Many people choose tile flooring in their homes because it is attractive and very durable. In order to maintain it’s beautiful appearance, it’s important to keep it clean. Try these tips to help keep your tile looking new.
Keep dirt off your tile floor
Your tile’s first line of defense against dirt is a doormat. According to the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), dirt that is tracked across tile flooring will act as sandpaper and wear away the finished surface. By keeping doormats or area rugs inside every door of your house, you can prevent excessive dirt from coming into contact with your tile floor.
Doormats won’t keep all the dirt out, so regular maintenance is the next step in keeping tile floors clean.
- Sweep or vacuum up debris at least once a week, more often is better
- Use a damp paper towel or sponge to wipe up any wet or sticky messes
- Damp mop your floors weekly, all you need is a mop and warm water
Cleaning regularly can help to prevent serious dirt buildup and hard-to-remove stains, which are much more difficult and time consuming than day-to-day maintenance tasks.
Deep clean tough spots
Ground-in dirt may require a little more elbow grease. If you have textured tile, you may need to use a soft-bristle brush or scrubber sponge. Avoid highly abrasive tools such as steel wool or scrubbing powders, which can permanently scratch the surface of your tile. Once your tile floor is free of dirt, rinse away any residue with clean, warm water.
Sometimes a professional tile cleaning is in order
A professional is able to thoroughly and safely deep clean your tile, stone, and grout. With access to safe cleaners, highly effective equipment, and grout sealing products, All you need to do is regular upkeep and maintenance to enjoy your sparkling clean tile.
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Maintaining upholstered furniture is easy to do while following these few simple steps. They do not take much time and you keep your sofa looking great year after year.
Choose the Right Fabric
Where will the furniture be located, in a well-traveled area or in an area exposed to direct sunlight? Furniture pieces subject to daily heavy wear need to be covered in tough, durable, tightly woven fabrics.
Turn the Cushions
Change the cushions around from one side to the other in addition to turning them over. Some seats get more usage than others, so changing cushions around will ensure even usage.
Vacuum your upholstered furniture weekly for general cleaning and to remove surface soil. This also prevents dirt from becoming embedded into the fibers. You can also use a brush to gently whisk the dirt away. Use a soft bristled brush so that you don’t snag the fabric.
While regular care does a lot for your upholstered furniture’s maintenance, accidents will happen. Blot any spills immediately with a clean folded towel.
Call a Professional
It is best to have a professional upholstery cleaning every couple of years or so. Experts recommend having this done on a regular basis and not wait for it to get visibly dirty. The dirtier a sofa or chair becomes, the harder it is to restore to its original state.