How To Prevent Dull Hardwood Floors

Posted Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

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We are conditioned to secure and protect all sorts of things – from our cell phones to our vehicles, protecting these things is paramount. However, what happens when the screen protector on your phone gets scratched, or if the layer of wax on your car is fading? It would be absurd to just put more wax on top of the old wax, or put a new screen protector on top of your phone’s old scratched one. We replace those layers of protection once they have expired. So why would you want to treat your hardwood floors any different? After all, no one wants to see dull hardwood floors!

It’s no different when it comes to preserving, protecting, and enjoying the hardwood floors in your home or business. More than likely the hardwood floors in your home have a protective coating that was applied to the wood at some point, and, over time, will wear and fade just like anything else that gets a lot of use.

The amazing thing about hardwood flooring is that it can last 25 years or more if maintained properly. This can be a difficult task in Michigan though, where general wear can become apparent very quickly with our harsh winters. Over time, many abrasive particles combined with foot traffic will grind down the finish of your hardwood, leaving it listless and dull.  

What to Do

So what should you do? Regular maintenance is key to prevent dull hardwood floors for years to come, but you don’t want to do the wrong thing! The safest and most effective natural way to clean your hardwood floor yourself is so Simple & Quick you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner: Vinegar and water (yes, that is all it takes!). Mix this simple household product with water – 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water – and you’ve got yourself an all-natural cleaning alternative to many of the consumer products on the market. Here are a few other hardwood floor safe DIY options:

Safe Hardwood Cleaning Products:

  • Any alcohol based cleaners
  • Mild soap and water mix
  • Vinegar and water mix *1/4 ratio as noted above

What Not to Do

The one thing you will want to do to save you from headaches in the future is to avoid using acrylic based cleaners! This can be difficult because so many hardwood floor cleaning products on the market have acrylic in them. Acrylic-based cleaning products are typically anything with the words refinish, polish, shine, or sheen in the name. These products will look great immediately after application, but their buildup will actually dull your floors over time. Each extra layer of wax or polish over the surface of the wood reduces the original shine of your beautiful hardwood floors.

Regular use of these products creates layers and layers of acrylic over the surface of your floors, making them appear duller and duller with each application. Here are a few of the most common cleaners listed below that you should try to avoid.

Acrylic Products That Leave Wax Buildup:

  • Bona Refinisher
  • Orange Glo
  • Mop n Glo
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap
  • Rejuvenate
  • Bruce products

A Modernistic Pro Cleaning is the Best Cleaning

Many of the surface scratches homeowners hate to look at are NOT ACTUALLY SCRATCHES IN THE WOOD ITSELF! A large amount of these blemishes to your hardwood floor are often just layers of acrylic that are retaining dirt and scratches over time. You would be amazed at what a state-of-the-art professional hardwood floor cleaning can do to dull hardwood flooring!

The best thing you can do for your floors is to call a specialist like Modernistic. We can test your wood surfaces for built-up acrylic and remove it altogether to reach the hardwood below. Our certified technicians then perform an intense cleaning process that will deep clean down to the wood grain, reaching past the seal applied to the hardwood. Finally, we reseal your newly cleaned and revitalized floors. If you’d like to be proud of your hardwood floors again, then give Modernistic a call!


How To Keep Your Tile From Looking Dingy

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Tile can be an attractive and durable flooring option for your home. It doesn’t show wear nearly as fast as carpet or wood and is more robust than laminate. However, with time you might notice that it is looking a little dingy, especially the grout. The tiles themselves are easy to clean with any kind of mop or brush – but the grout is a different story. Because grout is so porous, it is very susceptible to staining and is much harder to clean than non-porous tiles. Luckily, there are some options to help keep your tile from looking dingy.

While there are many chemicals available in stores for cleaning all the surfaces of your home, sticking to natural solutions is often safer. Some products can permanently discolor grout lines or leave a waxy finish on the tiles. That’s why using a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% hot water is a great option to use on your grout – it’s a safe, all-natural cleaning solution!

