April 21, 2017 on 9:00 am

As part of our commitment to helping our customers find the best floor care brands, 1877FloorGuy has developed a new way to help you quickly find the products you need. You can now shop by brand to discover the best floor cleaners, polishes, strippers and more for your hardwood, vinyl (including luxury vinyl tile and vinyl composition tile), stone and tile, laminate, oiled wood, rubber, carpet and more. Now you can easily narrow down our huge selection so that you can pick up the products you need in a flash.

1877FloorGuy is proud to offer a wide range of floor care products developed by the best floor makers. For example, you can clean and maintain using products made by Armstrong, Mannington, Forbo, Mohawk, Shaw and more using products that thoroughly clean without affecting the appearance or quality of your floors. We also have a wide range of high-quality floor cleaning products and supplies that can be used on various branded floors, including solutions by Bona, Woca, 3M, Square Scrub, Diversey, Capture, Nylac and more. The 1877FloorGuy team is always available to help you select the appropriate cleaners for your floor. For one-on-one advice, simply contact us.

April 7, 2017 on 9:00 am

As part of the Armstrong flooring family, Hartco manufactures quality wood flooring in a wide range of stylish finishes for beautiful and long-lasting residential hardwood applications designed to resolve tough cleaning problems. Armstrong World Industries acquired Hartco Hartwood Floors in 1998, but Hartco has been manufacturing performance hardwood flooring since 1946. When Armstrong purchased Hartco, they continued to manufacture Hartco floors using the same manufacturing process. 1877FloorGuy can help you find the right Hartco floor care products to keep your floors in great shape. If you have any questions about these cleaners or need one-on-one advice, give us a call at 1-877-FloorGuy or send an email to our experts.

To ensure that your floors are properly cared for and maintained according to Armstrong’s recommendations, pick up one of our Armstrong branded floor cleaners, such as Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner. This easy-to-apply spray cleaner can be used for routine cleaning, spot cleaning and removing tough stains such as lipstick and ink from your Hartco floors. To restore the luster, shine and beauty to your flooring, be sure to explore our selection of Armstrong Floor Finish options. Armstrong Pattern-Plus Shine has been replaced by Armstrong Shinekeeper Resilient Floor Finish, which provides a high-quality clean to floors that have lost their original shine. This finish will effectively restore your dull, dingy and worn-looking Hartco flooring to like-new condition.

March 29, 2017 on 9:00 am

How to Remove Carpet Mold

Whether you’re restoring an old house or have discovered the growth of unsightly mold in your basement or bathroom, 1877FloorGuy can help. Mold is caused by excess humidity, which creates a hospitable environment for the growth of mycotoxins, a potentially toxic substance that can cause adverse health conditions. Besides the unpleasant, musty smell of mold, this growth can cause potential risks ranging from allergic reactions to asthma attacks. Cleaning moldy carpet can help keep you and your family safe without the high cost and effort associated with complete carpet replacement.

With that being said, in many cases, cleaning your carpet to remove mold will not be possible. For example, if the mold has occurred in several areas of the carpet or if there is a large area of growth that takes up the majority of the carpet area, then you will likely need to replace the carpet. We recommend cleaning moldy carpet only when it is detected early and hasn’t spread to the rest of your carpet. The key to these scenarios is to equip your space with high-quality dehumidifiers and ensure that there is no standing water or other moisture buildup that can cause mold to grow or spread.

Quick Tips for Carpet Mold Removal

  • Clean Dry — It may seem obvious, but introducing more moisture to a mold-prone environment is counterintuitive to tackling the problem. Always clean with a dry carpet cleaner like Host for the best possible results.
  • Protect Yourself — You never want to embark on any mold remediation task without the necessary safety gear. We highly recommend wearing a facemask, goggles, gloves and protective clothing to ensure that you’re not further exposed to potentially toxic mold spores.
  • Kill the Mold — After you’ve thoroughly cleaned your carpet with a dry cleaner, you can use an anti-fungal spray or solution (we recommend Vital Oxide spray) to thoroughly kill all residual spores.

Steps for Carpet Mold Removal

Gather the recommended supplies and follow the general steps below for best results removing mold from your carpets.

