, and other special gatherings with family and friends. However, if you’re hosting these parties or dinners, you may have a different opinion about this time of year. Once the crowd has died down, and your last relative is on their way home, you’re left with a very dirty floor. Luckily, there are some actions you can take to keep your carpets clean even after the rowdiest holiday celebration. Here are Here are 5 holiday carpet cleaning tips for post-party messes.

Act Quickly

Carpet cleaning professionals know that the longer you let a spot sit, the harder that spot is to get out. When a spill remains on a carpet for a long time, it can turn into a stain. A spot is easy to clean up, but a stain discolors your carpet fibers and is extremely difficult to remove completely.

As soon as you wake up the next morning, spring into action. Gather your cleaning supplies and scan your carpet for any unwanted spots. Better yet, wipe up any spills before you go to bed. This will prevent further staining and carpet discoloration.

Wine Stain Removal Solution

Red wine stains are one of the most notorious stains that can show up on your carpets. Seeing a spilled glass of Merlot can easily send the homeowner into a panic – but never fear, another popular party beverage can help you remove the stain. Simply take any leftover beer you have and rub a few drops into the wine stain. These drops can remove red wine like a charm!

RELATED ARTICLE: Do You Have Time to Deep Clean Your Carpets Before the Holidays?

Clean Your Shoes

If you have dirt and debris in your home, chances are someone has that same dirt and debris on their shoes. The night after a party or gathering, gather all the shoes in your home and give them a good wipe down. This will prevent any dirt and debris from moving into other carpeted areas of your home, avoiding further damage.

Prepare for Next Time

Once you have cleaned up the mess from your party, you may be wondering what you can do to prevent the stains from happening next time. There are several preventive measures that you can take, including:

  • Vacuuming regularly to keep dirt from building up in your carpets
  • Having guess leave their shoes in your entryway before entering your home
  • Placing a mat underneath your Christmas tree to avoid any hard-to-remove sap buildup

RELATED ARTICLE: Carpet Cleaning Services: Before or After Holiday Parties?

Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner

If you come across a stain that is too difficult to remove alone, consider hiring Professional Surface Restoration. Our unique process for hard surface cleaning is revolutionizing the way you restore and maintain all floors back to their natural beauty, including carpet!

Call us today at (419) 705-8693 to request a FREE demo.

Carpet Cleaning Services: Before or After Holiday Parties?

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carpet cleaning servicesIt can be a challenge trying to decide when to clean your carpets around the holiday season. Do you get carpet cleaning services before you entertain guests so that your home looks spotless? Or do you clean them after you host your guests, cleaning up any spills from the party and dirt from all of the foot traffic?

Here’s a look at the reasons why you might want to consider both.

Before the Holidays

Cleaning your carpets before the holidays leaves your home looking spotless. Your guests will feel comfortable in your clean home, creating a welcoming atmosphere for all the family traditions. A professional cleaning removes common allergens like pet hair and dander, pollen, and improves the overall quality of the air in your home. Your guests will breathe easy knowing your carpets are clean.

RELATED ARTICLE: Do You Have Time to Deep Clean Your Carpets Before the Holidays?

After the Holidays

After everyone unwraps the presents and the company all goes home, chances are your carpets could really use a deep cleaning. From holiday dinners to wine spills on the carpets, the professional cleaners can remove all traces of any mishaps. We’ll help you get your home back to clean in no time, so you’re ready for the next big event. No job is too big, and we have the professional stain removers to treat anything your guests left behind.

Not Hosting? Treat Yourself to Professional Carpet Cleaning Services

Even if you are not hosting a holiday event in your home, this is a great time of the year to treat yourself to clean carpets. Clean carpets are a great investment for your home. Not only do they look nice, but a deep cleaning can also help extend the life of your carpet. Normal wear from everyday traffic throughout your home leads to a buildup of dirt, which grounds into carpet fiber, causing your carpet to fray. Regular cleanings keep this from happening and help keep your home looking fresh.

The answer to the carpet cleaning riddle comes down to personal preference. While you can choose between cleaning your carpets before or after your guests arrive, we suggest scheduling both cleanings at the same time. This will save you time cleaning your home and can help to prolong the life of your carpet.

Have a need for carpet cleaning services before and/or after the Holidays? Give us a call at (419) 705-8693 or click here and we’ll come out and take a look.