The first step to keep your tile from looking dingy is to sweep your floor to remove any excess dirt and debris. After that, apply the vinegar solution to the floor and use a brush to scrub it into the cleaning lines. Buying a brush with a long enough handle to use while standing can help save your back from working on your hands and knees. Once the solution is scrubbed into your grout lines, use a mop to get as much of the liquid up as possible.

If you have more serious grout stains and do decide to use a chemical product on your grout, make sure to test it in an inconspicuous spot such as behind an appliance to make sure there aren’t any adverse effects.

If you don’t have the time to spend possibly a few hours scrubbing your floors, a professional cleaning company might be the best answer. The skilled technicians at Modernistic will use environmentally safe cleaning products to scrub your grout lines before using a truck mounted system at 1000 psi to blast away and vacuum up any dirt and debris. Our cleaning method also removes the cleaning solution and water right then and, after the cleaning, the technicians will wipe any excess water away with towels to make sure the floor is clean and ready to use right away. Check out the video below for more info about the process!

You don’t have to put up with tile floors that have lost their shine. Whether you choose to DIY or call in the pros, you have options to help keep your tile from looking dingy and dirty!

Click on the video below to see our simple & quick tile cleaning process!

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Simple & Quick Ways to Work Out While Cleaning

Posted Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

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We are all busy people, looking for life hacks to get more out of our precious time. It can be hard to spare time for the things we know we need to do, like clean the house and exercise. So, why not kill two birds with one stone? If you are mindful about how you clean, you can keep your heart rate up, burn calories, and work out while cleaning. Make doing chores your fitness routine!

Keep It Moving!

Turn on some up-beat music, set a timer, and challenge yourself to clean faster. Keeping your heart-rate up is the key to getting a good cardiovascular workout. Need a break from cleaning? Make it a dance break! Get a phone call while you are cleaning? Just keep walking around the house or up and down the stairs until the call ends. There’s no time to relax when you’re working out!

Get Down, Get Down, Get Down (On Your Floors)!

Vacuuming, sweeping, or mopping will burn almost 200 calories per hour; Raking leaves can burn even more! While it’s a fantastic workout, make sure to switch arms, since favoring one side can lead to pain. Scrubbing floors on your hands and knees is a great upper body workout. Try to give attention to your form, just like you would at the gym, to avoid injury.

Wax On, Wax Off!

Waxing or washing the car, cleaning windows, or dusting are excellent for working out your arms. To work your legs more, do calf raises while you are washing dishes. While doing laundry you can get in some squats and you can run up and down stairs several times.

Being mindful about how you move, keeping a quick pace, and remembering to have fun will make household chores work for you. Have fun, get fit, and work out while cleaning!

No time to clean or work out? Modernistic is here for your carpet, upholstery, tile, and air ducts. Call or click today to take the Simple & Quick route!


Keep Your Entryway Clean With These Simple & Quick Tips

Posted Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

how to keep your entryway clean and clearThe entryway is an important space; it is the first glimpse visitors get into your home and it is your portal into the outside world! Creating a comfortable and practical space for your family is beneficial to everyone – it helps to have an organized space to start your day! Maintaining a clean and organized entryway is not always easy, so here are 5 tips to keep your entryway clean and clear.

Protect Your Floors

If you have hardwood or linoleum in your entry it is a good idea to place a runner or entry mat down to protect your floors from tracked in dirt, mud, rainwater, and salty snow. This will protect the flooring beneath and reduce the amount of cleaning you must do in the area. When it comes time to clean the runner or entry mat be sure to call Modernistic and ask about our area rug cleaning service!

If you have carpeting in your entry we recommend a different alternative. Unfortunately, long term use of a runner or doormat can flatten out your carpet’s fibers, which can lead to permanent damage!

Instead of covering the carpet with something that could risk damaging the fibers, we recommend you protect the area with an application of 3M Scotchgard. It’s the perfect way to keep your entryway clean. After an application of 3M Scotchgard, your carpet fibers have an extra layer of protection against dirt particles and even water! 3M Scotchgard will actually cause liquid to bead up on the surface, giving you extra time to clean up spills.

Organize Your Shoes

If you find that your entry stores most of your family’s shoes, consider buying a plastic boot tray. Many stores sell decorative plastic trays, and some even carry wooden boot trays! This collects all the dirt and debris that fall off shoes and ends up on the floor.

