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Cleaning Carpet Flooring
- To reduce buildup in your carpet, vacuum weekly or more often in high-traffic areas. Investing in a good vacuum for your type of carpet and lifestyle can make a big difference, choose the right vacuum with this buying guide. Remember to empty the canister or change the bag regularly for maximum suction power.
- Get a deep clean once a year by hiring a professional carpet cleaning company. Or DIY by renting a steam cleaner from your local grocery store or home center. Use these tips to determine which method is right for you.
- Address stains as soon as possible. Try using only water first, by repeatedly dampening and blotting the carpet with a clean terrycloth towel?often this alone will remove a stain if addressed quickly and won't leave a chemical residue. For more stubborn stains, try these stain-specific methods.
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Cleaning Hardwood Flooring
- For everyday cleaning, vacuum or sweep dry dust and dirt first, followed by a wet mop or microfiber cloth using a natural, plant-based cleaner. Harsh chemicals can wear away at your hardwood's finish over time, and should only be used if absolutely necessary.
- For a natural hardwood cleaner you can make at home, mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1 gallon of water. Or try these natural methods.
- If your wood flooring is beginning to gap between boards, maintain your hardwood's durability by plugging these holes with wood filler, sanding and refinishing the spot. This will not only repair your flooring, but eliminate tiny dirt collectors.