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.

Do You Have Time for a Deep Carpet Clean Before the Holidays?

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deep carpet cleaningThe holiday season often brings guests to your home to celebrate the season. One step you can take to get ready is by arranging a pre-holiday deep carpet cleaning before the holidays.

Here are a few reasons to keep your carpets clean and ready for holiday visitors.

A Healthier Household

The carpets in your home act as one giant air filter. They catch and hold particles floating through the air like pet dander and dust. As people walk on the carpet, these particles bounce back up into the air, creating a health hazard.

Regular carpet cleanings prevent this from happening, keeping the air cleaner for everyone residing in your home.

Increase the Life Expectancy of Your Carpet

The dirt your carpet traps is rough. As foot traffic travels over the top of it, it grinds the dirt particles into the fibers of the carpet, causing them to fray and tear. This damage to your carpet is not reversible, meaning it shortens the lifespan of your carpets.

Regular carpet cleanings remove the dirt from your carpets, keeping the fibers from damage. Having your carpets cleaned before the hustle and the bustle of a busy holiday season will help keep your carpets looking like new for your holiday guests.

Stain Cleaning

Tough stains on your carpet from a holiday meal? We can help. A professional carpet cleaner will remove stains, making your home ready for the next set of guests. Our team has all the tools and the knowledge to remove any tough stains. We can handle everything from wine to chocolate, letting you get back to prepping your holiday meals.

Cleaning Prevents Mold

All your holiday visitors will be seeking shelter from the cold in your home. When they track in moisture from outdoors, it can become trapped in your carpet. Moisture that stays in the fibers can turn into mold, creating a huge health hazard. Mold smells bad and can cause symptoms that are similar to a cold or allergies.

Don’t let your holiday guests bring you this unwanted present. Arrange for a professional carpet cleaning and eliminate any chance for mold in your home.

A carpet cleaning session is a gift to yourself that keeps giving all season long. Get ready for family and friends with a clean home and plenty of holiday cheer. To schedule your carpet cleaning session, contact us today. We’ll get your home on the schedule right away, making it easier for you to focus on your festive plans.

Professional Surface Restoration’s patented process cleans hard surfaces including but not limited to, 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!

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What to Know Before Cleaning Upholstery

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cleaning upholsteryCleaning furniture is a delicate process. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help furniture last longer, but improper techniques can cause furniture to smell like mildew or leave stains on the fabric surface. Review these important tips before cleaning any of your upholstery.

Determine the Material

It is important to know exactly what kind of material you are dealing with before attempting to clean your furniture. If it is wood, you need a cleaner made for wooden furniture, and you can simply wipe down the hard surface. Furniture with a fabric covering is a little bit more difficult. Some fabrics can take a stain remover or a cleaner, while others say to vacuum only. It is a good idea to read the tag on the furniture before attempting to remove a stain or dirt and follow the instructions on the tag to avoid damage to the upholstery.

Vacuum the Surface

To start, vacuum the surface of the furniture. Remove any pet hair, surface dirt, or other debris. Remove cushions and vacuum underneath where crumbs and dirt accumulate fastest. By using the attachments on the vacuum, you can get down into the crevices and closer to the surface, effectively removing contaminants. For an even deeper clean, sprinkle baking soda on the surface of the fabric and let it sit for up to an hour. The baking soda will help absorb any odors in the fabric. When time is up, simply vacuum it up and enjoy the fresh smell.

Remove Stains

To remove stains, you can either opt for a commercial stain remover or make your own. Homemade cleaners are typically better for the environment and for your wallet. Try these homemade cleaners for best results:

  • For fabric stains, mix together 1 tablespoon dish soap, ¼ cup of vinegar, and ¾ cup of warm water. For synthetic fabrics, increase to ½ cup of vinegar and 1 cup of warm water. Spray the stain and rub with a clean cloth. Use a second clean cloth with plain water to remove any traces of the cleaning solution. Allow to dry or blot with a towel.
  • For leather furniture, use a mixture of 1/2 cup olive oil and ¼ cup vinegar. Spray on leather with a spray bottle and wipe with a clean cloth.