Boot trays are so easy to clean too: just clear off the shoes, shake it off outside, and wipe it down with hot water and soap!

It can also be beneficial to have a “no shoes in the house” rule. You would be surprised how much dirt can come into a home on shoes that, to the naked eye, appear clean!

Utilize Wall Space

If you don’t have a good space for coats, hats, and scarves, then create one! Find hooks that you like and hang them on an open wall. If you have small children, consider 2 rows of hooks, one higher up and one lower for the kiddos to reach. Your kids will love that they have their own spot for their things.

Good Storage Goes a Long Way

Flat surfaces tend to collect clutter, so make sure everything has its place! Put a decorative bowl in the entryway to collect keys, change, hair ties, and other tiny items. If you have open wall space in your entry, a mirror with hooks can brighten up the area – and gives you a chance to check your appearance before you walk out the door!

Use shoe cubbies or baskets to keep shoes out of the way and organized. Storage benches provide a good place to sit and put your shoes on, and can even provide quite a bit of storage. These can be useful for storing winter hats and scarves in the summertime!

Keep Cleaning Supplies Within Reach

It can be hard to maintain a clean entryway with kids and pets and friends going in and out of the area all day. In order to keep your entryway clean, it has to be convenient to clean! Keep a spray solution and a roll of paper towels tucked away nearby. After your family returns home each day, a quick wipe down of surfaces and handles will really do wonders in maintaining the area. And it’s always nice to have the paper towels nearby to combat any muddy paw or footprints!

What works for one home may not work for yours, but basic organization can go a long way towards reducing mess! Look for storage solutions that work best for your needs. Setting a standard for no shoes in the house is one of the best things you can do to maintain cleanliness. Regular carpet cleaning and area rug cleaning combined with your “no shoes” rule will go a long way to keep your entryway clean and clear! All these things combined will leave you feeling awesome about your entryway, whether you are coming home or heading out the door!

Modernistic has been keeping Michigan’s entryways clean for over 45 years! If your carpet could use a professional touch, contact the Local Quality Friendly experts today!


Have Your Kids Help With Cleaning This Spring

Posted Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

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Cleaning with your kids is a great opportunity to bond, teach life skills, and have some help with housework (they live here too, you know!). Kids aren’t born knowing how to clean, so it is important to choose age appropriate tasks, use one step commands, and model ideal habits. You want to choose tasks that are not too complex or require fine motor-skills beyond the child’s development. Asking a small child to dust breakable knick-knacks might seem simple, but you are setting yourself up for broken glass and tears. With your little ones in mind, here are a few ways to have your kids help with cleaning around the house.

Keep It Simple

One step commands can help prevent kids from being overwhelmed, confused, and distracted. Young kids don’t really understand what “clean your room” means until you teach them. “Put all of your toys into the toy box,” is a one step command that a child can understand. Once that is done, the child will feel a sense of accomplishment, and you can give them another one step command to do.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

It is also important to clean WITH your child. Sending them to another room to clean feels like a punishment, but if they are helping you clean it will feel like teamwork. This gives you an opportunity to demonstrate how to clean, give encouragement, prevent distraction, and share quality time together.

Your child is learning by watching you, so try to keep a positive attitude, give gratitude for their efforts, and look for opportunities to learn and practice skills. Cleaning can give kids a sense of accomplishment, and make them feel like a valuable and contributing part of the family.

Recleaning behind them undermines having your kids help with cleaning. Imagine working hard to learn a new skill, giving your best effort, and having your mentor completely redo your project. Talk about frustrating!

If your child’s attempt isn’t living up to your standards (totally understandable) you can always demonstrate and give advice on how to improve.

Learning Step by Step

Some things, like making a bed, will slowly get better with time. You can start by teaching your child to put a blanket on the top and place pillows/stuffed animals. Eventually you can build on those tasks as their motor skills develop so that, in time, they can make the full bed. It will probably start out looking sloppy, but, with a little patience, your kid will be making the bed like a pro.

