Monthly Archives: August 2011

Keeping Hardwood Floors Clean

Hardwood floors are such a good idea. Carpets can hold dust and mites. This is even more important if someone in the house has respiratory issues. But they are not without a downside. Hardwood floors can look dirty if not cleaned properly. The natural oil on our skin leaves visible figure prints that can be seen across the room (and maybe by your neighbors).

But do not fear. You have options for keeping everything clean. All of the major home cleaning supply makers have developed products to help  stainless steel clean. But you have some great DIY options.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t wax a wood floor with a urethane finish

Do use cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue

Don’t use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor — they’ll dull the finish and affect your ability to recoat later.

Do use a professional hardwood floor cleaner to remove occasional scuffs and heel marks (just spray some cleaner on a cloth and rub the stained area lightly)

Don’t wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor (wood naturally expands when it’s wet and can cause your floor to crack or splinter).

Do clean sticky spots with a damp towel or sponge

Do minimize water exposure and clean spills immediately

Until Next Time,

Mike,

Chicago Kitchen Remodeling

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Keeping Stainless Steel Clean

Stainless Steel Appliances seems like such a good idea. Their design is a stark change old painted aluminum look that dominated appliance design for decades. But here is what they do not tell you on HDTV or the DIY network. Stainless Steel Appliances get very dirty very fast. The natural oil on our skin leaves visible figure prints that can be seen across the room (and maybe by your neighbors).

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But do not fear. You have options for keeping everything clean. All of the major home cleaning supply makers have developed products to help  stainless steel clean. But you have some great DIY options.

Baking soda mixed with liquid dish soap can make a good paste to gently rub on stains. Be sure to rinse the stainless steel surface thoroughly, and towel dry. If the stains still remain you can try vinegar. Remember to thoroughly rinse and towel dry.  If that still does not work, it is time to get some Pledge.

Until Next Time,

Mike

Chicago Kitchen Remodeling