Maintaining Hardwood Floors Year Round
Hardwood is often the preferred flooring throughout homes, as it adds an elevated appearance and traps less dirt, dust and germs than carpet. However, this elevated look can become tarnished over the years if hardwood is not properly maintained. To avoid the costly expense and inconvenience of sanding, refinishing, or even a complete replacement, Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration knows that maintaining hardwood floors year round is key. If you have hardwood flooring throughout your home, read on for our suggested at home maintenance and cleaning procedures.
Okay – ‘daily’ might be a strong word, but if you have time to dust and sweep your hardwoods on a daily basis, this is your best defense against scratches and surface damage that comes with daily activities. We suggest conducting a quick sweep to pick up any larger items or loose dirt and dust, and then doubling back with a microfiber mop to efficiently pick up and trap remaining messes.
Common misconception – vacuums are only for cleaning carpets. Not in our book! Busting out the vac at least once a week is great for cleaning those harder to reach places, such as corners, under bookshelves, and so on. Reminder: if your vacuum has wheels on it, be sure not to let them scrape along the hardwood in order to avoid scrapes and damage. And, if vacuuming isn’t your style, you can always wet mop, just remember that water and hardwood don’t mix! Lightly mist the surface with hardwood cleaner and wipe away impurities.
Polish, polish, polish. Polishing hardwood not only renews and refreshes the surface, but it also ensures that the finish is getting the most attentions, filling microscopic scratches and events out the surface with minimal effort. Simply purchase hardwood polish, spray, and buff out to reveal shiny, good-as-new floors.
Like most items within the home, a deep clean once a year is a fantastic rule of thumb for maintaining quality. A deep scrub, finish or gloss will save you years before needing to sand, refinish or replace your hardwood flooring. Of course, if you aren’t keen on spending your spare time with another household chore, we’re here to help. Our professional three-step cleaning system will clean, re-coat, and refurbish your hardwood floors, reversing and preventing years of damage.
Learn about Exclusive cleaning and Restoration’s Hardwood Floor Cleaning & Refinishing services in Summit County.
Fall Festivals in Summit County, CO
Happy September, folks! Temps are dropping, leaves are changing color, the sun is setting earlier, and autumn is just around the corner. While we all know that dreaded feeling of being trapped inside on a beautiful day due to household chores and cleaning, Exclusive Cleaning & Restoration knows the value of Colorado’s changing seasons, and the importance of getting outside to experience them. So, instead of scrubbing floors and cleaning household items, we encourage you to get out and experience Summit County’s many fall-themed activities this season. Read below for a few of our favorites!
Didn’t make it to the Keystone Oktoberfest? Well, you’re in luck, because Breckenridge is putting on an Oktoberfest of their own from September 8-10. As the 23rd annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest, these guys know what they’re doing, and the Main Street Party is the largest Oktoberfest street party in all the Rocky Mountains! Events this year include Breckenridge Brewery’s Brunch, a Brewmaster Dinner, as well as a 5k Trail Run. With just under 50 genuine German brew and food vendors, you are sure to be satisfied. German-themed games, music and dancing will be the perfect activities to work off all that food and beer to make room for more! Check out additional info at: http://bit.ly/2wUVtYB
Frisco Fall Fest
Welcome fall to Fisco on September 9-10! Located on Frisco’s charming Main Street, attendees can expect a delightful weekend packed with local food and music at the base of Mount Royal. Relax in the German beer garden, sip on Fort Collins’ famous Coyote Gold “microbrew of margaritas,” or explore speciality dishes of 18 different restaurants – the possibilities are endless! The kiddos are sure to be entertained by face painting, arts and crafts and additional activities, to ensure heaps of fun for the entire family. Get the entire scoop at: http://bit.ly/2xPpky4
Breckenridge Wine Classic
Calling all wine connoisseurs and self-proclaimed wine lovers – The Breckenridge Wine Classic from September 14-17 is a must! Sign up for an array of food and wine-influenced events, activities, tastings, cooking classes and seminars to experience over 100 food artisans’ domestic and international wine, beer and spirits. Plus, you can get outside and participate in mountain activities such as the Beerunch Hike, Pinot Passport Hike, and Hair of the Dog Fat Bike Ride. Explore the possibilities at: http://bit.ly/2groAfg
Gather up the family and head on over to Rainbow Park in Silverthorne on October 8 for an afternoon for family fun! Main attractions include barrel train rides, carriage rides, a petting zoo, cookie decorating, bounce houses, and an array of games. Oh, and of course, pumpkins! Every attending child gets to pick a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and bring it home to help kickoff the Halloween festivities. Kids can also design their very own jack-o-lantern face so that you can help them carve their pumpkin once arriving home. Get all the details at: http://bit.ly/2elD9fP
No matter what fall activities you choose to participate in with friends and family this year, we don’t want you to be distracted by what needs to be done at home. To ensure you enjoy the most of your fall in Summit County schedule cleaning or restoration services, or simple get a quote, by calling 970-668-1600, and we’ll take care of the rest!
