Archives: October 2015

Hardwood floors are becoming more prevalent in most homes. They bring a homey charm and are aesthetically pleasing. Most know that these floors come with more diligent maintenance and care than other flooring alternatives. There are some routines that could be inadvertently damaging your beautiful hardwood floors that you’re not even realizing.

Leading Carpet Cleaning would like to make you more aware of how you could be damaging your hardwood floors so you can avoid it!

Walking with Dirty Shoes On – When walking into your home from being outside, the bottom of your shoes collect dirt, pebbles and other small particles of debris. Walking across the bare hardwood floor is like taking sandpaper to those floors. It is prudent to have a welcome mat in front of the entry points to your home so the exfoliation of everyone’s shoes entering your home can begin. Having a walk off rug in the entry way is equally as important to keep the dirty grime from direct contact with your floor. Any room in your home that has hardwood floors should be adorned with area rugs in the high traffic areas. Keeping the dirt and pebbles off your hardwood floors will keep the scratches and deteriorating factors to a minimal. On the subject of area rugs, sometimes they can move and slide around easily. The first response is to tape them down with double sided tape, or purchase the sticky, cushiony, mesh rug pads. Both are a mistake as the adhesive can be difficult if not impossible to remove, and will also contribute to damaging the hardwood floor.
Outside water. If you own a pool or hot tub, or simply live where there is a fair amount of rainfall, chances are there are some particular entry points being used where water can make its way from the outdoors into your home. For shoes or rain boots, store them on a plastic tray, and for the pool side entry, use a water resistant area rug to prevent the water damage.
Mopping & Cleaning Maintenance. There are quite a few hardwood floor owners that are mopping incorrectly. A common problem is using too much water. Water will always penetrate down and once it has settled beneath the floor boards, the damage will commence. Hardwood floor can be treated with dozens of finishes. Each finish has a specific cleaner that needs to be used. It is extremely important that you know what finish is on your hardwood floor, and use the appropriate treatments to keeping your floors shining, clean and maintained. On the maintaining subject, don’t let your hardwood floors fall victim to procrastination. Allowing the proper care and maintenance to go undone for extended periods of time can make repairs time consuming and costly.
Furry feet & Sharp Nails of Cats and Dogs. Pet owners need to remember insisting the indoor pets that are walking along the hardwood floors are well groomed. Keeping their nails trimmed is just as vital to the care of your hardwood floors as keeping the dirt away. Once their nails are too long, their little patters around your home can be contributing to the scratches. If this task doesn’t sound appealing, most groomers trim the nails at a reasonable cost. It is also important to clean up cat and dog urine accidents as well.

Hardwood Floor Installation, Replacement & Preventative Maintenance Cleaning, Sealing & Refinishing in Orange, Santa Ana, Rancho Cucamonga, Anaheim, Whittier, Riverside, Chino & Fullerton California

Leading Carpet Cleaning has many services to offer, among them is hardwood installation and refinishing. If you need get your hardwood floors back to their original glory, call our professionals to get the job done.

If you hear that little whimper and a child say that they don’t feel very good, you know the next thing coming up is the dreaded vomit. This is one of the hardest things to clean up and one thing that most people dread having to tackle. One of the biggest problems with cleaning up vomit is that you just can’t be sure exactly what the vomit is. Vomit can consist of anything that the sick person has eaten in that last few hours. Another issue is that cleaning up the vomit is usually put on hold while you tend to the person that is sick and needs your attention. It is bad for any spill to sit on the carpet fibers and left to soak into the padding; especially acidic vomit. Another problem that comes with cleaning vomit is that it is really a two part process. There are odor and stain that have to be dealt with.

Leading Carpet Cleaning has some reasons why it is hard to clean vomit and what you can do to help remove the stain and the odor.

Why is cleaning vomit so hard? There are several reasons that cleaning vomit is hard. The vomit is usually left on the carpet while the person that has gotten sick is being cared for. This means that the vomit can soak in and the stain will start to set in. It is also hard to clean because there are really two parts to cleaning a vomit stain. The first part is the stain that will need to be treated. The second part is that vomit leaves a lingering odor that can be very hard to eliminate.

How do you clean vomit from carpet & upholstery? There are several steps that you can take to start cleaning the vomit. The first step is to remove the excess vomit that may be laying on the carpeting. This might be the most uncomfortable part, but once you are done with that you can start the real cleaning. The next step is to use old rags or towels and start to dab away at the area. You do not want to scrub because this cannot only damage the fibers but push the stain out to a larger area. After you have dabbed away what you can add a layer of baking soda to help with the odor and to help soak up the excess liquid. You want to use the vacuum and remove the powder after it has sat on the area for about 10 minutes. Then you will start to clean the remaining stain with whatever cleaner you have spot tested on your carpet.

Professional Vomit Carpet & Furniture Stain & Odor Removal in Orange, Santa Ana, Rancho Cucamonga, Anaheim, Whittier, Riverside, Chino & Fullerton California

If you have done all of these steps and the stain or odor is still present, you can call a professional carpet cleaner to remove the stain and the odor. Call Leading Carpet Cleaning for all of your floor and upholstery cleaning needs!

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