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How To Shine Your Tile Floors | Do’s and Don’t’s

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A popular flooring choice in high-traffic areas that frequently experience water exposure, tile features nearly limitless design possibilities and excellent durability. Those with tile floors love having a hard surface that’s relatively easy to clean and resistant to staining.

 

Make Your Tile Floors Shine Like New

Tile isn’t without maintenance concerns, however, and after a few years, you may notice that your tile is looking less than spotless.

Here are some quick do’s and don’ts to keep your tile looking fabulous.

 

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How To Clean Tile Grout

The most frequent concern we hear when it comes to cleaning tile is about grout. While this has been eliminated in some aspects with the advent of colored grout, all grout – due to being slightly lower than the tile surface – becomes a stopping point for dirt, dust, and grime. Over time, this can cause extensive staining and discoloration.

The most important thing you can do to prevent staining and discoloration on grout is to have your tile professionally sealed. This should be done at installation after your grout has cured. Repeat the sealing process every year or two, or as often as needed. Areas of your floor that receive a lot of water exposure may require more frequent sealing than others.

If you notice that your grout is beginning to trap more dust and debris than normal, it’s probably time to have your floors professionally cleaned and resealed.

 

Do This to Keep Your Grout Spotless

  • Regularly sweep your floor to remove debris and dust, both of which are surprisingly abrasive to grout compound.
  • Quickly clean spills, especially materials that stain or have a high acid content, such as red wine and tomato sauce.
  • Use a commercially available cleanser that’s formulated for use on tile and grout.

Don’t Do This to Your Grout

  • Don’t use bleach. While you may have read about it online, using bleach carries a dirty little secret: the chemical compounds in bleach can weaken your grout, making it more porous. This means that all your work will just leave you with dirtier looking grout than before.
  • Don’t scratch, sand, or use abrasive cleansers in your grout lines. Grout is a compound of polymers and a sand-like material and, while it’s durable, it’s not indestructible. Over time, abrasive measures can wear down your grout, leaving a steeper connection point between tiles. This will also make it difficult to clean your floors.

 

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How To Shine Tile Floors

Keeping your tiles spic-and-span isn’t just about the grout. Most tiles aren’t flat on their surface and exhibit nooks, crannies, and raised spots that collect dirt over time. Before you tackle this problem, it’s important to know what type of tile you have. Ceramic tiles may react poorly to abrasive cleaners, which can remove the color from the surface; always test a small area before proceeding.

Stone or natural tiles are almost always either polished to a high shine or sealed. For this reason, you should never use steel wool or scrub pads on these tiles, as you may damage the surface.

Vinyl or linoleum tiles often have a thin overlay in order to enhance their shine. Harsh chemicals can cause this to peel and crack, ruining your floor.

Do This to Maintain Your Tiles

  • Sweep or vacuum your floor daily to remove dust and dirt.
  • Follow sweeping or vacuuming with a dry duster or dust mop to ensure all loose debris has been removed.
  • If your floor doesn’t have heavy staining, warm water is all you need to clean.
  • Dry your floor when you’re done by going back over the wet areas with a dry mop.
  • If you have stains or heavier dirt, use a commercially available cleanser developed to clean tiles. Gently clean the areas with a floor brush to deep clean.

Don’t Do This to Your Tiles

  • Avoid using harsh detergents, cleansers, or vinegar-based products. These cleansers can discolor your tiles or damage the surface.
  • Don’t use floor wax without a professional application. Store-brand waxes tend to be very difficult to remove and can build up on your floor, causing yellowing, staining, or sticky surfaces that attract dirt.

 

When to Call the Professionals

Regardless of how well you maintain your tiles, you’re going to need professional help eventually. Inspect your tiles regularly, as damage to one tile can affect the entire structure of your flooring and lead to damage to the adjacent tiles.

If you notice any of the following, it’s time to call in professional help:

  • Grout that is stained, crumbling, or cracked.
  • Tiles that exhibit signs of wear such as cracks, missing pieces, or chips.
  • Stone or ceramic tiles that show extensive surface wear. This will be exhibited in loss of color in specific areas or an area that doesn’t reflect a shine. In some instances, you may be able to see scratches along the surface of the tile.
  • Vinyl or linoleum tiles that are peeling, shifting, or buckling.

 

Keeping Your Tile Flooring Shining Like New!

With proper care, tile can provide your home with beautiful, functional flooring. We hope that these tips will help extend the life of your floor and hopefully even restore older tile to its former state.