Necessary Supplies

  • Protective wear: facemask, goggles, elbow-length cleaning gloves, protective clothing
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Stiff carpet brush
  • Dry carpet cleaning product
  • Dry carpet cleaning machine
  • Anti-fungal spray or solution such as Vital Oxide spray

How to Get Rid of Carpet Mold

  1. Before beginning, put on protective clothing and a facemask to lower your risk of breathing in airborne mold spores that can make you sick.
  2. Open windows to encourage appropriate ventilation in the space.
  3. First, prepare your carpets for cleaning. If you’re working with a rug, remove the rug and work outside.
  4. Use a stiff carpet brush to loosen surface layers of mold from the top layer of the carpet. You may also hit surrounding floors that look like they have some mold growth during this step.
  5. Thoroughly vacuum carpets to get rid of any surface dirt.
  6. Next, you’ll want to use a dry carpet cleaner to completely clean the mold.
  7. To use Host:
    1. Apply about nine handfuls of Host powder to a 10-foot by 10-foot area of carpet.
    2. Apply additional Host powder on highly damaged areas and high foot traffic areas like entranceways and hallways, and less in areas where people don’t walk.
    3. Try not to place Host powder in areas where there is no soil, like in corners or closely along the walls.
    4. Brush Host through the carpet using the Host Dry-Clean Machine. Go over the carpet a total of three times with the machine.
    5. After an hour, thoroughly vacuum the carpet.
  8. Place a dehumidifier in the room to help the carpet dry out. Leave it running for a few days following your cleaning to get rid of any remaining mold spores and to encourage completely dry carpet fibers.
  9. Clean your vacuum, carpet brush and carpet cleaning machine using an anti-fungal solution to ensure that residual spores are killed.
March 21, 2017 on 9:00 am

Armstrong Floor Cleaning & CareSince Armstrong manufactures floors with various unique finishes and constructions, it’s no surprise that they’ve developed their very own line of hardwood and laminate floor care products. Armstrong floor care includes a variety of cleaning products and protectants for hardwood, ceramic, laminate, vinyl, LVT, plank, sheet vinyl and natural linoleum. This collection includes best-selling ready-to-use floor cleaners such as Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner that refreshes flooring in three easy steps. Simply sweep, spray and mop. 1877FloorGuy offers this spray-on cleaner in a 32-ounce spray bottle and a 64-ounce refill option as well as a complete kit that includes the cleaner and a full-length swivel-head mop.

1877FloorGuy has many top-quality hardwood floor revivers, such as Bruce Fresh Finish, that you can Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaneruse to thoroughly revitalize old, dull or worn Armstrong hardwood floors. This cleaner is part of Armstrong’s family of products and can be used as a replacement for Armstrong Restore Hardwood Floor Finish. This finish is a good choice for Armstrong floors requiring two-in-one convenience, as it not only refreshes the look of your floors but also provides it with protection from nicks and scratches.

Armstrong also makes several mops and microfiber mop covers to help you preserve your Armstrong flooring without compromising the beauty, shine and durability of the finish. Although these Armstrong cleaning products include many branded products that can be used on Armstrong floors, they’re also appropriate for use on many other flooring brands as well. Additionally, Armstrong manufactures floors under the names Hartco, Bruce and Robbins, and 1877FloorGuy has many products that are suitable for care and maintenance of those brands. 1877FloorGuy has an extensive history selling Armstrong floor care products, so we can always assist you with finding the appropriate cleaner.

March 9, 2017 on 9:00 am

Floor Machine Uses from Floor Prep to Cleaning

The beauty of a modern-day floor machine is that it can be used for a wide variety of flooring applications, including cleaning, buffing, sanding, finish removal and more. That’s because floor machines use adaptable brush technologies allowing you to switch out the brush to meet your specific needs.

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Common Applications for Floor Cleaners:

  • Hard-surface floor cleaning
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Tile and grout cleaning
  • Buffing
  • Polishing
  • Sanding
  • Stripping
  • Finish removal
  • Hardwood floor repair
  • Floor restoration

1877FloorGuy has some of the most versatile floor cleaning and preparation machines on the market. If you’re looking for a top-notch floor cleaner for hard-surface and carpeted floors, shop our selection of Tornado Automatic Scrubber Machines. For cleaning and floor preparation applications, peruse our variety of Square Scrub Floor Machines.

