Protect your floors this winter

Protect Your Floors this Winter

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Protect Your Floors During the Winter with These 5 Tips

Our carpets and floors take an extra beating during the winter months. Rain, mud, and even the occasional snow-melt is tracked into your home and mashed into your carpets and smeared onto your hardwood floors on a regular basis.

Keeping your floors clean and in good shape becomes a top priority as feet, paws, and little hands zigzag across them multiple times a day. Keep your floors in top condition this winter by following these floor-saving tips.


  1. Lay Down Extra Rugs and Mats

Moisture, dirt, and hardwood floors are all old enemies as they bring the promise of water damage and scratches.

A good step you can take to protect your hardwood floors is a preventative one. Putting down extra rugs and mats in high traffic areas, such as near the door and in hallways, will help you prevent the common damage that comes with winter. The mats and rugs will trap the moisture and dirt brought in by winter shoes and prevent it from settling onto your beautiful hardwood floors.


  1. Sweep More Often

While extra rugs may help keep the winter elements away from your floorsSweep often to protect your floors during the winter months and carpets, sometimes a bit of the outdoors still makes it into the rest of your home. To prevent scratches and stains, sweeping and vacuuming your floors often is a good way to prevent damage to your home. Make sure you clean up any water puddles found in your home immediately as well. The longer water sits on your carpet or hardwood floor, the more damage it can do.

A good way to make sure your floors are cleaned on a regular basis is to hire a professional cleaning service for the winter months. A cleaning service will ensure your floors are swept and vacuumed on a regular basis with a set schedule to prevent dirt and debris build-up.


  1. Have the Right Cleaner

The extra messes in your home that comes with winter sometimes call for specialized cleaners and equipment. If you use salt anywhere near your home to melt through ice or snow then it can get tracked back into your home and onto your wood floors. Keeping cleaner and equipment that can neutralize and remove all traces of salt inside your home is important as salt can cause damage by breaking down the floor’s finish. Salt is notorious for damaging wood floors, so having proper cleaning equipment is extremely important to keep them in good shape. If you don’t have the proper equipment or time to clean, professional cleaners are skilled in maintaining hardwood floors during the winter months.

Having a good carpet cleaner for any mud or spilled hot cocoa is another must during the winter. Keep carpet cleaner in your supply of cleaners during winter to help maintain your carpet’s appearance in between deep cleanings.


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We spend a lot of time indoors during the cold and wet months. Bacteria, dirt, and dander buildup becomes a bigger problem in the winter than it does in the spring or fall. To maintain your carpet’s appearance and your health, having them deep cleaned is a good idea.

A carpet shampooing can help remove most allergens, mold, and bacteria from your carpets that builds up when you spend time indoors.


  1. Polish Your Floors

At the end of the season, after you take the extra time to maintain your floors, you may still find your floors have some scuffs and scratches. Don’t fret too much about those minor marks. A good, professional floor polishing from your local cleaning company can easily remove shallow scratches and annoying scuffs.

By taking some preventative steps and performing some extra maintenance during winter, your floors can stay looking as good as new. If you would like help maintaining your carpets and floors during the coldest months of the year, call D’s Cleaning Service. With services that include general cleaning, carpet shampooing, and floor polishing, D’s Cleaning Service can help you protect your floors all winter long.

Kiss Holiday Stains Goodbye

Kiss Those Holiday Stains Goodbye

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Remove the Holiday Stains from Your Home with Ease

After two long months, the holidays have finally come to an end. You’ve said goodbye to your guests, stowed away your decorations, and moved your Christmas tree to the curb – what else could there be to handle? Unfortunately, while you may have picked up the holidays for the year, the stains the season has left behind could still be causing a problem.

Anything from increased foot-traffic to dropped food and spilled drinks may have left your home’s carpet and upholstery in a less than tidy state. The holidays can leave behind some of the toughest stains to face, but with these simple steps, you can banish them until next season.


Oh – Christmas TreeChristmas's tree sap causes holiday stains

Your once beautiful spruce may be kicked to the curb, but its sap is the gift that keeps on giving. Even once your tree is gone, the sap that remains can put your home’s carpet in a sticky situation.

In order to remove tree sap effectively, it is best to first allow the sap to dry. Once the sap is dry, you can manually pick the material out of your carpet’s fibers. Once the solid sap is removed, you can remove the remaining stain and residue. The remaining residue can be easily treated by blotting the stain with warm water and dish-washing fluid until the stain is removed.


The Gravy Train has no Breaks

Gravy is the perfect sidekick to all our holiday favorites from the juicy turkey to the creamy mashed potatoes. However, gravy is not the best companion for your home’s carpeting. One holiday dinner can turn your home into a huge gravy-covered mess.

It is best to handle a gravy stain when it is fresh, and your first step should be to scrape off excess gravy from the stain’s surface. Once the excess gravy has been removed, sprinkle the stain with either cornstarch or baking soda and let it sit for about 15 minutes or until it absorbs the grease.

Once the time has passed, vacuum the baking soda or cornstarch up. Once vacuumed, with a clean cloth, dab the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent of your choice and blot the stain until the solvent is absorbed. You may repeat this until the stain is removed.

Clink, ClinkRed wine spills are problematic holiday stains

Whether it is accompanying a Christmas feast or a New Year’s toast, a glass of wine is bound to have made an appearance in your home this holiday season. Spilled drinks are inevitable but can become a big issue when the drink spilled is a glass of red wine.

Attend to a wine stain as soon as possible by first blotting the spilled wine with a clean cloth to remove any excess liquid. By doing this, you will keep the stain from spreading further and soaking deeper into your carpet. After blotting, combine vinegar, warm water, and dishwashing fluid to create a wine-removing solvent. Blot the stain again with this mixture until the stain is removed.

Happy Guests, Muddy Shoes

Your holiday guests may be gone for another year, but sometimes they leave behind a lasting gift – muddy shoe-prints. The holidays bring increased foot-traffic to your home, and this increased foot-traffic brings both mud and debris to your carpet.

When you find mud on your carpet, begin cleaning by scraping off dried mud and vacuuming the excess. Afterwards, apply a dry-cleaning solvent and blot the stain until it is removed. If this doesn’t fully remove the stain, you can apply hydrogen peroxide to the stained area as well. Let the peroxide sit for an hour before returning and blotting the stain until it is removed.

With the holidays coming to a close, you can finally banish the stains your carpet accumulated this season. If the holidays have worn you out and the stains seem overwhelming, a professional cleaning company may be the solution for you. With years of training and high-grade cleaning tools, D’s Cleaning Service can take the hassle out of the post-holiday clean-up.