Austin and it’s surrounding counties have enjoyed quite a bit of rain lately. To top it off the weather has stayed pretty cold when the rain was falling. So it is quite hard to ask our guests to immediately remove there shoes when entering our homes, when all the want to do is escape the cold. So most of our wood floors have suffered lately. When it comes to cleaning wood floors everyone thinks lets make it shine again. However when was the last time you saw a shiny tree? If you have wood floors with a shiny coat on them that is most likely because of what the manufacturer has added to the floors or your installers themselves. I can guarantee that most professional wood installers do not recommend using any wood cleaner with an added shine to it. Any cleaner that adds an added shine is really not cleaning at all. It is however adding a temporary shine to your floors which in the long run will be extremely costly and hard to remove. It is like adding a new clear coat of nail polish to your nails every time and not removing the last coat of clear polish. Basic buildup of polish with added dirt is not cleaning.
The longevity of your wood flooring will depend on your cleaning methods and the quality of the wood. We suggest reading the manufacturer guidelines for the woods specific cleaning instructions.
There are three simple steps in maintaing your wood floors.1. Understand the type of wood that is installed in your home.2. Vacuum your floors with a soft hair vacuum extension to remove the smallest particles of dust and debris that can settle into the grooves of the wood. If not removed on a regular basis these particles can act as sandpaper and harden in time causing more damage.3. Use a damp, not wet, microfiber cleaning mop head. If floors are left wet for more than 60 seconds they can buckle and warp over time.
We have used the power of steam on wood floors to remove some of the toughest grime. It dries in less than 15 seconds and cleans and disinfects better than any chemicals.
While you are busy packing for your upcoming holiday trip think twice before checking into your local airport or updating your status on your favorite social media site.Thieves not only look for piled up newspapers as a sign of vacation, they view your comings and goings online as well.
So with all the excitement of the holiday season stay alert and keep your home and it’s valuables safe by not letting the thieves know you are on vacation. Post pictures upon your return.
Set automatic timers on lamps inside your home.
Stop the newspaper service while you are gone.
Ask a neighbor or two to be on the lookout for your home and any suspicious activity.
Make sure your trash cans are not left on the curb for days.
Most of all just be aware and also make your children aware that posting your personal whereabouts on Facebook or any other social media sites not only let our friends know where we are but also strangers.Santa isn’t the only one watching.
So you are getting the formal dining table ready for the Christmas guests and you notice your Thanksgiving guests forgot to use a coaster on your wood table. Here’s a few quick tricks to get those stains out.
Before going to the extreme of using sandpaper or fine steel wool to buff it out try these Eco Friendly home remedies.
Sometimes the answer to the remedy is not found at your local hardware store but in your refrigerator.
Spray vegetable cooking spray on the white marks and let it set for a few minutes. Rub the excess off with a paper towel In about 6 hours it should be gone!
Toothpaste is also know to do the trick on water mark stain removal. Apply a small amount of toothpaste (not the gel kind) by using a damp clean cotton cloth. Rub the toothpaste into the water stain and polish the wood. A paste of baking soda and water has worked as well. Gently rub paste into the stain and leave on for about 30 – 40 minutes. Remove the paste with a clean dry cloth then polish with an Eco friendly wood polish
Apply a coat of mayonnaise over the stain and let sit over night. The next morning, wipe off with a clean, dry cloth and polish with an Eco friendly wood polish.
Some people swear over mayonnaise and cigar or cigarette ashes mixture. Rub it into the mark and it should buff off with polishing.
I know these remedies sound outright crazy but it is better than taking a sander out and sanding the whole finish off your table.
The holidays are upon us and our guest rooms and bathrooms are finally getting used as they should, however are you the kind of guest that will be welcomed back?
When most of us host our friends and family in our homes we typically go out of our ways to make sure the linens are fresh, rooms cleaned to perfection, bathrooms stocked with appropriate guest supplies and the fridge ready for guests late night cravings. However some house guests may not have been taught the “House Guest Etiquette Rules” so feel free to share this posting.There will never be a time that the host will ask you to clean after yourself however it is the courteous thing to do!
Keep these rules in mind when staying with friends and family.
Just remember when you arrive your host is going to say to “Make yourself at home” but don’t take that literally because you may not keep your home as others do. Just be mindful that they have graciously opened up their homes to you so return the favor by showing gratitude and don’t be a rude sloppy house guest!
Keeping Austin and it’s surrounding counties clean the Eco Friendly way one home at a time.
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