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hard surface cleaning-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.

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

-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.

-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.

-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.

-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.

-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.

-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 Oriental Rug Cleaning Studio by Stanley Steemer.