For tough stains, it is best to call in the experts. Proper cleaning and maintenance of your furniture will allow you and your family to enjoy your investment for years to come. Professional Surface Restoration offers free estimates with no obligation. Contact us or call (419) 705-8693 to set up an appointment.

Natural Stone Floor Cleaning Dos and Don’ts

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natural stone flooringNatural stone floors are a beautiful addition to your home’s interior. Stone is a natural flooring option that uses no dangerous chemicals, but it needs a little extra TLC to stay beautiful. Let’s look at some dos and don’ts for natural stone floor cleaning.

Prevention Goes a Long Way

Prevention is the key to reducing long-term damage. By reducing the amount of dirt and any spills on the surface of the tile, you can keep your floors looking beautiful for their whole life. Remember to always:

  • Remove dirt and sand from the surface of your natural stone floor to avoid scratches.
  • Clean up spills as soon as possible to avoid the liquid leeching into the surface of the stone. Liquids such as lemon juice, cola, and orange juice can cause permanent damage to the stone’s surface if not cleaned up immediately.
  • Use non-slip rugs near entryways to keep dirt from tracking through the house. Stone floors are also slippery when wet.

One of the best methods to protect your natural stone floors is to have them sealed properly. Be sure to choose the proper sealant, and use as directed, or have it professionally done. Having your floors sealed can prevent spills from soaking in and staining or damaging the floors.

Natural Stone Floor Cleaning Tips

Sweep your stone floors daily to remove dirt and grime. You can also vacuum up the dirt and dust for best results. Keeping the dirt off the tiles will slow deterioration of the stone’s surface. Some stone experts believe you should mop stone floors with clear water daily to remove day-to-day build-up.

If using cleaners, they should be designed for stone care. You can also use a solution made of vegetable soap and water. Follow up daily care with regular deep cleanings. Homes with children and pets will require more frequent deep cleanings of the stone.

Don’ts for Stone Floors

While stone floors are fairly durable, there are a few don’ts you need to observe. By avoiding these few things, you’ll be able to keep your stone floors looking beautiful far longer.

  • Don’t use lemon juice, vinegar, or other cleaners containing acids. They will damage the stone’s surface.
  • Don’t use commercial cleaners unless they say specifically they are safe for marble or stone surfaces.
  • Don’t use a vacuum cleaner with worn or missing wheels. They will scratch the surface of your floor.

With a little prevention and daily care, your stone floors will be around for a long time. They will add warmth and beauty to the interior of your home for generations to come. If you are looking for a new flooring option, consider adding stone floors to your home.

For questions about  natural stone cleaning, call Professional Surface Restoration at (419) 705-8693 today.

How to Winterize Your Concrete Floor

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how to winterize your concreteConcrete is a porous material, and despite its strength and durability, this means it’s vulnerable to certain weather conditions. Winter weather – especially snow – can wear down concrete surfaces by seeping into the material. Much like roads and sidewalks, concrete patio floors and driveways can experience destructive freeze/thaw cycles during the winter. As a homeowner, it’s important to understand why the winter poses such a big threat to concrete surfaces and how you can act to protect your concrete during the coldest months of the year.

Concrete’s porosity gives it the ability to absorb water. When the weather is warm, moisture in the air, such as rain or dew, can evaporate after it’s absorbed by concrete. But as temperatures go below 32 degrees, the moisture in the air freezes and expands after it is absorbed by the concrete. This not only causes cracks to develop on the concrete’s exterior surface, but it places extreme pressure on its internal foundation as well.

Once the concrete is cracked, it’s at a higher risk of damage because water can easily get into the openings and apply pressure as it solidifies and expands. This weakens the overall stability of the concrete surface and creates a potentially hazardous walking surface.

Thankfully, you have ample time to avoid the consequences of damaged concrete surfaces before the winter begins. Consider the following winterization steps to protect your home’s concrete exteriors from deterioration as the temperatures drop.

