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Wednesday, December 28 2011

OxiClean Carpet Spot & Stain Remover:

"Can I use OxiClean Carpet Spot & Stain Remover on my travertine floor?" This question has been proposed to me several times this month from individuals who are trying to get their homes ready for the holidays. This is an excellent question and the answer is an emphatic NO!

OxiClean Carpet Spot & Stain Remover, whose parent company is Arm & Hammer, has a pH level of 4.0, this is according to its MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). With a pH level of 4.0 this would make it an ACID. Acids, of any kind, will eventually etch, it literally eats the stone, travertine stone, no matter what type of sealer has been applied to the stone. The damage could be permanent or at best require the skill of a professional stone polisher to remove the etch marks from your travertine stone floors. It is important to state that the manufacturer of OxiClean Carpet Spot & Stain Remover DOES NOT recommend this product for anything other than carpets. You should avoid using this on any stone or concrete you have around your home. This would include granite, marble, slate, limestone, and of course concrete. Acid can and will permanently damage these type of surfaces.

If you are in need of removing stains from your travertine floors, countertops, etc. please call a local cleaner and ask for help. You can contact me at paddle@frontiernet.net if you have questions about your travertine floors or how to locate reputable stone specialist.

Michael Hull

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Tuesday, December 13 2011

Groupon Carpet Cleaning Nightmare - Part 2:

I routinely have people coming to my website through search engines. They will sometimes google to find us and they will even google something like "groupon carpet cleaning or groupon tile cleaning." Because I want to keep up with the latest trends I too googled "groupon carpet cleaning" and discovered this:

I give this company a BIG FAT 0! I bought a groupon because I really needed my carpets cleaned. I set up an appointment and got the confirmation email. I had to work so my friend was so sweet to have come to my house and hang out while my carpets were being cleaned. She calls me at 11:30am appointment was at 11:00am and said no one was there. I called the company and no one answered and the voicemails were FIlLED! The company never called to apologize never heard from them. Luckily groupon is amazing and they're refunding my MONEY! I will never USE this company again and I feel no one else should either as you never get to speak to a live person just a voicemail that is always full!

As you can see their experience using groupon was not a positive one. I do not personally blame groupon because they do not do the work. They are marketers trying to generate leads for their clients. The problem is that carpet cleaning and/or tile cleaning is bad fit for groupon. Most carpet cleaners can not make a profit based on the groupon "deal". If they do not sell you additional services they will most likely lose money. Since most cleaners will only clean a house once it is worth the risk of upsetting you. They are hoping that by the time you need your carpets cleaned again you will forget the bad experience or at least forget their name.

Another trend I see happening with groupon and living social is that larger companies are marketing groupon then they pick the cherries (clients who express interest in additional cleaning services over the phone) and then they sell off all the others. You wind up working with a sub contractor who has no interest in you or groupon. They will get to you when they have time or when they are in your neighborhood.

There is an old saying "If it sounds too good to be true it probably is." I hope this information has been helpful. If you have questions please email me at paddle@frontiernet.net.

Michael Hll

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Wednesday, December 07 2011

Concrete Restoration:

If you live in a home you probably have concrete somewhere on your property. This could include a driveway, walkway, garage floor, patio area, foundation for your home, and of course the cool deck surrounding your pool. Concrete has been used for centuries as a building product invented by the Romans. Concrete is mainly comprised of Portland Cement, Fly Ash, Slag Cement, Aggregate, and coloring agents. Sanded grout in your tile floors, kitchen countertops, vanities, & showers are also a type of concrete. When mixed with water these materials will dry and harden to form concrete.

Probably the largest area of concrete that people would most like to restore is their garage floors. Over time a garage floor can become quite dirty with motor oil, tire tracks, dirt, and something called Efflorescence. When you clean your garage floor with water the concrete will dry from the inside out. While it is drying the water pushes a mineral called calcium carbonate to the surface. This is a common occurence that has been labeled - Efflorescence. Over time more and more of this white powdery residue will appear. This phenomenon is also common in clay bricks.

In order to restore your concrete floor you first should know that concrete has a pH level of 11.0 and any type of acid should NOT be used. You will need to use a high alkaline cleaner with a quality degreasing agent with a pH level of 12.0 to 14.0. The concrete floor should be cleaned with something that is environmentally safe for obvious reasons. You will want to use hot steamy water to clean and rinse the floor with. Hot water will help to melt the ground in oils and dirt that has lodged into the pores of the concrete. Your number one problem will be extracting the water and grime from the floor and your number two problem will be drying times.