Where to Use Floor Machines

The floor machines in our selection are uniquely designed to perform well in commercial facilities such as hospitals, schools, hotels, nursing homes, retail spaces, restaurants, restrooms and other demanding environments. Some are equipped with technologies that allow for cordless operation and low volume output, so you can safely run these machines in busy commercial spaces. Additionally, they will help control moisture, mold, bacteria and allergies in your facility. 1877FloorGuy can help you finance floor machines for your business.

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March 3, 2017 on 9:00 am

New Year’s Cleaning Guide: 5 Tips to Help with your Cleaning Resolution

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    Instead, implement a routine dry carpet cleaning regimen using powerful at-home carpet cleaners by brands such as Host and Nylac. Bonus: you’ll save a ton when you reduce the amount of professional carpet cleanings required each year.
  2. Go for Professional Cleaning Supplies — Add a professional edge to your home cleaning routine when you choose commercial-grade mops and cleaning supplies by O-Cedar and Libman. These tough mops help eradicate the most difficult dirt and debris throughout your home. Also consider if your flooring brand recommends a particular cleaning product for best results.
  3. Recolor and Seal Grout — You don’t have to completely replace the tired, dingy tiles in your bathroom or kitchen for a dazzling new look. Instead, refresh/recolor and seal your grout with easy-to-use Aqua Mix Grout Colorant Kits that make your grout look like new again available in 20 color options.
  4. Refresh Hardwood — Nothing makes your home feel squeaky clean like a deep hardwood floor refresh. Choose a hardwood cleaner that’s specifically recommended by your flooring manufacturer for the best possible results. 1877FloorGuy features products such as Bona Professional Wood Refresher and Basic Coatings Intensive Floor Treatment for wood flooring.
  5. Prevent Tracked-In Dirt — Stop dirt, ice, snow and moisture from entering your home when you invest in a high-quality entry door mat. These mats prevent ground-in dirt and debris from damaging your floor’s surface over time.
February 23, 2017 on 9:00 am

bruce-feature-imageBruce Hardwood is the No. 1 best-selling brand of hardwood in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that they offer their own line of top-quality floor cleaners, many of which are available at 1877FloorGuy. Now owned by Armstrong, Bruce has over a century of experience producing quality flooring, including hardwood and laminate. Most of their hardwood offerings are sourced from hardwood grown in the U.S. in the Appalachian Mountains region to provide a clear grain, consistent color and long-term stability. Plus, 70 percent of Bruce hardwood floors are made from premium and select-grade hardwood to minimize streaks, knots and flaws. Bruce laminate floors feature high-definition imaging and advanced embossing techniques to provide an authentic and realistic look and texture with a long-lasting, low-maintenance draw.

January 16, 2017 on 9:00 am

cleaning-tips-for-spotless-bathroom-imageFour Cleaning Tips for Keeping Your Bathroom Spotless

  1. Refresh Grout — One of the simplest ways to refresh or recolor your dingy, tired grout is to use Grout-Aide Markers. The DIY grout recoloring kits from Grout-Aide include everything you need to transform stained grout from dirty to like-new, including the grout colorant and a brush that makes application a breeze.
  2. Use Commercial Cleaning Supplies — Your bathroom doesn’t have to see the same abuse as a public restroom to benefit from a commercial-grade mop and bucket system. A Libman commercial mop and mop bucket, for example, will help you target those stubborn spots and stains that build up on bathroom floors over time.
  3. Clean and Disinfect at Once — Choosing a two-in-one cleaner and disinfectant is a fantastic way to ensure that your bathroom looks spotless and isn’t hospitable to bacterial growth. Vital Oxide Multi-Surface Disinfectant Cleaner will work wonders in bathrooms with tile, laminate, concrete, carpeting and other surfaces.
  4. Keep Cleaner Handy — Make sure to have a spray cleaner, such as Aqua Mix AquaKleen, and microfiber cloth handy to address spills as they occur. Store these essentials beneath the sink to quickly address spills from hair products, contact lenses, soap and more. A quick spray and wipe each day will help to preserve stone counters by removing substances that might leave behind residue or erode the stone surface if they’re not removed routinely.
January 6, 2017 on 9:00 am