Of course, if you know that you are super particular about streak free windows or crisply folded linens, some tasks are better left to you. Be aware of your expectations and your child’s abilities; that way, everybody’s happy!

Chore ≠ Bore

Since not everyone loves to clean (gasp!), here are some ways to make cleaning a bit more fun and engaging for kids:

  • Pump the Tunes  Listening to upbeat music can help anyone at any age with making cleaning a bit more enjoyable. Dance breaks are encouraged. Singing cleanup songs can actually help children focus on simple tasks. Consider adding a cleanup song to your routine!
  • Turn Cleaning Into A Game – How many pieces can we put away in 5 minutes? Can you vacuum the living room faster than you did last time? Breaking up cleaning into these small time chunks provides more opportunities to feel accomplished. This makes cleaning more enjoyable!
  • Jr’s Cleaning Company, Inc – Get your little one a caddy with their own cleaning supplies. Natural cleansers, socks for cleaning floors, microfiber cloth for dusting, kid sized rubber glove, etc. You could even get a little apron or overalls with your child’s name. They can pretend to own a cleaning company, and you could play the customer.
  • Expiration Date Detective Have your child look for expired foods to clean out fridge and pantry. Let them choose a snack (non-expired, of course!) as a reward!

Using these methods to have your kids help with cleaning is a great way to teach them responsibility and instill good habits for the future, but there’s another benefit that’s much more short-term: Your house? It gets cleaned. And you have to do less and less of the work yourself as your kids get older and more capable. Eventually, you can just sit back, refreshing drink and/or snack in hand, while the kids take care of all of the Spring Cleaning themselves, freshening up the house without you having to lift a finger… That’s the dream anyway. Reality may differ slightly!

If your kid can operate a truck-mounted 50k hot water extraction machine capable of injecting 240-degree cleaning solution at 500 PSI and pulling 450 CFM, you probably don’t need Modernistic to clean your carpet. If they can’t, our expert technicians are more than happy to give you the absolute best Spring Cleaning possible! Call or click today.


How to Prevent Carpet Filtration Lines

Posted Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Have you ever noticed the dark lines on your carpeting around the edges of the rooms and underneath doorways? They’re called carpet filtration lines and can be found in many homes, especially in states with colder climates like Michigan. These are unsightly and can be especially difficult to clean, so let’s go through some of the ways to prevent carpet filtration lines.

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What causes carpet filtration lines?

As warm air rises in your home, particularly when your furnace is running, it carries dust, allergens, and pollutants throughout your home. The warmer air actually heads towards cooler temperatures, bringing it down to the carpet as the air tries to pass through the narrow gaps between the floor and wall or underneath closed doors.

In these tight spots, the carpet fibers act as an air filter, gradually collecting the airborne particulates as they go by. The collected pollutants are made up of such tiny particles that they actually bind to the carpeting, slowly building up layer after layer of until there is a visible line.

How do you prevent filtration lines from forming?

Sealing the gaps the best you can between the floor and wall will limit the amount of air that can pass through. Removing the baseboard to apply caulk underneath is the best way – tape can also be used. The other way to prevent filtration lines is to have cleaner air. You can remove allergens and other airborne particulates from your home by having your air ducts professionally cleaned. Also make sure to change the furnace filter regularly in between air duct cleanings.

How do you get rid of carpet filtration lines?

All this information will help prevent carpet filtration lines but what do you do if they’re already there? They can be extremely difficult to remove on your own, so having your carpet professionally cleaned is the best method to get rid of carpet filtration lines. A trained technician, using the power of a truck-mounted steam extraction system, will know the most effective treatments to get those unsightly lines out. Having the technician apply 3M Scotchgard carpet protection after the cleaning will also provide another layer of defense to your carpet fibers.

Modernistic has been helping Michigan homes get rid of carpet filtration lines for over 45 years. If you’re struggling with unseemly lines along your walls and doorways, give us a call!


5 Simple & Quick Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Simple & Quick spring cleaning tips

It’s springtime in Michigan, and you know what that means: most people are spending a good chunk of their free time cleaning and organizing their homes. People are proud of their homes and want the spaces where they spend most of their time to be organized, clean, and comfortable. Spring cleaning takes time, however, so here are a few Simple & Quick Spring Cleaning tips to help you clean more effectively and efficiently. Utilize these and you’ll get more out of your time spent cleaning and you’ll have more time to spend doing fun things!

