Tile and Grout Cleaning

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Summer is now gone and it is now time to get your Galveston home back into shape for the holiday seasons. With the cooler weather outside, it will feel great indoors to finish up those projects to make your home feel warm and cozy. Doing small renovations such as tile and grout cleaning will help make your home more welcoming to others when they walk in. Flooring is a great feature to be kept looking flawless to help make your home feel warm to others. However, with tile and grout, it seems that you can never get it clean enough to make it feel welcoming to others. Here are a few tips to help you with your tile and grout floors.

Stained and Dirty Tile

Dirty and stained tile can really bring down the comfort and warmth of your entire Galveston home. One of the best ways to get that dirt out of the grout is to have a professional come in and clean them for you. Here is a quick DIY to help keep your tile and grout cleaned for the holiday season.

At Made New Again we understand that people tend to put off cleaning stained tile and grout because it is just too difficult to clean. Grout is known for its little pores that grime and dirt can get stuck into. Thus making it hard to clean out. When you start the cleaning process on your tile floors, you first want to sweep or vacuum away any loose materials. This will help keep dirt from getting ground down any farther into the floors as you begin to mop the floors. Be sure you never use harsh chemicals when cleaning your grout and tile such as bleach. Only use chemicals that have been approved for the job should be allowed.

Why is using a professional beneficial?

Tile and grout can act just like carpet. The small dirt particles that are brought into your home can get trapped inside the pores. Thus, keeping the smell and the dirt locked into your pores. Tile can lock in odors from feet, shoes, drinks, and even food. In a recent study done by the University of Arizona, they discovered there were nine different types of bacteria found in tile and grout floors. Many types of these bacteria could lead to infection to your lungs, stomach, and eyes.

Having a professional come clean your tile and grout floors can be expensive, but we all know this is by far the cheaper route to go instead of having new floors put in. Using a professional clean your floors will also save you a headache and frustration from doing the job on your own. When you notice your grout starting to smell, this could be a good sign to let you know that your tile is due for a professional cleaning.

Here are a few tips from Made New Again to keep your Galveston tile floors looking and smelling fresh after having your cleaning done.

-Don’t smoke inside your home

-Wipe spill up right away on the floor

-Keep trash off of your tile and grout

-Keep your shoes by the front door to reduce dirt from getting ground in

-Clean around toilets with a Hospital Disinfectant like our Snipe Product.

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High Gloss Floor Finish Tips

high gloss wood floor finish galvestonWhen it comes to restoring your wood floors back to their high gloss floor finish in the Galveston area, many professionals will say it takes years of experience to get at that level. The level of difficulty it takes to get the lighting to affect the floor in a beautiful way is key. Each type of wood floors takes in the finish completely different than the last floor. Thus making it a difficult task to perform. Here below are some of the common high gloss finish problems and knowing what to do to help prevent this from happening.

Expectations

Before a professional begins doing your restoration on your wood floor in Galveston, you need to understand the expectations for this product. You may know someone that will call you telling you to come over at just the right time of the day to you can see how the sun hits the particular spot with your head tilted just right to see the issue. You need to understand that a finished floor is not like furniture. The finish that you do on furniture will not perform the same way as what a wood floor finish can do. The reason for this is because we are not walking on our furniture to wear it out and dull down the finish. Therefore, you need to take completely different steps when it comes to wood floor finished.

Before a professional can come in and start work on your wood floor to get them to a high gloss floor finish,  they need to come in and inspect your wood floor. Evaluate how the light is hitting the room so they can take the right steps to get you a high gloss finish. Having glare off of the sun should not be conducted while doing the inspection.

Having Uneven Sheen

An uneven sheen can happen can happen during repairs on an existing floor. Some people will attempt taping off individual areas that need repairs done. Although this can be a standard method when repairs are necessary, it can cause uneven sheen levels to your floor. Most times, the appearance of different sheens can just be an optical illusion to us. Lighting and many other factors in the floor can make light reflect completely different off the finish in your floor.

