The holidays are approaching, and that means family members will be traveling across the world and across your floors when they come to visit. Right now that furious scrubbing noise heard across the nation is the sound of parents desperately trying to make certain everything is in order before their children arrive. Luckily for those out there who hate even hearing the words “deep cleaning,” even giving your floors a regular clean will change the way your home looks immensely. Floors have a way of getting dirt and animal hair and other little bits of clutter trapped in them, so by giving them a decent clean, it will remove a lot of the debris and allergens from your home. The professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey, in addition to offering expert flooring installation of any material imaginable, are also very knowledgeable about ways to make your floors the cleanest they can be for the upcoming holiday season.
Hardwoods? Hardly a Problem
It is true that hardwood floors look dirtier than their carpeted cousins, but that is because the dirt is surface level. It means the rolling balls of animal hair, dirt particles, and random bread ties have nowhere to go, and are left to roam the surfaces of your floors. Luckily for you, this means a quick and detailed sweep will get most of the offenders out of the way. You might be surprised at how good your home will look after a sweep if you have hardwoods down. But this is the holiday season, which requires a more detail-oriented approach. If you are wary about using a mop on your pristine floors in the fear that chemicals or the water itself will damage the surface, fear not. There are cleaners made specifically for hardwood use, so apply that in the appropriate amount with a bit of water and your floor will look better than it has in ages. If you want to take things a step further, you might look at polishing the floor, which will restore it to its natural state and bring out all of the character that has been hiding behind years of dirt and grime.
What Lies Beneath
Carpets, on the other hand, are kind of the opposite problem. Depending on the type of carpet you have in your home, you might be hiding a lot more dirt than the hardwoods of the world. The first step, and probably one that many engage in on a regular basis, is vacuuming. Keep in mind that this is not a race, so finishing quickly just so you can check another item off your to do list is not the best practice. Go slow, and give the machine an opportunity to actually do its job. A steam cleaner is also something that you might want to consider, especially if you have stains, regardless of their intensity. A good steam cleaning will make your carpet look like it was freshly installed, and if it doesn’t, maybe it is time to lay something new down.
Cleaning the floors of your home is something that takes time, but is well worth the effort. Your guests will be shocked at how well your home looks after spending a little quality time sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, and polishing your floors.