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Tuesday, May 29 2012

Removing Grime From Tile & Grout Lines:

Here at Liberty Floor Solutions we get calls every week for Tile & Grout Cleaning, Natural Stone Cleaning, Tile Shower Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, and Upholstery Cleaning. But the voice with the most frustration always seems to be the person whose is frustrated with their tile & grout cleaning. When I meet these people in person they usually have an assortment of cleaners, mops, and scrubbers showing me what they have tried with little or no success. I often here stories of clients who spent the better part of day on their hands and knees trying to clean their tile & grout lines with little to show for their hard work accept a sore back and achey knees.

As the only "factory trained", "factory certified" tile & grout cleaning specialist in the Sacramento Valley Region we have learned a thing or two when it comes to cleaning tile & grout lines. I would like to share (5) things that may help you the next time you want to clean your own tile & grout lines:

(1). TEST. People often go to Lowe's, Home Depot, or Ace Hardware and buy a large bottle of this "great cleaning solution", a mop, maybe a dry mop, and sealer only to find that the products they purchased did not work for them. Before purchasing  a large quantity of any product ask for a FREE sample, or a trial size, and test it on your floor in a small area to see if it really works. Not all tile floors are the same and so the solution that you seek may not be the one with the "Memorial Day Sale" tag on it. Becareful to read the labels and follow the directions. If you applied an acid cleaner on to a natural stone floor like travertine it will etch the stone costing you hundreds, or maybe thousands, in repairs. Reading the label is like asking directions for some men, so ladies you may need to take the lead on this one.

(2). TIME. Chemicals usually take time to work. If you read the label on the bottle it will usually tell you how long you should let the chemical dwell on the tile & grout lines before removing. The number one ingredient in most cleaning solutions is WATER. Typically 80% or more of the cleaning solution is plain old water. I have discovered that I need to give my cleaning solutions about 5-10 more minutes to dwell on the floor then what is recommend by the chemical manufacture. If you are testing a small area this is much easier to control and work with than trying to clean the whole floor at once.

(3). AGITATION. Even though we have the latest technology when it comes to cleaning & sealing tile & grout lines we still have to agitate, this is a fancy word for scrub, the floor using a nylon brush. The brush hairs can reach into the pours of the grout lines and bring the dirt, grease, and grime to the surface for removal. The odds are you will need to scrub your grout lines too if you want them clean. The odds are also good you will need a variety of shapes and sizes to get all of the areas.

(4). HEAT. Check the label of your cleaning solution and see if you can add HOT WATER to your cleaning solution. If the label does not have any information then go to the manufactures website and ask. Typically hot water can increase the molecular excitability by 100%. This means the chemicals work faster and better. Use heat when applying the chemical and when rinsing.

(5). EXTRACTION. You will need a method to extract the slurry from the floor. Slurry is the technical term for the combination of dirt, grease, grime, cleaning solution, and rinsing water. You may need additional towels, micro fiber mops, or a Wet Vac of some kind. Taking your time on this step can not be over emphasized, you want to make sure you pay close attention to properly rinsing the floor. You may want to rinse the floor twice just to make sure.

If this all seems to be a  much then you should probably consider giving me a call. If you have questions about this blog please give me a call at (916) 525-2456 or email me at paddle@frontiernet.net.

Michael Hull

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Thursday, May 17 2012

Good Neighbor Discount:

This Spring we are proud to announce our "Good Neighbor Discount" Program. Simply refer a neighbor, friend, co-worker, or relative and you will each receive 10% OFF your cleaning service(s). Pick and choose your individual cleaning needs and times and you and your "Good Neighbor" will receive the same 10% discount. No coupons to clip, no membership to sign up for, no hassles, and of course No High Pressure Sales Tactics. Just great cleaning! The only thing we ask is that both cleanings be completed within (14) days of the written estimate.

Please note that our "Good Neighbor Discount" does NOT replace our Referral Rewards Program. If you refer someone to us and they choose to use our services we will reward you with a Referral Rewards Certificate good for 10% of their cleaning invoice. For example, assume that your co-worker hires us to clean and seal their entire ceramic tile floor and the invoice is $700.00 (this is a big floor) you would receive a certificate from us for 10% or $70.00. This certificate can be used for cleaning services or you can mail it back to us and we will send you check in the amount of $70.00. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY ANYTHING FROM US TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR REFERRAL REWARDS PROGRAM.

Are you and your good neighbor ready for some Spring Cleaning? Give us a call TODAY and Save! (916) 525-2456.

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Friday, May 11 2012

Sacramento Allergy Season 2012:

If you are an allergy sufferer you know that the Sacramento Allergy Season is in full force. Every Spring I suffer with you with red itchy eyes, nasal congestion, post nasal drip, and asthma. When the grass is tall and green, the trees & flowers in full bloom I want to leave the State until June when things finally calm down. Because many people are allergy sufferers in the Sacramento region I get a lot of questions about allergy relief.

I am NOT a doctor but I would like to pass along some helpful hints to lessen your suffering. These help me with my allergy symptons and hopefully they will help you too:

1). Clean up your yard. If you are allergic to grasses and pollen them cut your grass, trim your trees and shrubs, and remove those weeds;

2). Vacuum your home thoroughly using a Hep filtration vacuum. I won't spend a lot of time with this one because it is mentioned in detail on my other allergy blogs;

3). Have your mattress and pillows professionally cleaned. Dust mites and dust mite feces thrive in your mattress and pillows. With proper cleaning you can extract better than 95% of the mites and their feces;

4). Clean your carpets and upholstery. Carpeting acts like a magnet for dirt and it needs to be cleaned at least once per year;

5). Replace the return air filter in your home. These should be changed about every 90 days any ways during allergy season you should clean or replace every month;

6). Groom your indoor pets. Pets that live indoors can bring fleas and ticks with them into your home. We groom our dog, give him a flea & tick bath, and then treat him with Frontline. This has been very effective for us.

Do you have any helpful tips to share with us? Please email me back with your tips and I will make sure to share with them with everyone else.

Until Next Time,

Michael Hull

 

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