Tile and Grout Cleaning 101
Do you regularly clean tile and grout in your home? If you answered ‘no’, you’re not alone. Tile and grout, both indoors and outdoors, are often given a quick surface sweep to rid dirt and dust, but are rarely deep cleaned. The weathering of tile occurs over time, meaning that wear and tear may not be evident at first glance. However, it is important to deep clean tile surfaces, as well as tile grout, to scrub away months – and even years – of stubborn dirt and grim. Exclusive Cleaning & Restoration has the scoop on tile and grout cleaning at home, and also provides professional cleaning services in Breckenridge. Simply call for a quote, or to schedule your next cleaning, 970-668-1600.
Grout is porous, meaning it absorbs dirt and spills, staining easily and trapping in germs. To clear away any surface debris, wipe down the grout with hot water and spray a cleaning solution, either store-bought or a homemade mixture of vinegar and water. Let the spray sit on the grout for at least five minutes, and them scrub with a soft brush or toothbrush. If the grout still appears visibly stained, you can mix baking soda with water and apply the paste to grout overnight. After about twelve hours, scrub with a brush and rinse with warm water to reveal shiny, new-looking grout.
After the grout is looking good as new, the tile itself deserves some TLC as well. Vacuum or sweep the surface to begin, and then mop the entire floor is a mild cleaning detergent and clean, warm water. You can simply use a large rag or cloth is a mop is unavailable to you, however, ensure that you change the water once it becomes dirty, as dirty water equals cloudy tile floors. Let air dry and enjoy the sparkle you just put back into your home.
From dried food scraps, juice stains, and soapy residue, title kitchen counters house an entire new category of items that cause pesky grim. Ironically, the best way to remove food film and grime from tile counters is with…food. A mixture of lemon juice and water quickly cuts through thick film thanks to the acidity. Rinse with water and buff with a linen cloth to completely wipe away imperfections, as well as stickiness from the lemon juice. For a deeper clean, you can scrub kitchen tile grout with vinegar or baking soda, just as you would with tile flooring.
Showers and Bathtubs
Bathroom tile can be separated from floor and kitchen tile thanks to everyone’s favorite friend – soap scum. Removing soap scum from bathroom tile is arguably one of the most difficult aspects of tile cleaning, and requires a decent amount of elbow grease with a brush or rough side of a sponge. This step should be done dry, without any water or additional cleaning solutions. Once the major layer of soap scum is removed, spray and soak the entire shower or tub surface with tub and tile cleaning of your choice. You can also use the classic baking soda and water mixture, and then spray with a layer of vinegar, as a substitute for store-bought cleaners. Take your brush or sponge and scrub the surface a second time, loosening mold and mildew. Feel free to pour a touch of hydrogen peroxide on especially stubborn areas while scrubbing. Finish by running clean, hot water over the tile to rinse the cleaning mixture and remove any remaining grim.
To ensure that your freshly cleaned tile and grout stays fresh and clean, it’s always a good idea to seal tile and grout to protect from future dirt and grim. You can do this at home with store-bought applicator kits, or leave to the pros at Exclusive Cleaning & Restoration. Our truck mounted cleaning systems are equipped to clean and seal a variety of tile and grout throughout your home to bring it back to its original condition, and ensure it withstands whatever you throw at it.
Vote for Best Carpet Cleaning Company
Each year the Summit Daily hosts a Best of Summit campaign to recognize great local businesses in Summit County.
Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration is honored to have been nominated for Best Carpet Cleaning Company in Summit County for the Best of Summit 2017.
We need your votes to make this happen! Vote for Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration for Best Carpet Cleaning Company in the Services category.
Voting is open August 15 – September 15.