mannington-logo-1Mannington Mills, Inc. is a world-renowned manufacturer of fine flooring specializing in residential and commercial sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl, laminate, hardwood and porcelain tile floors as well as commercial carpet and rubber under the Mannington Residential, Mannington Commercial, Amtico and Burke brands. This Salem, NJ-based flooring company was founded in 1915 and, after a factory fire, moved to Mannington Township, NJ and was aptly renamed. Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, Mannington continues to manufacture fine-quality commercial and residential flooring with a focus on beauty, easy maintenance and value.

mann-group1877FloorGuy is the best place to shop for your residential Mannington floors. In fact, 1877FloorGuy Owner and Founder Reggie Hill was the manager of installation training at Mannington Mills before he started his own company. We work closely with this brand to ensure that our customers find the most trusted cleaning products for keeping their Mannington flooring in tip-top shape. Mannington has their own line of branded floor cleaning products for residential hardwood, laminate and vinyl Mannington floors. These cleaners were uniquely developed by Mannington to ensure thorough cleaning without damaging appearance or performance.

We offer a wide range of Mannington floor cleaners, including the best-selling Mannington UltraClean as well as all-inclusive cleaner kits that you can use to thoroughly refresh and restore your Mannington floors. 1877FloorGuy hosts a private shopping portal for Mannington customers to help them find the best Mannington hardwood floor care products for their unique needs.

December 15, 2016 on 9:00 am

Finance floor machine equipment from 1877floorguy

How to Get Cleaning Equipment NOW

Your business needs vital equipment to thrive. As an industry leader in floor care, 1877FloorGuy is happy to offer FINANCING so you can get the floor scrub machine needed to help you win jobs big and small. For a low monthly payment, you can lease to own floor scrubbers, floor preparation machines, scrub brushes pads, cleaning supplies and other essential equipment from our inventory of top-of-the-line products.

Ready to get started? Click here for more information or to get a quote now. Apply online and get a quick answer from Leasing Corp of America.Their turn around time is quick when you submit an application for financing.

Currently, 1877FloorGuy is proud to lease the following floor scrubbing machines and surface preparation machines from Square Scrub and Tornado:

Square Scrub Floor Scrub Machine Tornado BR13-1 Floor Scrubber with Transport Dolly floor-machine-logos

Scrub pads and brushes that are used with your floor machine can be included with a qualifying purchase. Scrub pads and brushes might include Square Scrub Pads or Square Scrub Screens3M Pads– rotary or doodle scrub, Tornado brushes and more. Caddy Clean equipment also qualifies for financing when purchasing multiple machines and brushes or scrub pads to reach the $2000 qualifying minimum.

Feel free to contact us anytime if you have additional questions about financing available to help you purchase now and pay later or read the Financing Information on our website.

December 6, 2016 on 9:00 am

kahrs-logo-1With over 150 years in the business, Kahrs is one of the industry’s oldest hardwood floor manufacturers. Founded in Sweden by the Kahrs family, this long-term floor manufacturer carved out its name in the flooring world by producing early wood floors that resisted gapping, twisting and cupping. Today, Kahrs produces a wide variety of beautiful and practical modern engineered multi-layered hardwood floor options.

kahrs-spray-cleaner-and-satin-oil-wood-backgroundKahrs is the inventor of revolutionary flooring components, such as the multi-layer board floor and the glue-free Woodloc joint that provides faster, easier installation. This brand now manufactures factory-finished wood floors, oiled wood floors and high-gloss finished floors that bring exceptional beauty and long-term performance to your home. 1877FloorGuy is committed to helping you keep your Kahrs lacquered and oiled floors looking their best with branded Kahrs cleaners and more.

