Carpet or Hardwood Floors?
One comment that I hear frequently is: “These carpets look bad. I’d like to put down hardwoods, but it’s not in our budget this year.” CitruSolution can often make your carpet look like new. Compared with spending $4-$6 per square foot for carpet or $8-$10 for quality hardwood flooring, cleaning your carpet is an easy and inexpensive choice.
There are some places where I prefer hardwood floors and others where I want carpet. Bedrooms and bonus rooms (also dens and media rooms) are places our families either spend time on the floor or where we don’t want our bare feet on a cold floor. Carpet is the best option here. Noise reduction is another reason to consider carpeting — stairs and hallways are good candidates. The majority of newer homes have hardwood floors in the common and formal rooms, and carpet in the family rooms and bedrooms. This is what I prefer.
Vacuuming and CitruSolution cleaning increases useful life
An office building owner asked me what kind of carpet I recommended that would last longest in his new building. The most important factor in carpet longevity is maintenance: vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Next, good door mats will remove dirt and contaminants from your shoes. This dirt acts like sandpaper, wearing and damaging floor surfaces–whether carpeted or hardwood. And finally, regular cleaning by CitruSolution of Middle Tennessee. Proper maintenance (vacuuming and regular cleaning) will increase the years of service you get.
What can I do to treat spots and spills?
Spills — blot up as much of the liquid as possible. I think an old towel works best. If you do not have any of our CitruSolution Spot Cleaner that we give you with each cleaning, make a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water. The mild acidity of vinegar will help neutralize the spot, and it dries without leaving a residue. Once dry, the vinegar smell will dissipate quickly. If you use a soap or detergent cleanser, a sticky residue will remain- that attracts dirt. Soap also contains phosphates, which yellow or brown over time. When spots come back after traditional steam or hot water cleaning, it is most often the result of moisture “wicking” dirt up from the carpet pad. Never use bleach or other oxidizers.
The photos below are from a single step on a flight of stairs in a rental home CitruSolution cleans. The left photo is in the traffic area and the right is at the edge of the step. Big difference! The carpet is this home was poorly maintained.
CitruSolution: Cleans Better, Dries Faster, Stays Clean longer, Smells Great