Applying the Finish

Before you begin applying that beautiful finish coat on your floor, be sure to thoroughly mix the finish properly. Agents like matting can settle at the bottom of the container, and if you do not get these agents, the finish can end up duller than anticipated.  When it comes down to applying the finish to a large area, be sure to mix all your finish together in one batch. Sheen can vary from container to container and it is best to mix it all together to help prevent any uneven finishing. High gloss finishes can vary from manufacturers to another.

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8 Tips for Maintaining Hardwood Floors

professional woodfloor maintenance Hardwood floors are undoubtedly a hot commodity in homes today! Many new homeowners are on the hunt for a home with the perfect mix of hardwood and tile floors. Likewise, many current homeowners are taking a close look at their renovation budget to see if they can make the investment in hardwood.

Once the investment is made, and the beautiful hardwood floors of your choosing are installed, then what? Caring for them can be overwhelming thanks to the bounty of chemicals, cleaners, and tools filling home improvement store shelves. However, trusting claims on a label can be an expensive mistake.

Here are some basic do’s and don’ts of wood floor cleaning from the World Floor Covering Association and other floor care resources:

Do…

… use cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue.

… use a light cloth to rub out occasional scuffs and heel marks.

… use a lightly damp towel or sponge to wipe away sticky spots.

… use as little moisture as possible to clean the floors.

… clean up spills immediately.

… hire a professional company to safely clean and maintain your floors regularly.

Do not…

use wax with a urethane finish.

… use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps. Ammonia cleaners will dull the finish on your hardwood (and granite) almost on contact. Plus, oils will make surface recoating down the road more difficult.

… use excessive amounts of water (like a mop or sopping wet sponge) to clean the floor. Just as you shouldn’t leave a puddle on your antique wood dining room table, you shouldn’t leave water on the floor either. The excessive water can get caught in the cracks in the floor, or be absorbed into the wood, causing it to warp, crack, and lost its integrity.

If you have pets, it is a good idea to think about putting down a few area rugs in areas where they gather … such as under their food and water bowls, and perhaps by doggie doors or their beds. If a pet has an accident or their water bowl spills, just wipe it up quickly then clean it with a  damp cloth before it can seep into the wood.

Professional floor care companies have technicians who are well trained in using the right products and equipment to clean various surfaces – including hardwood. A good professional cleaning isn’t just going to shine up the surface of the wood; the intensive cleaning actually removes dirt and grime that has become embedded in the floor. The longer those contaminants are left in the floor, the more damage they can do over time. Plus, there are tools to reach even the most hidden corners and spaces.

Plus, if your floors are looking a little dull, it might be possible to get that like-new shine back without total refinishing.

Keeping your hardwood floors clean is easy if you adopt a regular cleaning routine. You can expect to need to dust them often and wipe away spills quickly. Beyond routine cleanings, it is wise to hire a professional cleaning service, like Made New Again, to help keep your floors in tip-top shape as long as possible!

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Be Honest – How Clean is Your Shower?

DSC04858We are pretty sure there is no such thing as enjoying cleaning the shower or bathtub. However, neglecting the job can have pretty gross consequences. When these areas aren’t cleaned regularly and properly, it’s only a matter of time before they are stained, dingy, and look like they need to be replaced. If this were a world like The Jetsons, we could just push a button and voila, a new shower.  Alas, that is not the case – and full replacement can into the thousands of dollars by the time you pay for a replacement tub or shower and all the labor and materials needed to get it installed.

Now the good news – there is another option that will leave your shower or tub looking just as sparkly clean as that brand new shower liner sitting on the store shelf.  And, the cleaning and grout sealing can be done in much less time than a full remodel would require.

