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At Brooks Flooring Services, Inc., you can get preventive care and maintenance. We sell cleaning products for all the surfaces we sell. Brands include Shaw, Armstrong and Holloway House.

The most important step in area rug care is regular vacuuming! Soil particles and dirt can damage carpet fibers. So, it is imperative to remove soil and dirt from your carpet's surface periodically to avoid long-term damage.

 

If you have shag, cabled, or thick loop pile, it is advisable to use a suction-only vacuum or one with an adjustable brush lifted away from the carpet to get best results. Beater bars can agitate the pile and cause fuzzing.

Rug and carpet care maintenance tips

Carpet is an integral and valuable part of most of our homes. Though we love the beauty of other floors like hardwood, laminate, tile, and resilient luxury vinyl flooring, we also know and love all the great benefits of carpet. Its soft, warm, luxurious and comforting feel is something we all enjoy. They come in a variety of colors and designs and has the ability to make any interior look luxurious.

Give your carpet the maintenance it deserves

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  • Don’t track dirt inside – place walk-off mats in strategic areas.

  • Move your heavy furniture occasionally – and carefully!

  • Use carpet protectors under furniture legs.

  • Reduce periods of direct sunlight.

Optimum preventive care

How do you handle spills on your rug?

  • Remove as much of the spill as possible. Work from the outer edges toward the center.

  • If necessary, use a recommended cleaning solution. We'll be happy to recommend one.

  • Make sure to rinse the area with plain water only. This removes any sticky residue that can attract soil.

  • To absorb any remaining moisture, be sure to layer several white towels over the spot and weigh the towels down with something heavy. This is important even when the rug doesn't seem very damp.

Common carpet myths debunked

MYTH 1 - Asthma and allergy sufferers should not have carpet at home.

 

FACT: Several scientific studies have shown that carpet fibers can actually help people with allergies by trapping and immobilizing potential allergy-causing particulates. If allergens are in the carpet, they're not circulating in the indoor air stream. We suggest that you use a HEPA-filter vacuum to fully remove such particles from the indoor environment.

 

Carpet can help you breathe easier. They act as a trap for allergens and are capable of holding significant quantities of soil, dust and other substances. Carpets generally hold on to soil and other particles until you are ready to remove them. Regular vacuuming, using a high-efficiency filter and periodic hot-water extractions, removes the majority of allergens.

MYTH 2 - Carpet is hard to maintain. It stains and wears out very easily.

 

FACT: Simple maintenance steps can extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking as good as new. Frequent vacuuming removes soil particles before they get below the surface of the pile, where they are far more difficult to remove. In a typical household, a carpet should be thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Hot water extraction systems provide the most effective cleaning. You can get the best results by employing professional carpet cleaners.

MYTH 3 - Carpet is outdated and boring.

 

FACT: Carpets come in a variety of patterns and designs ranging from traditional hounds tooth to exotic zebra, and in stylish colors like all the new grays and other top trends. Many consumers use a mix of carpet, hardwood and tile in their homes to create a beautiful appearance.

MYTH 4 - Carpets emit harmful chemicals that cause health problems.

 

FACT: Carpet is one of the lowest emitters of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) among household furnishings and building materials.

MYTH 5 - Carpet is bad for the environment

 

FACT: Modern day floor manufacturers provide many eco-friendly options for environmentally-conscious consumers. You can get carpets made of Anso nylon which can be recycled. The process helps turn carpet into a renewable product and keeps carpet waste out of landfills there by protecting our environment.

Vinyl flooring maintenance

Dirty floors can increase the spread of germs and bacteria. This is why it's important to select a product that is not only beautiful but also easy to clean.

Simple steps to clean flooring. Here are some dos and don'ts

  • Sweep your floors regularly to remove loose dirt and grit.

  • Wipe up any spills as soon as possible.

  • Clean your floors using Shaw R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner. Simply spray the cleaner on the floor and use a dry mop.

  • For spills, use Shaw R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner and wipe clean with a dry white cloth. No rinsing necessary!

  • Don't use harsh chemicals.

  • Don't use steam.

  • Don't use a vacuum with a beater bar or brush.

What's more? You can opt for resilient vinyl flooring which is a great solution for the busy lifestyle that so many of us live today. This is a product that requires just a few minutes of your time per day and it will stay clean and remain looking as good as ever.

 

It is helpful to have furniture legs that have large surface, non-staining floor protectors. Replace your small, narrow metal or dome-shaped glides with smooth, flat guides that are in full contact with the floor. Heavy-duty furniture that is not moved often should be equipped with flat, non-staining composition furniture casters.

