Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tip Tuesday: Hard Surface Cleaning

Did you recently install ceramic or stone tile or wood or vinyl flooring in your home? 

If you want to preserve these hard surface floors' durability and keep them from eroding, follow the tips outlined below!

  • Place walk off mats in the building.
    • According to the IICRC, "Studies indicate that five feet of walk off mat will reduce 33 percent of the soil entering into a building, and 25 feet of walk off mat will reduce almost all of the soil entering a building."
  • Remove spills as soon as they occur with the following items: cleaning solution specific to the type of flooring installed, a wet mop, and a bucket with a wringer.  Be sure to completely dry the floor afterwards.
  • Eliminate soil on a daily or routine basis by sweeping, dust mopping, vacuuming, and using microfiber cloths. 
    • The IICRC indicates that vacuuming is the most efficient approach to remove soil.
  • Follow the aforementioned dry methods with wet ones, which include spot, damp and wet mopping, but be sure to keep the moisture levels to a minimum.
  • Hire a professional and certified floor maintenance technician periodically to restore the hard surface flooring to its original state.  Trained and experienced technicians, such as those employed by Restore Construction, Inc., can help you extend your floor's lifespan.

Source: IICRC (http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/hard-surface-cleaning/)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hire A Professional for Spring Carpet Cleaning

Spring is in the air, which means it is spring cleaning time.  One of the items you should definitely clean this spring is your carpeting.  We highly recommend hiring a professional like Restore Construction, Inc. to do so!  We have the education and experience to employ the most effective methods and technologies, and our IICRC-certified technicians take pride in their work. 

Our certified professionals understand the principles of carpet cleaning, which the IICRC outlined below.
  • Dry Soil Removal - Thorough vacuuming using an upright vacuum with brush agitation and high-efficiency double-lined collection bag, or a final filter, to remove up to 99 percent of particles.
  • Soil Suspension - This involves the application of properly specified, formulated and mixed preconditioning agents designed to separate soil from fibers. There are four fundamentals involved in soil suspension: application of preconditioning chemicals; using heat or temperature to speed chemical reactions; agitation for proper chemical distribution, and providing dwell time so that chemical reactions can be completed before soil extraction is attempted. The acronym "CHAT" makes the fundamentals of soil suspension easy to remember.
  • Soil Extraction - Any method of cleaning must physically remove soils if it is to be successful. Soil removal takes place with absorption, wet vacuuming, rinsing and even dry vacuuming. The most common method for soil removal among professionals is hot water extraction.
  • Grooming, as necessary - Grooming has little to do with physical soil removal; however, it is needed to eliminate pile distortion and matting, to properly distribute additives, such as carpet protectors, and to create an even appearance for your inspection.
  • Drying - Damp carpet resoils rapidly, creates potential for slip-fall problems and ultimately, can grow bacteria with associated odor.
Therefore, if you decide to freshen and renew your carpet this spring, which we do encourage, hire an expert like Restore Construction, Inc.!

Source: IICRC (http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/carpet-cleaning/)