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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.

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 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!

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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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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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What to Clean Before Putting Your Home Up for Sale

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What to cleanSelling your home takes ample preparation, and not just in thinking about the financial aspects and figuring out where you’ll move to next. As you’re working on vacating your home, someone else will be determining if it is the place they want to move into. You need to make sure that everything looks as appealing to a potential buyer as possible.

You want your house to have vibe appeal – that intangible factor that makes it feel like home to a prospective buyer. Despite not having concrete elements, vibe appeal goes a long way to making a sale. While you don’t want to dig into any massive investments that won’t bring you proportionate payout, little touch-ups can make a big difference in making your home more appealing to its future residents.

Surface Cleaning

A clean home is easily one of the major components of vibe appeal, and thorough cleaning means your house will look as attractive to potential buyers as possible. Cleaning up any dust, polishing metals, and wiping down the windows can make a big impression on visitors.

Carpet

You don’t just want to stop at surface cleaning, however. Beyond general tidiness, give your carpets a thorough once-over. Don’t just stop at vacuuming; get your carpets professionally cleaned so they look and feel the best they can.

Tile and Grout

Tiles make for a great stylistic choice, but grout has the unfortunate tendency to show staining, even with regular cleaning. A full-scale deep cleaning of grout can make your tile look tip-top, giving the impression of newer tiles.

While all tiles are important, you want to take special care when tending to your bathroom. A dirty bathroom can give the impression that the whole home is dirty. Eliminating any traces of dirty grout will help your restroom contribute to the sale of your home instead of driving potential buyers away.

Front Lawn and Driveway

The adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” unfortunately does not apply to homebuyers. Before they even consider taking a tour, potential buyers will decide if they want to buy your house based on the front exterior. You need to do a little more than stick a “for sale” sign in your driveway to make people want to step inside.

Make sure you’ve tended to your front lawn. Adding a few plants and flowers helps make your house look attractive to others. If you have a driveway, keeping that in shape is essential, as well. Tend to any potential cracks and power wash the concrete.

Removing Clutter

There’s a chance your house has been your home for a substantial amount of time, and it’s filled with your belongings and memories. You need to remove as much mess as possible. Clean up any clutter for showings, so potential buyers can feel they have enough space and imagine themselves at home. For areas such as closets, removing at least half of your clothes can make the space seem roomier.

Cleaning is easily one of the most critical parts in successfully selling your home. Be as thorough as possible and watch your vibe appeal increase as a result.

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