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Extend the Lifespan of your Hardwood Floors with These Simple Tips

Hardwood floors can add a truly majestic touch to a home – majestic, that is, until they become a dull mess of scratched-up, faded wood that’s too expensive to replace and impossible to fix. With hardwood floors, the best treatment is always prevention, which luckily is fairly easy, as long as you’re proactive in caring for the floors on a continuous basis. Follow these tips to help prolong the life and integrity of your hardwood floors, at minimal cost and effort.

1)      Clip Pet’s Nails. Dogs – and to a lesser extent, cats – can wreak serious havoc on hardwood floors. One scratch resulting from a particularly energized pet can weaken the integrity of the varnish, eventually breeding several more …until it’s abundantly evident exactly where Fido waits excitedly for dinner every day. Having a groomer or veterinarian expertly clip pet’s nails can help prevent such damage. While we can’t vouch for their efficacy, we’ve heard that tiny rubber nail covers for cats and dogs, available in a variety of colors, also exist to serve a protective purpose…though you won’t catch us trying to hold down our tabby for a pedicure.

2)      Invest in floor covers for highly-trafficked areas. Carpet runners and mats placed where people frequently walk –down hallways, in front of the refrigerator, in entranceways, etc. – can do wonders when it comes to preserving your floors. These items are relatively inexpensive, unobtrusive and can easily be found in colors or patterns that match your existing décor. You can also get creative and use them as a bold accent piece, as well.

3)      Pad the bottom of your furniture legs. It may not seem like a big deal if the floor beneath furniture gets scratched – until you decide to refresh your room by rearranging it and struggle to hide gashes and scrapes. The easy solution for this issue? Either put a small carpet underneath, or apply small furniture pads, made for the purpose, to the bottom of furniture legs.

4)      Institute a “shoes off at the door” policy. While shoes themselves likely won’t cause scrapes – with the exception of stilettos – the small pieces of grit, stone and other sharp materials they track in can grind into your hardwood floor, wear down the varnish, and lead to worn spots that are difficult to repair or mask. Making your house a 24/7 sock-or-slipper party will do wonders when it comes to protecting floors.

5)      Renew the finish by sanding and applying fresh polyurethane. Don’t worry – you only need to do this one every few years. No matter how carefully you protect your floors, any normal wear-and-tear will lessen their sheen and reduce brightness. Very light sanding and an application of polyurethane can help you put off refinishing indefinitely.

 We hope you found these tips helpful! If you’re worried about your hardwood floors and think it’s time to bring in expert intervention, feel free to give our cleaning company in Bucks County a call for advice and a free quote on all your cleaning needs.

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Clean Your Home in a Hurry: Tips on 60-minute Quick-Cleanings

At Minch, we can have your home clean in a jiffy with our cleaning services – but if you don’t even have time to give us a ring before your surprise guests stop by, we’re willing to share our best last-minute cleaning tips to help you clear the clutter and dust where it counts, pronto. So next time you find yourself with 45 minutes and a dinner guest on the way, test out this list to see how the Minch difference works, D.I.Y.!

1) Make a plan, then focus on the rooms where guests are most likely to go. Hopefully we’re not talking about an overnight situation, so if you’re reasonably sure there are places where your guests won’t need to venture – perhaps the entire second floor of your home – take a gamble and leave those for last, or skip them. Focus the most on the two or three rooms that they will be spending the most time – the den, kitchen and guest bathroom, for example.

2) Multi-task like a magician. In order to make the most efficient use of your time, stop and consider the cleaning activities that take a little time. Sometimes cleaning solutions need to sit in order to be effective; plan around this by spritzing every surface that requires it with all-purpose spray and let it stand while you attend to more immediately accessible tasks. This will also help save time later by lessening the need to scrub off stubborn stains.

3) Don’t corner-clean. We know it’s difficult to overlook dust and grime when you see it, but if you’ve got a very short amount of time, feel better knowing that your guests are unlikely to notice the small details– though they’ll probably catch on to a dirty sink! Pick the largest features in your room – the sink, toilet, tub and mirror in the bathroom, and the counters and sink area in the kitchen, for example – and focus on those. You can get the other stuff later.

4) Don’t feel bad hiding your mess. It’s not ideal, but if the best way to clear out a space is to place items where they don’t typically belong – perhaps by temporarily relocating them to a nearby closet – it’s much better than running out of time and leaving a cluttered-looking room. Clutter has the effect of making a room look disorganized and uncomfortable, so it’s more important, for the moment, that you restore some harmony for your guests – if not your closet.

5) Leave out cleaning supplies. This one’s a little counterintuitive – you may think that leaving out bottles and rubber gloves (in a neat pile, of course) may make a room look even messier; in reality, though, studies have shown that seeing cleaning supplies left out in a room actually has the psychological effect of making people think the room is cleaner than they did in control studies where no cleaning supplies were left out under the same conditions.

If you need a cleaning company in Bucks County, Philadelphia, or Princeton that will always leave your house guest-ready and spotless from top-to-bottom, contact us for a free quote!