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After professional cleaning your home looks beautiful! All the dirty spots that have been bothering you for the past 2 months are now away. So the question, is how do you keep them that way?

Here are a few tips you can use year round to prolong the life and beauty of your flooring, fabric and furnishings investment and help keep your home looking as fresh and clean as the day we professionally cleaned it.

Tips To Clean Ceramic Tile and Grout

1. Buy a good quality dust mop and sweep your hard surface floors every day.
2. Dirt, mud, grit and sand can get ground into the tile and grout from heavy foot traffic. This abrasion will cause damage.
3. Do protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or areas rugs. Dirt collecting carpet mats should be placed in frequently used entrances and shaken out weekly. Be sure the underside of the mat has a non slip surface. It is recommended that they are taken up and floors cleaned under them every month.
4. We do not recommend the use of floor waxes as they can be difficult to remove from ceramic tile floors. As long as your floor is properly sealed and maintained, you should find no need for these products.
5. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.
6. Many tile cleaners are acid based and their use should be limited. Always read the manufacturer’s directions. All acids, no matter how weak, will etch marble surfaces or damage the tile’s glaze or polish. Don't use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, and travertine or onyx surfaces. In addition,
avoid any cleaner that contains harsh abrasives.
7. Spot removal procedures should be expedited as soon as accidents occur.
8. After performing a wet maintenance, open windows or utilize fans to get air circulating. The faster it dries the better the results and less chance for rapid re-soiling.
9. Chairs and tables in hard surface areas could cause serious damage to floors if legs and corners are not protected. Teflon or felt can be used to prevent abrasive damage caused by the furniture.
10. When snow and ice are present, be sure to leave shoes that may have salt or liquid deicer on them at the door. Chemicals used in these products cause rapid and irreversible damage.
11. Dry sand on hard surfaces should be removed as soon as noticed. Wear patterns and scratches will dull your floor and reduce enhancement efforts.
12. Clean and rinse your hard surfaces often, at least weekly in high traffic or kitchen areas. Rinse with plain water unless using a recommended cleaner / protector product.
13. Seal the grout to increase its longevity after new installation of grout or  professional cleaning. Applying a sealer will help fill the pore structure and help keep the grout from absorbing stains and foreign materials.

Tips To Make Your Wooden Floor Nice and Clean

1. Dirt, dust and grit can also damage your hardwood floor. Tracking dirt, dust, and grit can dull its finish and cause scratches that can only be repaired by refinishing the floor. Regular dust mopping or vacuuming at least twice a week is an essential part of hardwood floor care. Invest in a good broom that features exploded tips to trap dust
and dirt, not simply spread it around. Dust mops can also be helpful in keeping dirt, dust, and grit under control.
2. Vacuum frequently, using a canister vacuum with special hardwood floor attachments. Don’t use an upright vacuum with beater bars. They can cause dents in your floor's finish.
3. Use a damp wet mop to clean your wood floor. Do NOT flood your floor with water. High moisture content can damage your floors.
4. Maintain a relative humidity of 40% to 55% in your home.
-In the summer, when there is high moisture content, this may require the use of air conditioning or a dehumidifier. Excess moisture content could cause permanent damage in the form of ridges, cupping or buckling.
-In the winter, when there is low moisture content this may require the use of a humidifier. Dry air can expose cracks and high edges.
5. Wipe up any spills immediately with a soft, dry cloth, starting at the edges of the spill and working your way toward the centre.
6. Place glides made of felt or some other fabric under the legs of furniture to prevent scratches. Clean the glides regularly to ensure that dust and grit do not become imbedded. Use barrel-type casters instead of ball casters to prevent dents. Use non-marking rubber casters instead of plastic or metal.
7. Lift furniture when moving it to avoid scratches in the floor's surface.
8. Use doormats at the entrances of your home to help trap dirt and grit. Clean them regularly.
9. Don’t use throw rugs with rubber or vinyl backing without checking to determine if they will affect your floor's finish. Some materials in the backing can react with certain floor finishes, discolouring or causing the finish to become dull.
10. Move your area carpets or throw rugs occasionally to maintain a uniform appearance in the floor's finish.
11. Make sure there are no exposed nails or metal heel supports on shoes that could scratch or dent the floor. Check shoes with soles that have deep treads to ensure that any trapped dirt or gravel won't scratch or dent the floor. Be aware that high heels can dent a hardwood floor.
12. Do not wax or polish your wood floor. Urethane finishes require little maintenance. Waxes and polishes will actually make the floor harder to clean and cause problems for future recoats.
13. Protect your floors by using sheer drapes, curtains, or blinds to limit sunlight. The ultraviolet radiation in sunlight can cause discoloration over time.

Tips To Make Your Carpet Soft and Clean

1. Vacuum is essential thing. As a general rule vacuum traffic areas 2 to 4 times per week. This will prevent dirt from settling into the carpet. Walking on dirt and grit that has settled to the base of the fibres causes an abrasive action, which results in the appearance of traffic lanes and worn areas.
2. Clean up spills immediately, before they become permanent stains. You may also call us at 0451 05 8000 or make a free quote and we will give you assistance on how to properly remove the spill.
3. Have your carpet professionally cleaned by Cleaning Housekeeping on a regular basis. Carpet Manufacturers recommend professional cleaning at least every 5-17 months depending on the amount of “traffic” in the house. (i.e. kids, pets, shoes, etc.) Clean high traffic areas about twice as often as other areas.
4. Reapply Carpet Protector each time the carpet is cleaned to keep stains from setting in and the soil from grinding in.
5. Place walk off mats or bound remnants on top of the carpet at high wear areas, such as in front of the sofa or chairs and entry/exit points from your home to absorb soil and moisture. Clean mats on a regular basis so they don't become sources of soil themselves. Be sure to check area rugs for colourfastness before placing them on carpet because the colour in some rugs may bleed through or rubber back rugs can discolour the carpet below.
6. Place smooth plastic chair mats to help prevent carpet delamination and excessive wear.
7. Rearrange furniture to change the flow of traffic through a room.
8. Prevent contact with household chemicals that can permanently discolour your carpet such as bleach, toilet bowl cleaner, acme medicine, plant fertilizer, pesticides & swimming pool chemicals.
9. Remove your shoes when you enter your home.
10. Control the circulation and disposal of food and drink through the home.
11. Reduce periods of direct sunlight to prevent colour fading. Use blinds and shades or window tinting.
12. Use a powerful upright vacuum with a beater brush and excellent filtration system for carpets. Be sure to change the disposable bag often to ensure efficient operation.
13. Take your vacuum in for a check up at the vacuum repair shop annually to keep it operating at peak performance.
14. Have your air ducts cleaned and also clean or change your furnace filter to keep your indoor air clean.

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