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Ugly Carpet Stains? Try These Cleaning Tips for Food Stains

carpet stain‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry! The holidays are a prime time for holiday parties and family get-togethers. When you combine a lot of people with a lot of food, a lot of spills and stains can happen.

NEW Solid Surface Cleaning can be your after-party ally.

An ugly stain can ruin a perfectly beautiful carpet, tile, or stone floor. We’ve seen some doozies! You could spend a small fortune to replace the flooring, or you could call us to remove the stain. Our stain removal techniques extend the life of your carpet or flooring and save you money in the long run. Here are the Dos and Don’ts for cleaning up food and drink spills.

Don’t:

Use over-the-counter cleaners, soap or detergents. These stain removers typically aren’t strong enough to remove the stain, and they might set the stain or cause permanent discoloring.

Do:

Blot or dab the spill using a white rag or paper towel. Avoid using a colored rag, because its color may transfer to the surface you’re trying to clean.

Do:

Use the 8-ounce bottle of spot remover we left behind after cleaning your carpet, tile, or vinyl floors. The spot remover is safe for any cleanable surface.

Do:

Call us and tell us what happened. We’ll work with you to determine the best option for stain treatment and removal.

Cleaning solutions for carpet stains

At NEW Solid Surface Cleaning, we know what cleaning solutions to use to remove the stain without discoloring the flooring. Depending on the type of spill, we use an oxidizer or a reducer, whichever is right for the job. Oftentimes, a stain requires a very thorough flushing. We have the water and equipment necessary to flush the carpet, vinyl, and tile floors. We also have techniques to dry floors quickly and safely. You’ll be able to walk on the floor again in no time.

So, enjoy the food, family, and fun of the holiday season. Don’t worry about spills and stains, because NEW Solid Surface Cleaning is your after-party ally.

Easy way to clean your stone, tile, and grout

how to clean floor tile, stone, groutWouldn’t you love to wave a magic wand to clean your tile floors?

We may not be magicians, but we have the professional tools that will leave your tile floors bright and shiny. Tile and grout cleaning is one of the professional services we offer customers in Northeast Wisconsin. We’ll leave your floors sparkling. Before we walk out your door, we’ll give you some cleaning tips so you can maintain that sparkle on your own.

Here is our recommendation for cleaning manmade ceramic or porcelain tile and natural stone flooring such as travertine, slate, marble, granite, or limestone. (You would clean the floor the same way, whether it’s manmade tile or natural stone.)

  • Sweep the floor to remove any loose dirt or debris
  • Wash the floor with a no-rinse cleaner, also known as a neutral pH cleaner
  • A vinegar/water mixture is a natural alternative that works well also. Add a few ounces of vinegar to a quart of warm water, and start mopping
  • A steam mop works well, as well as micro-fiber mops
  • Avoid multi-surface cleaners like Top Job, Pine-Sol or Mr. Clean because they can leave a soapy residue in the grout line that’s a magnet for dirt. If you do use these detergents, be sure to rinse the floor thoroughly after cleaning.

Keeping the grout lines clean and stain free can be tricky. Grout is concrete, and it’s very porous. It absorbs dirt, mold, mildew, and bacteria and can erode over time. To keep the grout line clean and to prolong its life, we recommend sealing it. Sealing protects the grout line for 5-6 years. Flooring installers typically don’t return after the grout has cured to seal it, so it’s one of the professional cleaning services we offer.

How often you clean your tile or stone floor depends on your lifestyle. Homes with kids and pets or businesses with high traffic areas require more frequent cleaning.

We recommend contacting us to schedule floor cleaning every year or every other year. When the floor loses its shine, it’s time to give us a call to schedule a professional cleaning.

We’ll perform the magic that leave your floors sparkling. Call Randy at 920-604-3773 to schedule your appointment.