Check Your Concrete for Signs of Damage 

The first step in winterizing your concrete surface is to evaluate its current condition. If the surface is showing signs of damage, such as cracks, unevenness, or spalling, the best solution is to have these issues repaired as soon as possible. Making a point to get the damage repaired now will help prevent it from metastasizing as the temperatures drop.

If your concrete slab has cracks but is still even, you can repair the fissures with a durable sealant. However, concrete surfaces that are uneven or with cracks bigger than a quarter inch might need to be professionally repaired or resurfaced.

Seal All Concrete Surfaces 

Sealing is the optimal way to preserve your concrete and doing so before the temperatures start to decrease will help shield it from damage that occurs a when moisture from snow and ice seeps into the concrete’s surface. If your concrete is free of cracks or has just been repaired, you can protect it with an acrylic sealant to keep it safe from moisture during the winter.

If you’re not sure how much difference professional cleaning and sealing might make for your concrete surfaces, why not see an expert demonstration? Professional Surface Restoration offers free estimates with no obligation.

For additional information, visit our concrete cleaning and sealing web page, or contact us to set up an appointment.

Simple Everyday Grout Cleaning Tips

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Grout Cleaning TipsYou might love your beautiful tile floors, but what about the grout? For most homeowners, grout is more of an annoyance than an asset. It can collect stains and mar the look of your floors. Luckily, there are easy ways to clean your grout and get it looking like new – and then keep it that way. Start with these simple everyday grout cleaning tips.

Daily Wet Mop

Spotless grout and tile floors require light daily maintenance. Swipe a mop, wipe, or sponge across your tile floors with just water every day to remove dirt and debris. Leaving debris on your tile floors allows longer-lasting stains to form, as feet will grind the dirt down into the grout. Mopping lightly every day to combat dirt can make a big difference in the look and cleanliness of your grout.

Invest in Powdered Oxygen Bleach

Powdered oxygen bleach is non-toxic, with no harmful fumes. It’s also color-safe. This “magic” cleaner for grout removes grease and food stains from tile and grout without a lot of scrubbing. Simply mix oxygen bleach with warm water (according to package directions) and stir until it dissolves.

Pour the solution onto the part of the grout you wish to clean. Let the solution sit for about 15 minutes. Pour more if the grout absorbs all of the mixture, keeping liquid covering the grout. The longer you let it sit, the better it works. The oxygen ions break down the stain molecules for up to six hours! Mop your floors with the solution after a deep clean to keep your grout like new.

Clean Floors after Showers and Baths

Part of what discolors grout in the bathroom is condensation that collects on the tiles from baths and showers. A daily quick-clean routine after you bathe can prevent many stains and discoloration from ruining your tile floors. It might seem like a bit of a hassle, but it can ultimately save you effort in the long run.

After you bathe, use a squeegee across your tile floors to remove excess water. Then, spray tiles with a mild shower cleaner (you can make your own using a 4:1 ratio of water to vinegar) and wipe them down. This will help keep your tiles and grout clean in the bathroom.

Don’t Make Common Mistakes

When trying to clean your grout, never use acid-based products or cleaners. The acid can break down the grout between your tiles. Don’t clean your grout on brand-new floors until you’re sure it has completely cured. Avoid common grout-cleaning mistakes, get professional tips, and enjoy tile and grout that are spick-and-span.

For questions about your tile floors or more information about a professional cleaning service, contact Professional Surface Restoration

Concrete Floor Maintenance Tips

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Concrete Floor Maintenance TipsOne of the perks of installing polished concrete floors in your home, garage, or patio is its low maintenance. Concrete is strong and durable, and part of the charm is in its imperfections. Without a bit of regular floor maintenance and care, however, you risk exposing your concrete floors to the elements. Concrete is porous and can absorb stains that may blemish your space. Use these concrete floor maintenance tips and techniques to protect you for the long haul!

Dust Mop Daily

If you want your concrete floors to look their absolute best, dust mop daily using a soft microfiber cloth. Going over your floors each day with a dust mop can remove dirt, dust, and debris that might otherwise be too abrasive for your polished concrete. You might also need to wet mop with clean water a few times per week to remove harder-to-clean spots. The more often you dust-mop, the shinier your polished concrete floors will remain.