1877FloorGuy has a wide variety of Kahrs wood floor care products designed to help you maintain your Kahrs flooring. Our selection includes the popular Kahrs Wood Cleaner as well as wood floor care kits and touch-up kits for keeping your floors in tip-top shape

November 4, 2016 on 9:00 am

best-for-cleaning-laminate-image-feature1877FloorGuy has hand-picked the best laminate floor cleaners to help keep your flooring clean and bright for the long-term. Explore our laminate floor care page to find an assortment of hand-selected cleaners chosen by our team. Here are a few simple tips for choosing the right cleaner.

Rule number obona-stl-product-image-1ne of laminate floor cleaning: check your manufacturer’s maintenance guide for recommended cleaners. Many big-name laminate-makers — including Pergo, Armstrong, Bruce, Mohawk and Shaw — manufacture their own laminate floor cleaning products specifically for their own unique lines of laminate flooring. Other flooring brands, like Quick-Step call out cleaners that are proven to reliably uphold the finished surface on their brand of laminate. Following the maker’s recommended products and maintenance instructions will help you maintain your warranty and clean floors the right way.

hd-product-image-2Pergo flooring and Quick-Step flooring were recently purchased by Mohawk. Pergo floors can be cleaned using Mohawk cleaners, and you can safely clean Quick-Step floors with these products from Quick-Step’s line of Performance cleaners. We also recommend Bona cleaners for cleaning Pergo and Quick-Step laminate floors. If you don’t know your flooring brand or if the brand doesn’t recommend a particular cleaner, then you can trust cleaners by Bona and Hilway Direct for cleaning a wide variety of laminate brands without leaving streaks or residue.

The bottom line is that the best laminate floor cleaner is always the one that’s the safest for your unique brand of laminate. 1877FloorGuy can always help you find those specific products or compensate with appropriate alternatives if you contact us by phone or e-mail.

May 31, 2012 on 6:06 pm

Hilway Direct Hardwood & Laminate Floor CleanerIn recent years, many major flooring manufacturers have discontinued their brand-specific floor cleaners leaving customers unsure where to turn for a quality floor cleaner at a reasonable price. Homeowners have tried various methods to clean their no-wax wood and laminate flooring with results often ranging from bad to worse. Vinegar and water, long touted as a miracle cleaner, is actually harmful to wood and laminate floors due to the acidic nature of vinegar and the penetrating qualities of water. Together they can dull a floor’s finish and irreparably distort and warp the floor. Grocery-store bought hardwood or laminate floor cleaners typically contain ingredients that leave residue on the floor that attracts dirt and is difficult, if not impossible, to remove. This often appears as a cloudy film covering the floor.

no-vinegar-symbolHilway Direct saw the need to provide homeowners with a clear and simple quality option for cleaning their polyurethane and factory finished hardwood and laminate floors. Hilway Direct’s NEW Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner delivers superior cleaning capability, ease of use and straight-forward product selection…at an affordable price.

Hilway Direct provides a premixed, perfectly blended, daily cleaner making it easy to clean no-wax wood & laminate flooring. In addition, Hilway Direct Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner is also approved to properly clean cork, bamboo and vinyl flooring. This ready-to-use cleaner and a microfiber mop are all you’ll need to easily lift dirt and grease without leaving a film, residue or streaks and with no measuring or rinsing required while being safe for use around children and pets. Just spray and mop!

Customers who have already tried Hilway Direct Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner say it’s the best cleaner they’ve used on their floor. Hilway Direct Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner is available in two convenient sizes- 32oz Spray and 1 Gallon Refill. Both are ready-to-use formulas that require no measuring and no mixing which means easy, no-hassle cleaning for homeowners.

May 3, 2012 on 5:41 pm

What Gloss Level Should I Use On My Floor?

gloss-level-ideaThere are three main classifications of gloss when it comes to flooring, High-gloss, Semi-gloss and Matte. When selecting a gloss level for wood, laminate or vinyl flooring consider these factors…

High-gloss provides a bright finish that reflects the most light which will highlight scuffs, scratches and other marks.  Heavy foot-traffic, high-heel shoes, rolling carts and pets will show wear on a high-gloss finish.  With frequent routine maintenance a high-gloss shine can be successfully maintained.