Your Shower’s Current State

Here in Galveston and Houston, we live in such a hot, humid climate that mold can grow quite easily where moisture is present, and showers are no exception. Do you see orange-brown spots in the grout? That is likely mildew. If you see black spots, that could be black mold. Sometimes, products off the store shelves don’t have the mold killing power that a professional cleaning company can access. It’s also worth mentioning that some of the cleaning products found readily available contain harsh chemicals that really aren’t safe for regular use and can damage your shower.

The longer the mold goes untouched, the more embedded it can become within the grout. It’s probably not surprising that grout cleaning and resealing is less expensive than full grout replacement, but both are much cheaper options than full shower replacement.

Showers and tubs not thoroughly cleaned regularly may also have mold and bacteria present and be generally unsanitary. If you take a shower, then step out onto the bathroom floor, that bacteria is being spread.

Unleashing Your Shower Potential

Okay, so that sounds a little cheesy – but really, what feels better at the end of a hot Texas summer day than hopping into a nice, refreshing, and clean shower?!

As if the thought of clean isn’t enough, here are some other reasons to invest in professional shower restoration by Made New Again:

  • It reduces future mold and mildew growth
  • Cut future cleaning times and required effort significantly
  • Repel and help prevent stains in the tile, stone, and grout
  • Lengthen the life of your shower, grout and tile by having it properly maintained

Made New Again, has 12+ years of experience doing shower restoration and use effective and reliable cleaning products to get the job done. These products, combined with our professional tile and grout cleaning equipment, can reach deep into the pores of the grout, and release set-in debris. Save yourself money in the long run by having your shower routinely cared for by Made New Again.

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The Benefits of a Commercial Wood Floor Cleaning

commercial wood floor cleaningWe’ve all heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but we usually do. Why? Because we think that the quality of the cover reflects the quality of the book. We might even choose to put the book back on the shelf because of its less-than-attractive cover. Businesses are the same way. Even though the business may offer exceptional services, some customers may opt to forego business with the company because of its poor appearance. Most likely you have even refused to do business with a company because of its exterior! Now consider your own business or workplace. Would you trust it based on its cleanliness? If your business is being unfairly judged, here are a few benefits of a professional wood floor cleaning in Galveston that will satisfy your customer’s judgment.

Why Choose a Professional?

A professional service goes above and beyond the job of an employee with a mop. Intensive cleaning procedures are tested and known to remove dirt, oil, dust, hair, and other contaminants. A typical once-over with a broom and mop only addresses surface problems. Professional floor cleanings reach deep into the floorboards to revitalize them. The option is also available to apply a protective coating that will give your wood floors an attractive sheen.

\Wood floors can truly last for decades if properly maintained. However, the “if” is usually neglected. In order to have magnificent, attractive wood flooring, professional cleanings are in order. By removing dirt, grease, and other unwanted buildup, you can ensure that these substances won’t cause a speedy degradation of your flooring.

Unfortunately, not every business can undergo a complete face-lift. Remodeling companies can charge you at least an arm and a leg, and as a business owner looking to break even, a remodel just isn’t possible. But whether your business has an extravagant design or a simple one, cleanliness is always the trump card. Cleanliness is one aspect of the business that you have complete control over. In order to attract more customers, consider a professional wood floor cleaning by Made New Again in Galveston.

Employee Productivity

If you ask one hundred people if they would be happier in a clean, fresh-smelling environment or a dirty, dingy building, chances are favorable that most people would select the former. Not only do customers judge the appearance of your business, so do employees. In fact, cleanliness can make or break staff productivity. A growing number of studies show us that feelings of morale and effectiveness are enhanced by a clean office environment. Even unseen dirt and debris can affect employees. Be sure to keep your office or workplace in top condition to maximize customer retention and employee effectiveness.

Hiring a professional wood floor cleaning service in Galveston is a sure way to give your business a new persona that welcomes customers instead of dissuades them from conducting business with you. Our deep cleaning services will enhance your business and keep it looking up-to-date and well-cared for. Give us a call today for more information!

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