After cleaning the floor you will want to treat the Efflorescence. There are products out that there that will push the calcium carbonate back down into the concrete keeping it from reaching the surface. Finally the surface should be sealed with a quality concrete sealer to keep dirt, grime, and oil from lodging into the pores. This may take 1-2 days to completely dry out depending on weather conditions. To keep the floor looking good you will want to use a more gentle cleaning product with a pH level of 7.0 to 8.0. A micro fiber mop may help you mop up the water making for faster drying times.

I hope this article has been helpful to you. If you have questions please email me at paddle@frontiernet.net or give me a call at (916) 525-2456.

Michael Hull

 

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Tuesday, December 06 2011

Using Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on Travertine Floors:

From time to time I receive some very good questions from people wanting specific help. Recently I was asked about using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on Travertine floors. Because this product is widely sold and is used on many surface types this is a great question. Before I answer the question let's first discuss what a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is.

A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is Melamine Foam and this foam like material consists of formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer. The foam is manufactured in Germany by BASF under the name "Basotect" with pH level of 8.0 -10.0. It has been used extensively as insulation for pipes and ductwork for over 20 years. It can be used as a sound proofing material for studios, sound stages, and auditoriums.

In the early 21st century it was discovered that melamine foam was an effective abrasive cleaner. When used for cleaning it works like extremely fine sand paper, getting into tiny grooves and pits in the object being cleaned. Rubbing with a slightly moistened foam may remove otherwise "uncleanable" external markings from surfaces such as crayon, magic marker,  grease from painted walls, and grime from hub caps. I have personally used it on glass shower doors with good success.

There are two reasons why I would NOT suggest using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on a Travertine floor, shower, vanity, countertop or any other natural stone. Earlier I mentioned that the pH level of this product is between 8.0 - 10.0 according to the MSDS report. This alkaline cleaner is high enough in pH to eventually break down any sealers or protectants you may have on your travertine floors. Also this is an "ABRASIVE CLEANER". It is designed to work like sand paper - this will eventually scratch your once beautiful travertine floors. Because it is abrasive it would also scratch limestone, granite, marble, etc. A magic eraser has many uses but natural stone is not one of them. I hope this information hase been helpful to you. If you have questions please contact me at paddle@frontiernet.net.

Michael Hull

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Thursday, December 01 2011

SCABIES:

Scabies is a transmittable, parasitic skin infection caused by a mite called sarcoptes sabiel. This eight legged mite, which looks like a spider when placed under a microscope, can be quite contagious with dogs, cats, and humans. Close physical contact and, less often, sharing clothing, towels or bedding with an infected person can spread the mites. Scabies in humans is not the same as what cats and dogs get, which is more commonly called the "mange". Although pet scabies can spread to humans, those types of mites usually die after a few days. Never the less you can be quite miserable waiting on them to die.

Scabies is characterized by intense itching, red bumps or marks caused by the mites which burrow into the skin to lay their eggs, can you say CREEPY! The life expectancy of the average scabie is approximately 21 days. Scabies in humans can be highly contagious and will require medical treatment. If you believe you have scabies you should see your doctor or dermatologist. Scabies is most commonly treated with prescription strength topical medication lotions. If left untreated scabies may lead to bacterial infections and impetigo, which is a highly contagious skin infection.

Since scabies can live in clothing, bedding, and towels, all items should be washed in hot water with detergent and dried in a hot dryer. Your mattress, pillows, upholstery, and carpets should also be professionally cleaned using Hot Water Extraction or what is commonly called Steam Cleaning. The extreme high temperatures will kill the scabies on contact. When you call your cleaning professional make sure they know how to clean the mattress and pillows. A good professional will have the mattress cleaned and dried in about (2) hours. Please note: other cleaning methods such as encapsulation, bonnet cleaning, etc. will not kill and remove the scabies from your home - Hot Water Extraction is the ONLY METHOD.

I hope this cleaning blog has been helpful to you. If you have a question please contact me at paddle@frontiernet.net.

Michael Hull

Liberty Floor Solutions

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