Contact Carpet to Go today to learn more about new tile and other flooring options.

How to Clean Your Area Rug in 7 Simple Steps

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Area rugs are an affordable and versatile way to liven up any living space. They provide a soft, warm place for your feet to land when you get out of bed, and can tie together the design elements in a room or create separation in open floor plans. However, if you want to get a lasting flooring life from your area rug, you need to regularly clean and maintain it.

In today’s article, we’ll share seven simple steps for area rug cleaning. Perform these basic tasks to help your area rug withstand the test of time.

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How To Clean Your Area Rug

Before you read this, check your area rug for a tag with cleaning information. If the manufacturing tag tells you how to clean your area rug, follow those instructions.

Can’t find a guide for how to clean your area rug? No problem! Whatever material your area rug is made out of, this cleaning process will work for you. Follow this basic cleaning procedure to maintain your area rug.

  1. Start with the Right Settings. Set your vacuum to a lower speed. This reduces the airflow of the vacuum and prevents your area rug from getting stuck or ripped during cleaning.
  2. Regular Vacuuming. This is rug care 101. Vacuum your area rug on a regular basis to clean away dirt, dust and other grime that build up. You should vacuum at least once a week or more, as needed. Reversible rugs can be vacuumed on both sides. If your rug has any fringes on the edge, don’t vacuum these. Instead, brush away dust and dirt into a dustpan.
  3. Baking Soda and Vacuuming. Sprinkle a fine layer of baking soda across your area rug. Then, vacuum your area rug. This cleans your rug from dirt while neutralizing odors. You can do this everytime you vacuum, or whenever you feel the need for a deeper clean.
  4. Brush Away the Leftovers. Even the best vacuums don’t suck away everything. Use a coarse brush to get rid of the dust bunnies, pet dander and hair strands that may be left behind. Try and do this every time you vacuum your area rug.
  5. Shake It Out or Beat it Up. Roll up your area rug and take it outside. For smaller rugs that you can easily hold onto, just shake the rug to loosen embedded dirt and dust from the material. For larger rugs, you can hang them on a clothesline and then beat the dirt out of them with a stick. Repeat your shaking or beating process for both sides of your area rug. Beat or shake your rugs once a month.
  6. Clean Under Your Rug. When you remove your area rug from your home, be sure to clean the floor underneath the rug. Dirt that’s left unattended will just get right back in your clean rug. If you’re not removing your rug and you’re just vacuuming, roll up the edges and corners of your rug. Then, vacuum and/or sweep these areas clean.
  7. Rotate Your Rug. Turn the direction that your rug faces once every six months. This evens out natural wear and tear from foot traffic and sunlight. If your area rug is reversible, you can flip it once or twice a year.

 

Cleaning Area Rugs by Material

Along with the regular area rug cleaning and maintenance outlined above, there are some area rug materials that require special cleaning considerations. Here’s a list of common area rug materials and what you need to know.

Cotton

Many cotton area rugs are safe to go in your washer. Check the tag on your rug, and if it’s made of cotton, you can wash it like you would your clothes. If it’s too big, follow the instructions for wool.

Wool

After vacuuming your area rug, mix cold water and laundry detergent in a bucket. Use a microfiber cloth to dab the surface of your area rug. Apply detergent and water to your cloth as needed. A light saturation of the rug’s surface is fine – you just don’t want it to seep through.

Next, get a fresh bucket of cold water and dab your area rug with a fresh microfiber cloth. Finally, blot the rug dry with towels. Allow the rug to dry overnight before resuming regular use.

Synthetic Fibers

Take your rug outside and hang it on a clothesline. Use a garden hose and dishwasher detergent to clean your synthetic fiber area rug. Work the dish-washing liquid into the rug with a small scrub brush. Use gentle motions – don’t scour the area rug.

Rinse the rug off completely until there are no more soap suds coming from the area rug. Let your synthetic fiber area rug dry out overnight before you lay it back down indoors.

Exotic Rugs

Persian, Oriental, and other special rugs should only be deep cleaned by a professional. Regularly vacuum your rug and the areas around and underneath it – but don’t try anything else, or you might damage it. You invested your money in an exceptional rug, invest in making it last as well!

 

Call Carpet to Go for Area Rugs and More

Have further questions about how to clean your area rug? Is it time to purchase a new rug, carpet, or other types of flooring? Carpet to Go in Bellevue offers flooring solutions for everyone.

Get a quality floor that won’t break your budget. Contact us now and see the area rugs and flooring services we have for you.