Use a Neutral-pH Cleaner

Concrete floors are special in that cleaners that are too acidic or alkaline can deteriorate the flooring material. Don’t put your floors at risk or accidentally dull the shine of the polish with the wrong cleaner. Make sure you’re mopping with a mix of clean water and a cleaner with a neutral pH balance to prevent abrading, discoloring, and deteriorating your beautiful concrete floors. Avoid cleaners that are “heavy duty,” contain acid, or have vinegar or other acidic ingredients. The manufacturer of your floors or sealant may have recommendations.

Clean Up Spills Quickly

You don’t want to test the stain-resistance of your concrete floor sealer if you don’t have to. Clean up spills immediately to make sure your floors don’t absorb any colors, liquids, or odors. Stained concrete floors can be difficult to make like new again. The best way to maintain their clean and shiny appearance is to mop up spills right away. You might also want to consider laying down mats or rugs in high-traffic areas to catch dirt, grime, and spills before they reach your floors.

Seal against Water

Concrete floors are water- and stain-resistant, but eventually you will need to reseal them to make sure the protection from the elements lasts. Reapply the sealant every few years to keep your concrete floors looking like new. If you don’t reseal your floors every few years, they could be more prone to water damage, stains, and abrasions. Hire our professionals if you don’t think you can clean or reseal your concrete floors alone!

If you’re not sure how much difference professional cleaning and sealing might make for your concrete surfaces, why not see an expert demonstration? Professional Surface Restoration offers free estimates with no obligation. Contact us to set up an appointment.

Dirty Carpet Is Hurting Your Health

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dirty carpetDirty carpet is a breeding ground for bacteria. It can act like a sponge, absorbing pounds of pollutants, pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, dirt, dust, and allergens. Many people don’t pay enough attention to carpet cleanliness. This can lead to lower indoor air quality, even long-term respiratory problems for homeowners.

It’s important to give your dirty carpet a deep, thorough cleaning regularly to prevent carpet-related toxins and health issues.

Here are the facts…

Carpets Can Collect 40 Pounds of Dirt Per Year

Over time, your carpet can literally gain weight from the amount of foreign material it absorbs and holds. The average carpet can collect 40 pounds of dirt in a year and twice the amount of dust as the outdoor air – dust that harbors millions of dust mites. A poorly maintained carpet can harbor dirt and pollutants someone tracked into your home years ago. It’s vital to clean your carpet often to rid your home of this massive amount of pollutants. Otherwise, you, your kids, and your pets could be breathing in harmful pollutants day and night.

Carpet Pollutants Can Impact Health

Carpeting can be a significant source of indoor air pollution. Chemically coated carpet fibers can seep into your indoor air as you walk on the carpet, unless you invest in a carpet made from natural materials. Over time, the pollutants your carpet collects can fill the air, until your family is breathing in mold and mildew spores, bacteria, dust, and pet dander. Dirty carpets have been known to cause skin irritation, headaches, sore throats, itchy eyes, fatigue, and breathing problems.

Your “Clean” Might Not Be Clean Enough

Vacuuming your carpets regularly might suck up a great deal of pollutants such as dirt and dander, but it still leaves behind plenty of other allergens. It can even stir up particles to create airborne pollutants. You must clean your carpets more thoroughly than vacuuming for a true “clean.” You should also use a special HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter on your vacuum to collect more pollutants.

Hire a Professional to Really Clean Your Dirty Carpet

Pouring chemical cleaners into your carpet might kill the bacteria, but it can add an enormous amount of chemical pollution to your indoor air in the process. To keep carpets clean in a healthy way, stick to human- and pet-safe cleaning products. Vacuum and scrub your carpets at least once a week, following carpet care instructions. Keep the room well ventilated while cleaning your carpet.

Hire a professional carpet cleaning company to get the job done right. Professional cleaning can help you ensure the long-term cleanliness and safety of your carpets.

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