Maintenance

S & H Blinds and Floors offers a full line of care and maintenance products to keep your new floors looking new for years to come. There are many choices when it comes to floor care products, it is crucial to use the correct products to protect your new investment. If the wrong care products are used you could potentially damage your floors. Please stop in to purchase your floor cleaners today.  Below you will find care and maintenance instructions for Carpet, Ceramic, Hardwood, Laminate and Vinyl.

Carpet

We hope that you enjoy your new carpet for many years to come. To help you keep it loooking its’ best, here are a few simple suggestions for routine maintenance

  • Vacuum your carpet thoroughly at least once a week. Dirt that is left in the carpet can get ground down into the fibers and can cause them to wear prematurely
  • If you have a dirt spot or stain use the “Capture” Spot Remover Powder. This should be used according to the directions on the bottlw. Even though Capture may tell you to use the pre-mist, most stains will come out without it
  • Difficult stains may require the use of the “Capture” Pre-Mist spray. Spray it directly on the spot, using enough to wet the stain and then wipe with a dry white cloth. This should remove most stains with one application, but it can be repeated if necessary.
  • Capture offers a complete line of speciality products to remove most any stains imaginable. See store for details.
  • Do not use a soap based product or other over the counter products that could leave a soap residue on your carpet, which will attract dirt.
  • If liquids are spilled on the carpet, we recommend the following action
    • Soak up as much of the spill as you can with a dry towel. Nlot the carpet with the thowl and avoid rubbing vigorously, as this will unravel the fibers
    • Take a small bucket of warm water (1 quart) and add rougly 1 cup of white vinegar. Proceed to wash the area with this solution using a white towel. Get it good and wet, but do not saturate the carpet. Dry the area as much as possible with a towel. The white vinegar solution not only cleans, but also works well to neutralize odors that are cause by vomit, urine etc.

A properly maintainted carpet will give you the maximum lift out of any carpet you purchase. If at any time you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at 419-626-4495 as our commitment to quality does not end with the installatoin of your carpet

Ceramic

We hope that you enjoy your new ceramic tile for many years to come.  To help you keep it looking its’ best, here are a few simple suggestions for routine maintenance.

  • For routine cleaning, we recommend the use of Armstrong Once n Done.  This is a non abrasive cleaner that works wonderfully for every day maintenance. Once n Done can also be used on vinyl and laminate flooring as well.  Follow the directions on the bottle to keep your new ceramic floor as beautiful as the day it was installed.
  • For stubborn stains we recommend the use of one of our speciality products.  Please see store for details.
  • If your grout becomes stained or discolored we do have a grout cleaner which can be followed by a sealer to keep your grout looking its best.
  • Try to stay away from soap based products such as Spic N Span, Top Job, etc..  These types of cleaners wil lleave behind a soap residue which will leave your tile looking dirty over time.

If at any time you should have a question or concern please feel free to give us a call at 419-626-4495 as our commitment to quality does not end with the installation of your ceramic tile.

Hardwood

We hope that you are enjoying your new hardwood.  With the proper care and maintenance your hardwood floor will look beautiful for years to come. Follow these tips for keeping your hardwood looking its best

  • Initial Care – Following installation, clean the floor with the recommended floor cleaner
  • Routine Care – Frequently sweep/dust the floor to remove loose dirt before it can scratch or be ground into the floors surface.  Avoid use of vacuums with beater bars.  Always wipe up spills immediately.  For spot cleaning apply cleaner onto a clean cloth and rub onto the spot/  Never apply wax topicals to your urethane floor.
  • Periodic Care – Follow instructions for routine care.  Spray recommended cleaner directly onto the floor and wipe with a sponge mop or appropriate cleaning applicator.  Do not allow puddles of cleaner to remain on teh floors surface.  Excess liquid may damage the fiber of the wood.

Follow these preventive tips to keep your floor looking its best:

Do:

  • Wipe up spills immediately
  • Use door mats and throw rugs outside room entrances and in front of kitchen sink and refrigerator to help keep dirt and grit off your floor, , and prevent damage and excess wear.
  • Place runners and area rugs (with slip resistant backings) along high traffic areas
  • Move heavy appliances and furniture by using a dolly rolled over plywood or pressed board.
  • Use floor protector pads on all legs of furniture.
  • Keep the relative humidity in your home between the recommended settings from the manufacturer.
  • Protect your floor from direct sunlight.

Don’t:

  • Use any of the following products (or similar in nature) on your floor – ammonia based cleaners, vinyl floor dressings, wax based products, detergents, bleach, polished and oil soaps or abrasive cleaning soaps – as they could do permanent damage to your floors.’
  • Allow water to stand on your floor for any length of time.
  • Walk across your floor in poorly maintained shoes with heal taps, spike heels or with any sharp object protruding from your shoe.
  • Allow furniture to rest on the floor on small metal tips or hard domes.
  • Use rollers on bottom of chairs or furniture.

If at any time you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us, as our commitment to quality does not end with the installation of your hardwood floor.

Laminate

To help keep your laminate floor looking its best follow these simple routine maintenance suggestions:

  • For routine cleaning we recommend the use of Armstrong Once N Done.  These are non abrasie cleaners that work wonderfully for every day maintenance.  Once n Done can also be used on vinyl flooring and ceramic tile as well.  Follow the directions on the bottle to keep your new laminate floor as beautiful as the day that it was installed.
  • In order to prevent wear spots we recommend the use of floor protectors for the legs of your furniture.  These can be purchased at S & H Blinds and Floors.
  • Please keep in mind that over the counter floor cleaner can leave a residue buld up causing your floor to look dull.  In most cases this is just a residue build up that will come off by using Armstrong Once N Done.

If at any time you should have questions or concerns please give us a call, as our commitment to quality does not end with the installation of your laminate floor.

Vinyl

To help keep your vinyl looking its best, follow these simple routine maintenance suggestions.

  • For routine cleaning we recommend the use of Armstrong Once n Done.  This is a non abrasive cleaner that works wonderfully for everyday maintenance.  Once N Done can also be used on laminate flooring and ceramic tile as well.  Follow the directions on teh bottle to keep your new laminate floor as beautiful as the day that it was installed.
  • In order to prevent wear spots we recommend the use of floor protectors for the legs of your furniture.  These can be purchased at S & H Blinds and Floors.
  • Please keep in mind that over the counter floor cleaners can leave a residue build up causing your floor to look dull.  In most cases this is just a residue build up that will come off by using Armstrong New Beginning.

If at any time you should have any questions or concerns please feel free to call us, as our commitment to quality does not end with the installation of your vinyl.