Care and Maintenance

Carpet

Weekly care for your carpet should include regular vacuuming. We carry liquid spot cleaners and Capture dry-cleaning powder for use on soil and stains during regular cleanings. For deeper cleaning, most carpet manufacturers require professional hot water extraction every 12 to 18 months to keep your carpet warranty valid. Using water that is as hot as possible cleans your carpet better and restores the shape of yarn that is crushed in high traffic areas of your home. Choose a company that uses truck-mounted equipment. If you are not sure where to go, we can provide a referral.
Pristine white living room carpet
Black hardwood floor

Hardwood

Weekly care for your polyurethane finished hardwood flooring should involve sweeping to remove larger dirt particles, followed by the use of a wood floor spray cleaner (we carry Bona’s brand of wood cleaners) and terry cloth dust mop. Avoid using a sponge mop and water solution as repeated use will raise the grain in the wood and damage your flooring. For deeper cleaning, we offer a clean and recoat service to renew the look of your hardwood floors. Polyurethane finished wood floors can be screened and recoated many times in their life without sanding away the wood surface. However, we do offer a wood floor Sand and Finish service when customers have large scratches needing repair.

Laminate

Weekly care for your laminate flooring should include the use of a no-rinse floor cleaner with a damp sponge mop or the use of a laminate floor spray cleaner (we carry Tech’s brand of laminate cleaners) and terry cloth dust mop. If damp-mopping, prevent damage to your floor by ensuring that you do not allow water to pool on the floor. Floor finishes will not stick to laminate flooring so using a wax or adding a finish is unnecessary.
Patterned kitchen laminate floor
Ceramic tile shower wall

Ceramic & Stone Tile

Weekly care for your ceramic or stone tile should include the use of a neutral pH cleaner to remove soil. Be sure to change your water/cleaning solution often so you do not mop dirty water back onto the tile surface. For soiled grout lines, use the same cleaner with a nylon scrub brush. Most grout products today have additional additives to make them less porous and more stain resistant; however, we still advise sealing your grout to increase its stain resistance. If your tile flooring is a natural stone or slate, a stone sealer is usually applied at the time of installation but will need to be reapplied periodically based on use.

Vinyl Flooring

Weekly care for your vinyl flooring should should include sponge mopping with a no-rinse vinyl floor cleaner. Most mid-level to high-quality vinyl flooring manufactured today comes with a factory urethane finish. This treatment prevents soil and scuff marks from sticking to the vinyl surface, eliminating the need to reapply a polish. However, basic grades of vinyl may require the application of acrylic dressings. We carry a wide range of vinyl care and maintenance products.
Brown vinyl dining room floor
Cork flooring in a loft

Cork

Weekly care for your cork flooring should include sweeping to remove larger dirt particles, followed by the use of a spray cleaner and terry cloth dust mop. In order to restore the finish of your cork floor, a polyurethane finish can be applied to the surface.

Linoleum

Weekly care for your linoleum flooring should involve the use of a neutral pH cleaner and damp sponge mop. Made from natural raw materials, linoleum can be damaged with the use of high pH cleaners. Marmoleum produced today will have factory applied finishes, but older varieties of linoleum will need to be refinished periodically to protect the floor and keep them looking fresh. We carry Marmoleum’s line of linoleum care and maintenance products.
White linoleum living room floor