Low-gloss, also known as Matte finish, has the lowest available shine because it absorbs the most light.  The shine is often referred to as being a “natural” shine.  This low luster makes marks, scuffs and scratches less noticeable.  Matte or satin finish level requires less maintenance and re-coating than high or semi-gloss finishes.


Semi-gloss, 
also known as Satin finish, provides modest shine to a floor while requiring less maintenance than its high-gloss counterpart.  Semi-gloss has more pizzaz than a matte finish.

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When deciding on gloss level for a floor, consider the following:

  • Where the floor is located and the type of traffic it sees.
  • How diligent you’ll be with sweeping, mopping and refinishing.
  • If buffing by machine is required after finish is applied and if you have the necessary equipment to do so.
  • Always read full product information about your floor before selecting and applying finish then test it in a small, inconspicuous area before full application.
  • Some brands of flooring recommend proprietary finishes while others will tell you a type of finish leaving brand selection to you.

 

August 25, 2011 on 8:00 am

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Hey, Don’t Blame the Carpet,  an article in Hotel Industry Magazine’s online publication, features Host Dry Carpet Cleaning System.  The article highlights the benefits of using a dry carpet cleaner such as Host Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaning.

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Host is effective for cleaning a small area or an entire room with a dry extraction powder that dries quickly, eliminates mold & mildew issues and reduces allergans.  Applications include hospitality, healthcare, commercial & residential.

Host is Green Seal Certified, recognized by US EPA Design for the Environment (DfE), earns LEED credits and is approved by the Florida School Plant Managers Association (FSPMA) for carpet cleaning products based on performance, safety and environmental criteria.

July 28, 2011 on 8:00 am

Late Night LaundromatHave you ever had something stink and no matter how many times you clean it, the smell is never quite gone? My most recent experience was with my son’s backpack. He returned from a Boy Scout camping trip with a “wet dog” smell in his backpack and on the items that were in the backpack.

Turns out, it wasn’t a dog that got into his stuff but a raw egg.  He had the bright idea to transport an egg in his backpack for use as a target on the shooting range … needless to say the egg didn’t quite make it.  Instead, it got “scrambled” inside his backpack.

So, we had his backpack, rain gear and few other items that had a nasty stink that two regular wash cycles couldn’t conquer.  I didn’t want to use bleach because it might damage these items that require a delicate wash cycle.

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It turned out that my son’s timing with this mess couldn’t have been better! 1877floorguy.com had just received the first shipment of new Odorcide 210 Products for Cigarette Smoke, Fire&Flood and (the one I needed) Laundry!

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Next day I brought home a 16oz accumix bottle of Odorcide Laundry and we gave it a try.  Directions on the bottle told me how much to add to the wash load depending on the severity of the odor.  I let my son squeeze the right amount into the accumix reservoir and we added it to the wash cycle.

After one gentle wash cycle (gentle because we were washing a backpack and raingear) the bad odor was completely gone! A fresh scent was noticeable and it wasn’t flowery either, just a mild, clean smell, not overpowering.

I later used Odorcide Laundry for his sneakers which had a pungent odor from sweaty feet.  It was so bad that it greeted me when I entered his room.  Again, one wash cycle and the smell was GONE!  In the past I had used bleach in the wash to rid sneakers of bad odors, but this worked so much better!

So… for all the not-so-fresh-smelling stuff in your life, I highly recommend the Odorcide 210 Family of Products!  Intended for use in Residential & Commercial applications, it is safe for use on a wide range of surfaces such as carpet, wood, laminate, upholstery, most fabrics and ceiling tiles.  Safe also for use around people and pets.  Can be applied using a sprayer, fogger, via immersion and in laundry machines.

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Choose the Odorcide that best suits your needs:

Laundry

Fire & Flood

Cigarette Smoke

Dumpster & Chute

Original (Concentrate or Ready-to-Use)

Fresh Scent

July 18, 2011 on 2:50 pm

Vital Oxide disinfectsVital-Oxide, EPA Registered as a Hospital Disinfectant and NSF Certified for use on no-rinse Food Prep Surfaces.

This broad spectrum disinfectant cleaner is proven to effectively eliminate and protect against harmful bacteria, viruses, mold & mildew including MRSA, E-Coli, H1N1 & more using new chlorine dioxide technology.

