Floor Care


Bamboo Floors
Should be dust mopped, vacuumed or swept with a soft bristle broom daily, or as often as necessary, to remove grit and dust from the surface. Walking on a dusty or dirty floor is the quickest way to damage a finish.

Place walk-off mats at all exterior entrances. This will capture much of the harmful dirt before it reaches the Bamboo floor. Shake out, vacuum or wash mats and area rugs frequently.

Floor protector pads should be placed on the bottoms of the legs of furniture. Floor protectors shall be kept clean of grit and periodically replaced. Wheels should have hardened-plastic casters. Narrow or metal casters may dent the flooring. Keep high heels in good repairs. An unprotected tip will dent a bamboo floor.

Carpets
Carpets act as filters for an entire house. Carpets should be vacuumed weekly to maintain their efficiency in collecting dust, and it doesn't hurt appearance wise either. High traffic areas or entrance areas from outside or a dirty garage might require more frequent cleaning. For spot cleaning call us about Do's and Don'ts of carpet cleaning. Always be sure to blot the stained area, and check for special instructions for removing different types of stains.

Do not overwet wall-to-wall carpeting - excessive wetting can cause the fabric backing to shrink. Sometimes this shrinkage can even cause tears in the carpet. For many non oil-based stains on water-treatable cotton and wool rugs, a good solution to begin with is teaspoon clear dishwashing liquid and 1 cup warm water. Dirt is a lot easier to get out than mud. That means if your kids track mud over your Oriental runner in the hallway, let it dry first. Then lift up as much as you can with a dull knife or the handle of a spoon and vacuum the rest. If there is still a residual effect, like a slight shading where the mud was, use the above detergent solution.


Laminated Floors
Usually a quick sweep or vacuum will clean them, although mopping will be required occasionally to remove spills or stains. When mopping the floor, use a mild detergent and, being sure not to use too much water, go over the entire floor. If excessive moisture leaks between the planks, it can badly damage the backing. Then using plain water, rinse off the floor to avoid leaving a detergent film.



Vinyl floor
Vinyl flooring, typically called a no wax, or a no maintenance floor, they appear commonly in kitchens and bathrooms. These large sheets have a variety of patterns and colours, and are factory finished with a tough polyurethane type finish. These floors are very inexpensive, and are simply glued down.

Usually a quick sweep or vacuum will clean them, although mopping will be required occasionally to remove spills or stains. When mopping the floor, use a mild detergent and, being sure not to use too much water, go over the entire floor. Then using plain water, rinse off the floor to avoid leaving a detergent film.

Although called called no maintenance, these floors can loose their luster over time. This can be restored with an acrylic floor polish, that is applied in a very thin coat. Check your local home center or janitorial supplier. These floors are soft, and easily damaged, especially in the kitchen where we all tend to drop pots and knives. Expect to replace these floors every 7 to 10 years under regular use.