8 Tips To Keep Hard Surfaces Clean

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While we all enjoy the elegant look those tile and natural stone surfaces bring to our homes and businesses, most of us need help with cleaning and maintaining these types of surfaces.  

Here are some tips on how to keep those hard surfaces in tip top shape:

1. Regular vacuuming and cleaning. Some surfaces don’t always appear to need cleaning, but assume they do. As sure as a dust settles on a windowsill, so it does on the floors and on tile and grout.

2. At entry points for areas with hard surfaces, place entry mats for soil and moisture removal. The less brought in, the less to clean.

3. Clean up spills as they occur. The longer a spill sits on the tile, the higher the likelihood that it will become a stain. Grout is especially prone to staining, since it is porous and typically light in color. If you accidentally spill food onto the tile in your kitchen, wipe it up before it becomes permanent.

4. After performing a wet maintenance, open windows or utilize fans to get air circulating. The faster it dries the better the results and less chance for rapid re-soiling. Also, keep shower times to a minimum. Same as with cleaning, the extra moisture is the perfect environment for mildew and mold to thrive.

5. If area rugs are used to decorate interior hard surfaces, it is recommended that they are professionally cleaned along with the floors under them on a regular basis.

6. Chairs and tables on hard surface areas could cause serious damage to floors if the legs and corners are not protected. Teflon or felt can be used to prevent abrasive damage caused by the furniture.

7. Clean and rinse your floors often, once per month in low traffic areas and at least weekly in high traffic or kitchen areas. Rinse with plain water unless using the recommended cleaner/ protector product mentioned earlier.

8. Allow dwell time for stubborn spots and stains. Cleaning products are not magic. The longer they sit on that stubborn spot the better they work. Extra rinsing may be needed after the stain is removed. If a stain appears permanent, DON’T PANIC, call the hard surface professionals at Hammond Knoll.

For over 75 years, Hammond Knoll has provided expert cleaning and repair services for Puget Sound homes and businesses. Tile or hard surfaces in your bathrooms, kitchens and entryways can all be renewed by our trusted tile experts. We clean and repair tile and other hard surfaces in showers, floors, counter-tops, bathtubs, and walls. The specialty equipment helps clean and rinse tile and grout thoroughly leaving the floor looking like new ready for final sealing.  For current specials, visit our website and our Online Specials page.