Show Notes: Caring for Hardwood Floors, Carpets and More
Did you know clean carpet, hardwood and area rugs will last longer if they are clean? Before you close your home up for the winter get your floors clean and shiny with our floor care tips.
Hardwood Floor Care 101
To keep you floors looking great set up a regular cleaning routine:
Sweep up dirt daily, and wipe up spills immediately. Sweeping or dust mopping your floors regularly will keep dirt from building up and causing scratches. If you prefer to use a broom make sure it does not have hard bristles that will scratch the floor. If you vacuum, use a bare-floor attachment with a brush or felt-type head
Clean your floors weekly using a product approved by your hardwood floor manufacturer. Be sure to follow their care instructions.
Here are the absolute NO-NO’s when cleaning your hardwood floors:
Never use a steam cleaner on hardwood; it can warp the floorboards.
Water: Never clean your hardwood floors with water. Water and wood don’t mix, because moisture can damage wood over time.
Silicone, ammonia or undiluted vinegar: These cleaners can damage the floor’s finish.
Products that contain oil soaps, liquid or paste wax: These cleaners leave a residue on hardwood.
Products that contain citrus, lemon or tung oil: These products can eat away at the floor’s finish.
The Best Pumpkin Preservation Trick
Soaking the jack o’lantern in a diluted solution of Wet & Forget Outdoor, and then Spraying it every few days with Wet & Forget Indoor Mold + Mildew Disinfectant Cleaner.
Keep Those Carpets Clean
Here are the basics:
Every good housekeeper knows carpets need to be vacuumed once a week and more often in areas of heavy traffic. Clean carpets will last longer. Don’t forget the edges and under furniture.
One quick swipe with the vacuum is not enough. Go over each section of carpeting several times and slowly to allow the vacuum to remove all the ground-in dust and dirt.
Vacuum walk areas with a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes.
Change vacuum bags before they are full and add some baking soda to the bag to fight odors.
Pumpkin Pulp Will Scare Your Disposal To Death
Put your pumpkin pulp into the trash to spare your disposal (and other plumbing pipes) a horrible death.
In a press release, Roto-Rooter warns home owners about the dangers of pumpkin pulp, saying its plumbers “remove gobs of it from clogged drains” during the Halloween season. “Plumbers know that frantic home owners will soon be complaining about pulp-clogged garbage disposals and stopped-up kitchen sink drains leading up to Halloween,” says Larry Rothman, Roto-Rooter’s plumbing director. “It’s stringy and sticky, and when it dries and hardens it’ll choke off drainpipes and garbage disposals, creating all sorts of havoc.”
Evidently, people flush pumpkin guts down the toilet, too, Rothman says, leading me to wonder if parents somewhere are trying to multi-task by combining bath time and pumpkin carving.
“The toilet is not a better option,” he says. “It just means the clog forms a little further down the pipe.”
How to Clean an Area Rug
Area rug care is different for rug size, construction, and yarn material. Be sure to read the carpet care instructions if they are attached to the rug for the best cleaning results.
Large rugs should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt. Dirty rugs can wear out prematurely. Take care to not vacuum the fringe of your rug.
If your vacuum leaves pet hair, use a stiff brush to remove the hair, brushing in the direction of the nap of the rug.
Walk patterns and sunlight can wear on area rugs. Be sure to turn them once or twice a year to even out the wear.
Small rugs deserve at good weekly shaking. Take it outside and shake it or beat it vigorously to remove dirt and grit. Depending on the material, you may want to launder it regularly.