Make a Cleaning Caddy!

Using a Cleaning Caddy saves you from running back and forth to the kitchen cupboard for cleaning supplies, which ends up saving time and energy so you can get more work done and move on to fun activities! All you need is your most commonly used cleaning supplies and something easy to carry to store them all in!

A Cleaning Caddy is very simple to put together: it is just an easy way to transport all your supplies at once. Some grocery stores make cloth bags designed to hold wine bottles that have 4- 6 little compartments sewn right into the bag.

These work really well because they are very light, washable, and will separate your supplies. If you can’t find a cloth-sectioned bag there are other options! Many stores make cheap plastic cleaning totes, and you can always just utilize a regular cloth tote bag if you cannot find a sectioned one.

Fill your tote with your most commonly used and favorite cleaning supplies: all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, wood cleaner, paper towel, plastic bags (for any trash and used paper towels) and a duster. Take your caddy and have at it.

Dress for the Occasion!

Cleaning can be tough work and can wear you out quickly! One way to make the job easier is to clean in the right clothing. With all the reaching, carrying, scrubbing, and running up and down the stairs, you can heat up quick and get uncomfortable. And discomfort can really slow you down!

Pick clothes that you don’t care too much about. There’s really no reason to wear your best yoga pants while picking up the house, they are definitely going to get covered in dust and grime! Choose some loose sweat pants and a breathable t-shirt. You won’t overheat as quickly and when you are done cleaning just toss everything in the hamper.

Pro tip: If you know you’ll be working on your knees cleaning the tub or organizing cupboards wear knee pads or buy a kneeling pad from the garden section. It will save your knees and you’ll be able to spend more time working on those areas.

De-Clutter before Cleaning

To make sure your cleaning time is spent as efficiently as possible de-clutter the areas beforehand. Work room to room. Clear counters and tabletops or items and papers, then clear the floor. If you don’t have time to organize at the moment make a pile of items to organize and put away later. Removing this clutter clears the path for you to come through and clean surfaces without having to stop to move or re-arrange items.

Clean Top To Bottom

Regardless what room you are cleaning in this can help you save time and energy! Start from the top and work your way down. Dust crown molding and clear cobwebs before washing the walls below. Wipe out cupboards before cleaning the countertops below. Wipe crumbs from countertops and tables and save sweeping or vacuuming for last. If you follow this top to bottom principle in every room you will avoid dirtying areas you have already carefully cleaned. Make a little checklist for each room of what to clean, working from top to bottom.

Make Multitasking Work For You

Most cleaning lists have a lot of different tasks on them, some you may be able to complete while working on others. Before moving on to any other tasks get some items going in the laundry and dishwasher. If you do not have a dishwasher soak some hard to clean pots and pans in hot soapy water!

Now not only are you working on the task at hand but laundry and dishes are getting done at the same time! Listen for the buzzers or set a timer on your phone to check on the laundry or dishwasher, that way you can keep those machines working while you are working.

If you have an essential oil diffuser run that in the rooms you are cleaning to leave them smelling fresh and welcoming. A little bit of multitasking, if carefully done, can go a long way!

You have your Spring Cleaning tips, you have your Cleaning Cubby organized, it’s time to turn on the diffuser, get some laundry started, and get to spring cleaning!

For over 45 years, Modernistic has been making Spring Cleaning in Michigan Simple & Quick. If you want the freshest carpet, upholstery, tile, and air ducts this season, call or click today!  


How To Clean With Vinegar

Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

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Do you know how to clean with vinegar? You have probably heard that vinegar and baking soda can be safe and effective household cleaners. And they can be. But not when you mix them together! Vinegar is a strong acid that can break down soap residue, oils, hard water stains, and glue from stickers. Baking Soda is an alkaline, and can loosen baked-on grease, absorb odors, and brighten teeth. Adding one to the other will neutralize their effectiveness and knock out all of their power.