Tips for Removing Summer Stains
As the summer months are quickly coming to an end, there are still a handful of warm-weather, outdoor activities that you may want to partake in before cooler temperatures hit. From hiking, boating, biking, hosting a gathering in your backyard, or simply taking your dog for a walk, keeping the outdoors -well, outdoors – can seem nearly impossible when you live in Summit County, Colorado. Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration has a variety of tips and tricks to clean mud, dirt and stains so that you can enjoy your last days of summer without stressing over the mess. Looking for a professional to handle your Breckenridge carpet cleaning and specialty floors? Give us a call to schedule your next cleaning, 970-668-1600.
Muddy boots, feet, and paws are arguably the biggest culprit of carpet stains, especially in the summertime. Because these stains usually aren’t large in size, spot cleaning is a quick and efficient way to remove mud and dirt. A simple solution of white vinegar, dish soap and water in a spray bottle is a quick home remedy that requires only 5-10 minutes of soaking. Blot with a dry, clean towel and the stain should be lifted and removed from the carpet.
First things first, let the mud dry completely. This will allow you to vacuum up as much as possible, leaving you to focus on the mud that has truly sunken in and stained the upholstery. Since upholstery is somewhat unforgiving, especially if it is light in color, we recommend pretreating with generic strain remove. Afterward, follow similar steps to spot treating your carpet by mixing liquid soap and cool water to soak into the stain. After letting the soap mixture soak, blot at the stain with a clean cloth. Repeat soaking and blotting until the mud stain disappears.
Water Damage Restoration
Mud is made up of dirt and water, meaning that besides the dirt stain itself, water damage might be your other enemy when mud gets tracked into the house. Whether the mud is on your carpet, upholstery, or other home furnishings, you want to ensure that you remove the water as quickly as possible. To do so, you can use a variety of tools such as fans, dehumidifiers, or even a steam cleaner. The faster the area is dry, the less water damage there will be.
Tile and Grout Cleaning
Another area of the home that is often overlooked is tile flooring, as a quick sweep or mopping is thought to suffice. However, as mud and dirt get tracked into the home over time, a more aggressive form of cleaning is suggested, especially at the end of the summer season. To target stubborn grim in tile grout, apply a generous layer of baking soda paste, spray down with diluted vinegar, and scrub with a brush (even a toothbrush will do!). Rinse, mop, and reveal you clean, shiny tile flooring.
At the end of the day, if your outdoor adventures have tracked in a stain just too large for these at-home remedies to conquer, professional cleaning is always a fantastic way to transition from one season to the next. Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration assesses your individual stain situation and develops a plan of action to best clean and restore your mud-riddled home, leaving more time for you to hit the outdoors and get on with your summer adventures.
Mattress Cleaning Tips
With Winter snowstorms a thing of the past and our puffy jackets stashed away in our closets, it’s time to enjoy the warm Summer months here in Breckenridge with all the outdoor activities that you and your family love. From mountain biking, to kayaking, hiking, to climbing, unintentionally bringing nature… and dirt… indoors happens at your vacation rental. Although there are usual areas where mud and dust like to collect, there are also areas in your home that are a little less obvious but that deserve some attention in order to keep your rental clean and get that security deposit back at the end of the Summer. A weekly sheet change on our beds seems like part of the daily rhythm of life after a busy week of adventuring, but mattress cleaning in Breckenridge is one of the less obvious suspects that requires care and attention just like the other problem areas in your home. Sleeping 8-10 hours a day on your mattress means that sweat, oils, and dead skin cells collect on your mattress over time. Not only that, but without the proper care and attention and Breckenridge mattress cleaning, you just might be sharing your bed each night with dust mites, fungus, bacteria, and even mold which can cause health risks. Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration can give your mattresses a deep clean at the beginning and end of your stay in Breckenridge, but here are a few tips to maintain that freshness throughout your stay.
2. Spot Clean
4. Flip It
5. Cover it
These steps are an easy at-home solution to maintain the freshness of your mattress in your Breckenridge rental home, but it’s a good idea at the beginning and end of your stay to have your mattress professionally cleaned in order to ensure you—and the next guests staying—are sleeping on cleanest mattress possible. Exclusive cleaning and Restoration takes care of your Breckenridge mattress cleaning needs by using a 2 step process that leaves your mattress “hygienically clean and fresh”. Give them a call today, and rest easy each night knowing that the only thing you have to worry about during your stay is enjoying your time in Summit county.
Time for a Deep Spring Clean!
