Welcome to the S&G Carpets and More Blog where you will find valuable information about carpeting, hardwood laminate and vinyl flooring. We cover everything from how to shop for flooring for your home or office, the basic care for your flooring, and even information on what spaces are perfect for hardwood, carpeting, laminate or vinyl flooring.
Laminate flooring is preferred by many homeowners because it’s durable and easy to maintain. Keeping your laminate flooring clean and in great condition is a simple matter of completing regular cleaning tasks and carefully removing any stains. To keep your laminate floors in the best shape possible, follow these six guidelines:
- Sweep, dust or vacuum your floor regularly. If you use a vacuum, be sure to use a special attachment for hard flooring.
- Use Bona laminate flooring cleaner instead of liquid soaps, oils or other cleaners that might damage your flooring.
- Wipe up all spills as quickly as possible with a clean, damp cloth. Letting spills stand may cause staining or warping of your floors.
- Use acetone-based nail polish to clean off difficult spots and stains. Be sure to wipe up all acetone so that it doesn’t damage your flooring.
- Avoid using a steam cleaner on the flooring as it may cause warping or otherwise damage your flooring.
- Trim your pet’s nails so that they don’t scratch or dent your floors.
If you’re unsure of how you should tackle a stain, talk to a carpet and flooring pro. At S&G Carpet and More, we’re here to help clients throughout the greater Sacramento area choose beautiful flooring and keep it in great shape.
Whether you’ve invested in hardwood or laminate, you work hard to keep your floors looking great. Naturally, the more proactive you are in caring for your floors, the better they’ll look. For the best results, start taking care of floor care from day one. You can even jot down on your calendar when you should do routine cleaning to ensure that dirty floors don’t get out of hand.
Seven Tips to Keep Hardwood Floors Clean and in Great Shape
It’s no secret that hardwood floors require special care, but that doesn’t mean that keeping them clean and in great shape is difficult. As with any flooring, keeping up with regular cleaning and attacking stains as soon as you notice them is key. Instead of stressing about your hardwood floors, simply remember to follow these seven guidelines:
- Always wipe up spills promptly with a clean, soft cloth. Allowing spills to sit on your hardwood flooring can lead to warping and other damage.
- Vacuum or sweep your floors regularly with a brush or felt vacuum head. If you use a vacuum, be sure that its wheels are clean and are free of debris that might scratch or damage your flooring.
- Use a mist sprayer and Bona hardwood floor cleaner. Use a specialized cleaning tool with a clean, soft cotton head.
- Use protective pads underneath furniture legs to minimize scratches.
- Place throw rugs at entryways and by sinks to prevent traffic-related damage to your flooring.
- Avoid using two-in-one cleaner and polish solutions that might contain acrylics or urethane that can damage the finish of your flooring.
- Always clean hardwood floors in both directions to preserve their luster and protect their finish.
Of course, if your flooring has already suffered from substantial damage or staining, you may need to call in a professional to help sand and refinish your floor.
Before you can get rid of carpet stains, you’ll need to identify them. After all, not all stains are the same. You’ll need to take different steps to clean your carpet depending on what’s staining it. Carefully cleaning the stain by hand is always better than using a home carpet-cleaning machine. While these machines may seem convenient, they tend to do more damage than cleaning.
Coffee, Tea & Urine Stains
Coffee, tea and urine are water-based stains, but they require slightly different care than similar stains. If your carpet suffers from water-based stains, follow the first line of action outlined from the previous post. These should remove the majority of coffee, tea and urine stains. However, if these steps don’t work, you should move on to the third line of action. Avoid using ammonia on these types of stains.
Grease- and Oil-Based Stains
Stains from grease- and oil-based substances require special care. Follow the care instructions on dry cleaning fluid to remove these stains. If this method doesn’t work, go through the three lines of actions outlined above. If stains still persist, you may need to hire a professional service to help you remove them. Of course, the carpet experts at S&G Carpet and More will also be happy to provide you with stain-busting pointers.
Your carpet literally provides the grounding for the rest of your home decor, but it’s not always possible to keep it as clean as you’d like. Whether it’s a bit of wine spilled during a special dinner or grease tracked in from the garage, eliminating common carpet stains can be trying. While there’s no easy fix for every carpet stain, you can bust almost any stain by following a few simple steps.
Hundreds of common substances can cause water-based carpet stains. Many homeowners have dealt with spots caused by juice, alcohol, syrup, milk, soda, alcohol, latex paint, water colors and vomit. If you find yourself confronted by a water-based stain, you can take a few simple steps to eliminate it.
Your first line of action should be to:
- Remove any solid material on the stain. Be sure to work from the outside of the stain to its center.
- Blot the spill with a clean, white towel.
- Apply dry-cleaning liquid to a white cloth and gently dampen the stain.
- Wipe the stain gently, turning the cloth frequently. Don’t scrub the stain or use a brush.
- Rinse the stain with lukewarm water.
- Cover the area with another clean, white towel and blot it to lift the liquid.
- Rinse and blot until all the cleaning fluid is gone.
- Place fresh towels on the carpet and apply weight until the spot is dry.
If your first attempt to remove the stain doesn’t work, move on to the second line of action You should:
- Mix 1 tablespoon of household ammonia with 1 cup of water.
- Apply to the stain.
- Rinse and blot until the stain is removed.
If your first two attempts fail, follow the third line of action and:
- Mix equal parts water and white vinegar.
- Apply to the stain.
- Rinse and blot until the stain is removed.
When it comes to choosing pet-friendly flooring, you’ll need to think about materials, texture and color. You’ll want to choose durable flooring that fits your personal style. It’s also important to choose flooring that won’t be tough on your animals. In general, avoid very slick flooring as animals may slip and slide on it. This is especially problematic for dogs and cats as it may affect their hips.
New, luxury vinyl flooring is also a great choice for pet owners. This type of flooring is incredibly durable and resists both scratches and water damage. It tends to be soft to walk on, so you can also rest assured that your pets will be comfortable when you choose vinyl.
Hardwood floors may look nice, but they’re a bad choice for pet owners. Pet nails may scratch or mar the floors. Potty accidents can also result in unsightly, stinky stains that are difficult to remove. If you want the luxury of hardwood without its pitfalls, go with bamboo. Bamboo is incredibly strong and resists pet stains.
There’s no doubt that carpeting is the worst choice for pet owners. While carpets may be soft, they soak up accidents quickly. This means that carpets are susceptible to serious odors and staining. Pet hair can also collect in carpeting, causing problems for those with allergies and asthma.