The Science Behind It

Distilled white vinegar is made from acetic acid and water. When combined with the sodium bicarbonate in baking soda you get a fizzy chemical reaction. This may be fun and exciting, but it isn’t actually helping you clean!

After the foaming action, you are left with water and a small amount of sodium acetate salt; the bubbles are carbon dioxide escaping into the air. If you don’t have the exact perfect ratio of vinegar and baking soda, the water will have some acid or alkaline left in.

That mild acid or alkaline solution, the physical blotting that is usually recommended, along with the placebo effect from the foaming action, and people think it works.

Vinegar, Straight Up

When using vinegar as a cleanser, it is best to use white distilled vinegar. This is partly because you don’t want any color from the vinegar to stain what you are trying to clean. Also, because white distilled vinegar is made in a lab, instead of by natural fermentation like other culinary vinegars, the strength will be more consistent.

A 50/50 solution of white distilled vinegar and water can be used to clean many surfaces in your home. Spray on windows and wipe off with newspaper for a streak free shine. This cleanser will work great on most hard surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom.

However, do not use vinegar on hardwood floors, wax floors, granite/marble countertops, or egg spills (it will scramble the egg).

It is a great rinse for fruits and veggies because it is a mild disinfectant. You can also soak a well used loofah sponge in the cleaning solution to dissolve soap residue.

Vinegar On Your Carpet

It is usually not a good idea to use vinegar to clean your carpet. If you have a natural fiber carpet the vinegar could cause serious and permanent damage. Most soiling in your carpet is acidic, and so a commercial alkaline cleaning will be the best choice.

Pet urine has both uric acid and alkaline crystals, so it is especially best left to professionals. Adding too much liquid to a pet stain can cause it to soak in deeper to your carpet, pad, and even into your subfloor.

If you have a hard water stain, like salty winter brine from snowy boots, you might want to try the vinegar solution to break down the calcium and other minerals. If your carpet has a build-up of soap in it from improper cleaning technique, you may want to try the vinegar solution. In both of these special cases, only if you know your carpet is NOT a natural material.

Often times, simply removing surface dirt with a vacuum or brush, spraying a little water, and blotting from the outside in is the best way to treat common carpet spots. The technique is more important than the product, but you don’t want to use products that will damage your carpet.


How Often Should I Get My Carpet Cleaned in 2018?

Posted Monday, February 5th, 2018

How do you get the most out of your carpet?

Chances are, you vacuum weekly and blot up the occasional stain on a regular basis. For a lucky few, that’s good enough for them; maybe they don’t need their carpet to last very long, or they just plain don’t walk on it. But for the rest of us, we need to ensure our carpet’s longevity and protect the investment we made in our homes. If you find yourself asking How often should I get my carpet cleaned this year? – keep reading!

Manufacturer’s Recommendations  

Most carpet manufacturers recommend having a professional steam clean the carpets every 12-18 months to maintain the warranty. That’s the absolute minimum, according to the people who make carpet! Aside from cleaning to maintain a warranty, there are a few other factors to consider when deciding how often to get your carpets cleaned.

Here’s What You Need To Know

Carpet cleaning frequency depends on your family’s needs. Every home is different and every family’s needs vary. Smaller households with no pets may only need to get their carpets steam cleaned once a year. On the other hand a larger household with multiple pets would benefit from more frequent cleanings, 2-4 times a year. If you or a family member suffer from allergies consider having your carpet steam cleaned every 2-3 months. Professional steam cleaning will drastically reduce allergens in your home, and sometimes, depending on the home, there are even more allergens indoors than outdoors! For many people the holidays are a culmination of special events and special guests and having a clean home to host it all in is very important. Cleaning to prepare for special occasions is always a big deal, but the carpets are often overlooked! Nothing can freshen up a room quite like a steam cleaning. A lot of people either plan a cleaning before the holidays to prepare, or after the holidays to remedy any spills or spots that may have occurred during the festivities.  Some people plan on both!