Spring Cleaning Checklist
Although there is still snow on the ground, and a few more snowstorms on the forecast, Spring is definitely in the air here in Summit county! With the change of seasons outside, it’s the perfect time to give the inside of your home a makeover as well. We know it can be a daunting task to tackle all the grime and dirt that inevitably finds its way inside during a busy Winter of skiing and boarding on the slopes, but Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration and Exclusive Cleaning Summit can take on even the messiest of Breckenridge Spring cleaning jobs, so let them help! If you’re feeling motivated to do some deep Spring cleaning in your Breckenridge home yourself, though, then break out the vacuum and mop, and follow this checklist to get started in sprucing up your house!
The heart of the home… and inevitably a place where dirt and dust manage to find their way into all the nooks and crannies. Spiderwebs also have a habit of collecting in the corners, so as a first step, start with the ceilings! Extend the hose of your vacuum, and run it along the corners and edges of the ceilings. Spring is also a great time to move the large furniture items and clean those places that are normally hard to reach. Set aside a day, and recruit another person to help move the larger pieces, and give the floor a thorough dusting and mopping, if it’s wood, or vacuuming, if it’s carpet. After the furniture is back in place, go over your cloth furniture (make sure to lift cushions!) with the fabric nozzle attachment on your vacuum. Don’t forget to take off any slipcovers and pillow covers and throw them in the wash, as well! Bonus points: vacuum lampshades, clean the fireplace/wood-stove, and dust any fan blades and lights.
Winter comfort foods are the best, but with all the cooking of tasty soups, stews, and casseroles, the kitchen can be a messy place in need of a thorough cleaning by Springtime. Along with your usual routine of mopping the floors and washing up all dirty dishes, take the time to give the stove-top (make sure to lift the burner grates!), appliances, backsplashes, cabinets, and inside and outside of the dishwasher and fridge a thorough scrubbing. Now is also a great chance to go through the cabinets and pantry and toss anything that is expired, and reorganize for a sparkling and orderly new space to cook in. Bonus points: deep clean the oven, wash any kitchen light switches (sticky fingerprints find their way onto these), and defrost the freezer.
Although the bathroom is a place that is regularly and thoroughly cleaned, Spring is a wonderful chance to take the extra step of cleaning and de-clogging the tub and sink drains. Additionally, go through all the drawers, medicine cabinet, and underneath the sink and wipe them out with all-purpose spray and a sponge. Unused, old, and expired toiletries and medications have a habit of collecting in the bathroom, so toss out anything that you can, and clear out some space in those drawers and shelves. Bonus points: wash the baseboards, and wipe down the doorknobs
It’s time to open the windows and bring some fresh air into your bedrooms after the long, cold winter! After dusting and vacuuming, take down any curtains, remove the heavy winter bedding, flannel sheets, and fleece blankets and launder them accordingly. While it may seem over-ambitious, now it a great time to vacuum, rotate and flip your mattress in order to distribute the wear and increase the life of the mattress. Lastly, let even more of the Spring sunshine in by giving the windows a clean on both the inside and outside. Bonus points: dust any fan blades and lights, clean out the closets, and rotate winter wear for Spring clothing
We know it’s daunting, but you can do it! The snow is almost gone, so now is the time to neatly organize the winter skis, snowboards, and snowshoes, and break out the summer gear and gardening pots! Unearth all the boxes stashed in the corners of the garage, and go through each one, donating or selling whatever you don’t use or need any more. The key to an organized and Spring-ready garage, is creating orderly storage systems for everything. Designate shelves for certain categories of items, label bins and caddies and place the appropriate items in them, and put racks for bikes, and skis on the walls in order to reduce clutter on the garage floor and open up space. Bonus points: take a broom and sweep the corners of the garage ceiling to remove any spiderwebs, and wipe down any shelves.
While it may seem like a lot to tackle, Breckenridge Spring cleaning is a manageable goal if it’s broken into smaller tasks—so set aside a weekend to clean each room, and in no time, your home will be sparkling, and ready for the new season. Even better yet, skip the hassle and hire Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration to do your Breckenridge Spring cleaning for you; then you can begin those gardening projects or get out on the trails with a clear conscience and a clean home.
Top Tips for Maintaining Hardwood Flooring
Whether your hardwood floors were just installed in your new home, or they have been around for awhile, they all need some TLC to keep them well-maintained and looking like new. The stress of daily-wear takes a toll on flooring, so that’s why we have a few hardwood floor cleaning and hardwood floor refinishing tips to take the question out of cleaning your Breckenridge hardwood floors.
Get rid of that dirt!
