2019 January

Easy-Peasy Spring Cleaning Floor Tips – Hardwood

January 31, 2019

‘Spring cleaning’. The term conjures up all kinds of images: clean, uncluttered surfaces and storage areas, strange little headscarfs that only come out from the drawer once a year, overwhelming top-to-toe cleaning sessions. And that’s just the kitchen! Your floors need special treatment too. Whether you have wood, tile, carpet, or vinyl, there are some easy floor treatments that will help you restore your floor to tippety-top condition. In our four-part spring cleaning series, we’ll share with you some of our top tips and secrets from getting your floors Spring-ready in a jiffy!

Hardwood Floor Treatments

•Begin your wood floor treatments by sweeping or vacuuming the entire floor area. If needed, use a vacuum attachment to get all the goodies out of the edges and corners. After the bigger pieces of dirt have been removed, consider using a mop treated with a dusting agent.

•Dilute a wood-cleaning product per the instructions on the package.

•Using a damp sponge or a rag mop, dip it into the cleaning product and wash the floor with it. Avoid leaving standing water.

•If the cleaning product instructs it, rinse the floor off with straight water by filling a bucket with water and using a clean mop.

•Wipe up any excess water.

•Dry with a towel, or even a fan to avoid warping the wood.

•It’s important to note that when cleaning and treating hardwood floors, you read up on any products that you plan on using – make sure they are suitable for your type of hardwood and that you have all of the necessary items to complete your task before you begin.

If the thought of wielding a mop or steaming machine makes you break out in a cold sweat, give the professionals at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your floors spruced up for you in a jiffy, with not a mop-bucket in sight!

Easy-Peasy Spring Cleaning Floor Tips – Ceramic Tiles

January 23, 2019

‘Spring cleaning’. The term conjures up all kinds of images: clean, uncluttered surfaces and storage areas, strange little headscarfs that only come out from the drawer once a year, overwhelming top-to-toe cleaning sessions. And that’s just the kitchen! Your floors need special treatment too. Whether you have wood, tile, carpet, or vinyl, there are some easy floor treatments that will help you restore your floor to tippety-top condition. In our four-part spring cleaning series, we’ll share with you some of our top tips and secrets from getting your floors Spring-ready in a jiffy!

Ceramic Tiles Floor Treatment

•Sweep the entire floor. Using a vacuum attachment, suck up dirt that is along the edges or between the tiles.

•Using a manufacturer-recommended cleaner for ceramic tile and grout, mop the floor, using only enough cleaner to make the mop damp.

•For spots that are hard to get off, use a mild dishwashing detergent and warm water.

•Rinse the floor with straight water using a fresh bucket of water and a clean mop.

•Wipe up excess water.

•Dry the tile for a shiny look.

•If you have stains in your grout, use a grout marker to paint over the blemishes.

If the thought of wielding a mop or steaming machine makes you break out in a cold sweat, give the professionals at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your floors spruced up for you in a jiffy, with not a mop-bucket in sight!

Easy-Peasy Spring Cleaning Floor Tips – Vinyl

January 16, 2019

‘Spring cleaning’. The term conjures up all kinds of images: clean, uncluttered surfaces and storage areas, strange little headscarfs that only come out from the drawer once a year, overwhelming top-to-toe cleaning sessions. And that’s just the kitchen! Your floors need special treatment too. Whether you have wood, tile, carpet, or vinyl, there are some easy floor treatments that will help you restore your floor to tippety-top condition. In our four-part spring cleaning series, we’ll share with you some of our top tips and secrets from getting your floors Spring-ready in a jiffy!

Vinyl Floors

•Sweep the entire floor with a broom. Be sure to get into the corners and along the edges.

•The method you use for cleaning will depend on how dirty the floor is. Use a mop or a rag with one of the following floor treatments.

•For a vinyl floor that is pretty new or just doesn’t get a lot of use, a mixture of half hot water, and half ammonia would work fine.

•Heavily soiled vinyl flooring will need something that will remove the dirt a little better, but that will be mild enough on the vinyl, such as dish detergent and hot water.

•Isopropyl alcohol and water is needed to break up waxy or greasy build up.

•A damp cloth with a drop of paint thinner should remove scuff marks.

•Rinse the entire floor with straight hot water.

If the thought of wielding a mop or steaming machine makes you break out in a cold sweat, give the professionals at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your floors spruced up for you in a jiffy, with not a mop-bucket in sight!

How Do I Clean My Tile Grout With No Chemicals?

January 11, 2019

It can be done, but prepare yourself for some serious elbow grease….

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

1   First, get rid of surface dirt and muck with your regular cleaner. It’s much easier to clean away ground-in dirt if the surface stuff is out of the way.

2  In a small bowl, mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda together to form a thick paste. The exact quantities will depend on the consistency you prefer to work with.

3  Use an old toothbrush to spread a thick layer of the peroxide/soda gook onto the grout, working in small areas of 1 to 2 sq ft at a time. Leave to set for 5-10 minutes.

4   Using your toothbrush (not YOUR toothbrush obviously – the one you’ve just used for the initial slathering!), rub the paste energetically, as though you were trying to rub it INTO the grout. 

5  Coat the next small area with the paste and repeat the above steps, until your entire grout surface has had a scrubbing-down.

6  Wipe off the remaining paste with a damp cloth and finish with your regular cleaner to restore your tiles and grout to a brilliant sparkle!

If this doesn’t seem to be quite enough to evict the grime from your grout, give BCS a call at 801 561 1730 and we will buzz over to take care of it for you in a jiffy!

How to Solve Park City Winter Carpet Issues – Pet Hair and Stains

January 4, 2019

Winter in Park City, Heber and Utah in general is a glorious time. The mountains come into their own with glittering snow-frosted vistas just begging to be played on. But while the snow and ice look like a fairytale outside, come winter your carpets start telling a different story. Tracked in snow, mud, salt and pet hair wreak havoc under your feet. 

So what to do? In our four-part Park City special series, we’ll show you how to deal with Winter’s worst…..and keep your carpets plush and plump and pleasing.

This week, we’ll help you get rid of pesky pet stains.

Pets.  We love ‘em.  But the mess they make….not so much.  Here’s our simple, 4-step process for removing salt stains from your carpets.

1 – Pour 3 percent hydrogen peroxide on the stain and cover with a white towel.

2 – Hold a hot steam iron on the towel for 15 to 20 seconds to transfer the stain to the towel. 

3 – Repeat until no more stain is transferred. 

4 – Cover with a  clean white towel and something heavy. Leave overnight to dry. 

If the marks refuse to listen to reason, it’s time to call in the big guns at BCS. We’ll have your carpets spit spot (without the spots) in a jiffy.  Give us a call today at 801 561 1730.

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