Tips to keep your laminate looking new

  • Entry mats are a good tool to collect the dirt, sand, grit and other substances that your shoes gather.

  • To prevent slippage of area rugs, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.

  • Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases / rollers to minimize the chance of indentations and scratches from heavy objects.

  • Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 35% and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood.

  • During heating season, a humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.

  • During non-heating seasons, an air conditioner, dehumidifier, or periodically turning on your heating will help to maintain humidity during summer months.

  • Avoid excessive water exposure during periods of inclement weather.

  • Keep your pet's nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.

  • Do not try to slide heavy objects across the floor. This will almost always lead to disaster.

  • Use a protective mat for furniture or chairs with castors.

In the event that you get a scratch on your laminate floor, you can easily cover it with a kit made specifically for laminate. These types of kits can be found at most home centers or you can feel free to give us a call and we'll give you comprehensive floor cleaning solutions.

Cleaning tile and stone maintenance

Tile and stone floors are probably the easiest type of floor to keep clean and maintain.

Daily suggestions

 

Sweeping, dusting or vacuuming your floor regularly removes the pile up of dirt or grit that can scratch or dull the surface of your floor. If you choose to use a vacuum, be sure to turn off the vacuum beater brush or raise it so it doesn’t damage the floor.

 

Weekly suggestions

 

It is recommended that you wipe down your floor with a damp mop or a steam mop at least once a week (or more depending on human traffic on the floor) with a cleaner made specifically for stone or tile that has a neutral pH.

What not to do

  • Do not damp mop your newly installed floor for at least 72 hours. Doing so can cause damage to the grout. The grout needs at least 72 hours to dry and cure.

  • Never leave excessive water standing on the floor. Water on the floor is slippery and can leave the floor surface dull.

  • Never use a detergent or soap, because it can dull the surface or promote the growth of mildew.

  • Never use cleaners that contain acids, vinegar, chlorines or ammonia, as these chemicals can damage and discolor the stone or surface

Why it's important to use floormats

Floor mats serve an essential purpose for most of us, especially on our households. Even tiny particles, like dirt, can act like sandpapers that can cause scratches on your hardwood flooring. Using floormats near the kitchen sink can also help prevent water damage.

Regular Maintenance

 

Hardwood floors are really pleasant especially if you can keep it clean and maintain its original beauty. You may use a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar, to get in between the boards and other hard to reach areas. Note that deeper cleaning techniques are still depending on the installation and finish of your hardwood floor. You may refer to your flooring retailer's recommendation for professional cleaning products to remove tough stains and spills.Also, It's always a good choice to seek their advice so you won't void your warranty.

 

Do's and Dont's

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  • Don’t use a wax on a wood floor with a urethane finish

  • Do use cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue

  • Don’t use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor — they’ll dull the finish and affect your ability to recoat later.

  • Do use a professional hardwood floor cleaner to remove occasional scuffs and heel marks (just spray some cleaner on a cloth and rub the stained area lightly). Professional flooring retailers carry specially designed spray cleaners designed for today's hardwood flooring.

  • Don’t wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor (wood naturally expands when it’s wet and can cause your floor to crack or splinter).  For information on steam cleaning hardwood floors, see our blog post on Floor Talk.

  • Do clean sticky spots with a damp towel or sponge

  • Do minimize water exposure and clean spills immediately

Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Screen and Recoat

 

If you wish to revitalized worn and dull flooring without doing a complete refinishing, this is the best solution for you! Screening is the process used to abrade or grind down your floor's polyurethane finish, followed by applying fresh coats of urethane. You may not expect that digs and scratches will be removed, but the result is a rejuvenated floor that looks as good as the day it was installed!

 

Sand and Refinish

 

If you already lose your hope that screen and recoat would not solve the problem, you still have a chance to fix the hard floor by sand and refinish. You may ask for replacement boards (if available) so you don't have to refinish the entire area.

Color Loss and scratches are only a few example which can cause damage to your hard floor. Preventive measures will surely save you time and money.

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  • Hardwood floors are just like our skin, it's reacting to UV rays which can cause permanent damage to colors. Window treatments are much recommended to shade your floors.

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  • Practice covering your furniture to avoid permanent scratches and marks. Be sure to move heavy objects carefully to avoid scuffing

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  • Take note that your pet's nail can cause scratches. Regular trimming of your pets' nail will surely be a help. One Your pet's urine can also cause a stain, so be sure to wipe it immediately.

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