Regardless of how often you have a professional out to steam clean your home there are ways to help maintain its cleanliness. Most professional carpet cleaners offer to apply Carpet Protection once the cleaning has been completed. Carpet Protection (like 3M Scotchgard) creates a protective barrier between your carpet and any dirt, dust, or spills that may touch your carpeting.  Liquid will not saturate the fibers as quickly and keeps spills and stains up on the surface, giving you more time to clean up. Applying Carpet Protection is the best way to maintain the clean look and feel of your carpet between professional cleanings.  Although there is no scientific method to determine the best possible carpet cleaning schedule a good rule of thumb is this: if it looks dirty or dingy, schedule a cleaning!

Families across Michigan have depended on Modernistic to get the most out of their carpets for over 40 years. Contact us today to see how you can prolong the life of your carpet – the Simple & Quick way!


How to Remove Salt Stains from your Business’s Carpet

Posted Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Yes, it snowed again over the weekend. Sigh. It’s always about this time that people across Michigan start to get a little tired of winter. The cold, the snow, the road salt stains on their carpet and shoes; The holidays are over, winter can end anytime! Bring on summer!

Before we can get there, though, we have to deal with this snow. Obviously, you can’t let it pile up right outside your business, so you pay someone to remove it. And, of course, salt the sidewalk and steps so your customers don’t slip and slide all over the place. That’s where the trouble starts.

Necessary, but not Necessarily Good for your Carpet

If you’ve noticed unsightly white spots accumulating in the carpet near the entryway, you have a salt problem. Salt crystals stick to customers’ feet, and when they walk in from the wintery outdoors, these crystals get transferred to your carpet. A simple process, to be sure, but the consequences can be complicated and frustrating! Have you ever tried to remove salt stains from your business’s carpet by yourself? Did the spot look good at first, but then the exact same stain kept reappearing and reappearing and reappearing? We know. We’ve been there, it’s not fun!

To keep your business looking its best, Modernistic has put together a few ways to prevent and remove salt stains from your business’s carpet.

Prevention (Worth a Pound of Cure)

Floor Mats – Ok, to get the obvious out of the way, use floor mats. Use them! More than 1, preferably. If the space outside your business’s front door allows it, place a good outdoor mat right outside your door in addition to the mat just inside your door. Double floor mats = half the amount of salt making its way inside to your carpet.

Vacuum – Every. Day. Is it tedious? Sure, but removing the salt crystals before they get ground into your carpet fibers will help tremendously. Make vacuuming part of your closing checklist, and if you can manage it, vacuum at least once during the day when foot traffic is light. If you’re lucky enough to have associates working for you, they need something to do when it’s not busy, right?

Put Up A Sign – Right inside your entryway that says “Please Wipe Your Feet”. Sure, not every customer will read it, but more people being mindful about what they’re tracking in to your business can’t hurt!

Removal

Vacuum – That’s right, vacuum is on the list twice! For very light salt spots not ground into the fibers, a concentrated vacuuming can lighten the spot considerably or remove it entirely.

DIY (Do It Yourself) – Since salt crystals love to stick to carpet fibers, you might need a little “chemical persuasion” to loosen them up. Mix up a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water, then apply to the affected area using a sponge or towel. Agitate the solution into the carpet by gently scrubbing the spot with your towel or fingers. Wait 5 minutes, then blot up the liquid with a dry towel. Repeat as necessary, since salt stains can be extremely stubborn.

**NOTE** If you like your carpet at all, please don’t use soap of any kind. Soap will leave a residue that will actually attract more dirt and salt, making your problem much worse in the long run.

DITEW (Do It The Easy Way) – If you’re a busy person (or not keen on your business smelling like vinegar), have a professional take care of those pesky spots. To get the best results, make sure the professional you hire uses a truck-mounted hot water extraction method, AKA steam cleaning. Also, make sure they use an emulsifier and specialized products that specifically treat salt stains – someone using regular “shampoo” will only attract dirt and salt, making the problem worse!  

There are a few different ways to prevent and remove salt stains from your business’s carpet, but these are the most effective. We put up with a lot to live in Michigan during the winter, but you don’t have to put up with pesky salt stains!

For over 40 years, Modernistic has been dedicated to restoring the health of homes and businesses across Michigan with our award-winning service, start to finish! To learn more about how we can help keep the salt out of your business’s carpet, contact your local Modernistic for a free cleaning quote!