Carpet stains can be quite unsightly and effect the look of the entire décor. While many people offer different advices on how to remove the stain, the wrong advice can prove quite expensive on the pocket and of course on the carpet. At such a time carpet-cleaning-tips.com can prove of help with a siteload of useful, time-tested and tried methods. The site invites responses from its readers and new ideas on how to remove stains in the simplest methods possible. Continue reading
Be prepared to let flood-damaged walls, ceilings and floors dry for several weeks.
If restoration work is completed before proper drying, mold and mildew will continue to grow. The result may be structural damage to your home, the need to repaint walls or replace new wall coverings, and discomfort or illness to family members who have allergies.
Remove all water as soon as possible from your home. Also remove furnishings that are water soaked. Once water is removed, the next step is removing moisture that has been absorbed by wood, plaster and other materials.
If the weather permits, open doors and windows to remove moisture and odors. If the outside humidity becomes greater than inside, close things up; likewise, close up the house overnight if temperatures drop and moist air might otherwise be drawn indoors. If windows are stuck tight, take off window strips and remove entire sash. If doors are stuck, drive out door hinge pins with a screwdriver and hammer, then remove.
Consider using dehumidifiers to speed up drying when outside humidity levels are high. If possible, rent commercial dehumidifiers, which remove three to four times more water than home models. When using dehumidifiers, shut windows and doors. If there is severe flooding in your home, consider hiring a contractor for water removal. Some companies can dry homes in less than a week with commercial dehumidifiers and air movers.
Wash out mud, dirt and debris as soon as possible with a hose and mop cloth or sponge. Start cleaning from the top floor or upper limit of flooding and work downward. Remove wallboard, plaster and paneling to at least the flood level. Wallboard acts like a sponge when wet. If soaked by contaminated floodwater, it can be a permanent health hazard and should be removed. If most of the wallboard was soaked by clean rainwater, consider cutting a 4- to 12-inch-high section from the bottom and top of walls. This creates a “chimney effect” of air movement for faster drying. A reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade works well, but use only the tip of the blade and watch out for pipes, ductwork and wiring.
Plaster usually does not need to be replaced, though it will take a very long time to dry. Some paneling may be salvaged if allowed to dry slowly. You also should remove and dispose of any flood-damaged insulation, which will hold water for months after getting wet.
To clean the surface, use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent. Difficult stains such as coffee or tea can be removed using a mild household cleaner and baking soda; mixing to achieve a paste consistency. Use a stiff nylon bristle brush, scrubbing (approx. 15-20 strokes) the affected area. Do not scrub so as to mar (damage, scratch) the surface finish.
Stubborn stains that resist any of the above cleaning methods may require the use of undiluted household bleach or nail polish remover. Use a cotton ball saturated with bleach or nail polish remover (acetone), gently rub the stain for up to two minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry using a soft cloth. This step may be repeated if the stain appears to be going away and the color of the laminate has not been affected. Continue reading
Oxygen bleach is a great product to use when cleaning a tile floor. Oxygen bleach is non-toxic, doesn’t produce harsh fumes, is color safe and fabric safe. It removes all food and grease stains with no or minimal scrubbing. The oxygen ions in the solution attack the stain molecules breaking them into pieces that rinse away with little effort. Continue reading
The following points are general tips to clean your tile flooring. We suggest that you check with your specific tile flooring manuafactuer for detailed information on how best to clean your tile flooring Continue reading
One of the biggest advantages of laminate floors is they are made to look good for many years with minimal effort. They require no special products or equipment to maintain their look. For cleaning purposes, a vacuum cleaner, dry mop and perhaps a damp towel for the tougher stains are all that’s needed to keep laminate floors looking good.
Laminates are built to stand up to wear, but like any product, there is a degree of requisite maintenance. Although it mimics the look of hardwood flooring, laminate flooring requires different cleaning care and can’t be treated the same as a true wood floor.
By Nancy Davies
For most of us at home our carpets are our pride and joy. They’re one of the first things somebody sees when entering our home. No wonder that we want them to be clean and neat at all times.
However we often realize that finding a good carpet cleaning service is quite challenging. When we know there is a guest coming soon, we rush to have a good cleaning done. This is when we quickly call various services and ask for prices and how fast can they do the job. And this is where most of us fail and get a bad job done to our carpets. Continue reading
Manufacturers continue to introduce new models and new types with myriad bells and whistles and claimed benefits. There are even model designed to use ultraviolet light to kill dust mites. Continue reading