While it may seem like an intuitive first step, before you address any cleaning or polishing of your wood flooring, make sure to sweep, swiffer, or vacuum to remove all of the debris, dust, and dirt that is on the surface of your floor, or hiding in the corners. If you use a vacuum, make sure to use a felt or brush style head, so not to damage your floors. Additionally, check the wheels and bottom of the vacuum for dirt or food particles that could potentially scratch the wood.
Dealing with spills and spots
While there is some controversy on how to clean your hardwood flooring and whether or not to use water, we recommend skipping the worry and opting for a no-water technique. Depending on your floor type and finish, water can cause buckling, staining, and ultimately damage your expensive wood floors.
Also, it may be tempting to opt for a DIY home floor cleaner, but there are several home products that can severely damage your floors such as vinegar, oil based soaps, wax products that are either liquid or paste, and basic household cleaners that have ingredients such as citrus oils, tung oil, silicon or ammonia.
We instead suggest picking up a bottle of non-oil, hardwood-floor specific cleaner at your local grocery store for cleaning. Spray the cleaner on a sponge mop, or soft, clean cloth, and you’ll be set conquer those spill and spots on your flooring.
The final step – Polishing
Finally, after the first two steps are finished, it’s time to make your Breckenridge hardwood floors sparkle. Your local home improvement store should carry hardwood-floor specific polishing and buffing products, so grab a bottle and get ready to make your floors shine.
Using a soft cloth –preferably microfibre– apply the polish directly to the cloth. Work in small areas at time, going with the grain of the wood, and using a feathering motion to avoid streaks of polish. Make sure not to polish yourself in, so find the exit and work towards that as you polish! Furthermore, once these steps are finished, allow the floor to dry for at least 1 hour before allowing light traffic, and 24 hours for heavy traffic.
While cleaning and polishing are great steps to maintaining your floors, there are a few additional tips and trick that will help you reduce wear-and-tear on your home’s hardwood flooring.
While these tips are great for everyday care of your hardwood flooring, we realize things get busy, and you may not have the time to dedicate to maintaining your flooring. Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration understands this, and with their 3 steps care process, they will take care of your hardwood floor cleaning and hardwood floor refinishing, giving you the time to deal with all the other things on your to-do list.
5 MOST COMMON CARPET STAINS AND HOW TO FIX THEM
Exclusive Cleaning & Restoration, your local Breckenridge carpet cleaning service, has you covered for your intensive carpet cleaning in Breckenridge, but what about the little spills? Here are a few tips for dealing with the 5 most common stains you’ll find in your house:
This combination of vinegar and baking soda is tough on pet stains – cleaning, while also removing odors.
Sprinkling salt on the stain absorbs the wine, leaving your carpet good as new!
No need to buy an expensive solution to clean your coffee stains! Just grab a few household items, and make your own stain remover.
Stubborn as they are, give this tip a try on your ink stain before despairing of your carpet.
Here’s an easy hack to try when the little ones inevitably track in mud from the outside.
These tips can give you quick and easy solutions to some of your most common stains in everyday life. Nevertheless, some spills are just too tough to handle on your own, that’s why Exclusive Cleaning & Restoration, can take care of the rest of your carpet cleaning in Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Blue River, Dillon, Keystone and Copper Mountain, Colorado.
It’s recommended to have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12-18 months, and with Exclusive Cleaning & Restoration’s carpet manufacturer recommended cleaning process that uses steam extraction, those stubborn stains will be lifted out, leaving your carpet like new. Give them a call today and schedule your next carpet cleaning!
Did your dog destroy your carpet?
You’re not alone.
It’s actually more common than you think. Dogs can be destructive when they are upset and carpets are often victim of the destruction. In Summit County, Colorado dogs rule. Most people have dogs and are around dogs daily with friends, on Main street, and even in the office. We’ve actually heard some folks refer to Breckenridge as ‘doggy heaven’. As dog owners and lovers ourselves, we tend to agree!
But dogs, just like people, aren’t perfect.
They get upset. They get destructive, usually when their owner is not at home.
Depending on your pet’s preferences, they may chew your clothes, couch, dump over the garbage or destroy your carpet. In fact, we see that a lot. A times a month, we get calls to repair carpets that have been destroyed by pets.
Like it or not, destruction can be a part of being a loving dog owner.
Fear not! We are here to help. Our professional carpet repair services in Summit County specialize in putting your carpets and rugs back together again.
Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration offers carpet repair services in Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Blue River, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Dillon, Colorado. Give us a call 970.668.1600 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free estimate