Safe for people, pets and the environment, clear, odorless, not caustic or corrosive. Vital Oxide is a non-irritant to skin, requires no protective gloves or gear during use and leaves no residue where it is applied.

Safe on a wide range of surfaces including fabrics, carpets, laminate, glass, sealed concrete and ceramic tile including shower curtains, under sinks, in basements and crawl spaces – anywhere mold, viruses or bacteria can be found.  Vital Oxide is even an effective additive in laundry machines to disinfect linens, clothing, etc during normal wash cycles.

  1. EPA Registered (no. 82972-1) as a Hospital Disinfectant and effective against MRSA, VRE & Norovirus.
    • Broad-spectrum antimicrobial effective on a wide variety of bacteria, yeasts, viruses, fungi, spores, molds, mildews, and other microbes and can be used on hard surfaces, carpet and fabrics.
    • Vital Oxide kills 99.999% of bacteria, including e Coli, Salmonella and Listeria in less than 60 seconds.
  2. NSF Certified (no.141392, category D2) acceptable for use as a sanitizer on surfaces not always requiring a rinse (D2) in and around food processing areas.
    • Ideal for Restaurant and Hospitality environments to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria in food service areas & beyond.
    • Vital Oxide eliminates offensive airborne and surface odors and will not alter the taste of food prepared on surfaces that have been cleaned with Vital Oxide.

Use Vital Oxide wherever bad odors, mold, mildew or bacteria are present. Use in Schools, Hospitals, Restaurants, Hotels, Homes, Gyms and on Sporting equipment.

MSDS, Registrations & Certification Documents are available on our website.

June 30, 2011 on 5:50 pm

Mannington Ultra Clean NEW & IMPROVED!Adura Stonehenge_Walnut Porcelain Laminate

Mannington Ultra Clean NOW AVAILABLE!

The first truckload of New & Improved Mannington Ultra Clean has just delivered to our warehouse.  Our Fulfillment Associates are packing orders for Ultra Clean as quickly as possible.  If you haven’t already done so, PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW!

The new, improved Mannington Ultra Clean has been formulated to clean a broader range of Mannington residential floors including no-wax hardwood, laminate, Adura® and porcelain.  Like the original formula, this cleaner is non-toxic, water-based, leaves NO dulling residue and is still available in a 32oz Spray Bottle.

May 16, 2011 on 3:30 pm

Diversey Taski Vision Matte Floor Finish -DISCONTINUEDDiversey’s Taski Vision Matte Floor Finish has, recently, been discontinued in all sizes. 

We’ve had many customers ask for a comparable replacement and have been recommending Hilway Direct, Matte Floor Finish.  The Hilway Direct product is a hard-wearing, highly resistant acrylic floor finish for use on vinyl, linoleum, rubber, cork and other hard surface flooring.  Like Taski Vision Matte it is applied post installation and exhibits quality performance in application, sheen, scuff resistance and ease of cleaning.

hdmatteHilway Direct Matte Flooring Finish is available through 1877floorguy.com and comes in a 1.33 Gallon size.

Hilway Direct floor finish is also available in Satin and Gloss.

 

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May 4, 2011 on 2:53 pm

cork floorCork flooring has been gaining popularity in the US market however many are skeptical because they don’t know much about it.  Here are some bits of information about cork that you may not have known.  For example, cork was widely used as a flooring material in the 1950s.  If your house was constructed in the ‘50s, there is a chance that cork floors are hidden beneath wall to wall carpeting.  Depending on the condition of the cork, you may be able to sand & refinish it for an eco-friendly, trendy floor.  Here’s some more to know about cork…

Cork has a cellular construction that provides cushion under your step making it easier on the feet, legs and back especially when standing for long stretches. 

The resilience of cork reduces the impact of fallen objects, such as glass or china, which would likely shatter on a wood or ceramic floor.

Shhh.  Cork is quiet underfoot.

Cork is forgiving (but not impervious) when you drop something that dents or punctures because it “recovers” or bounces back, kind of like memory foam.  Minor damage is inconspicuous.  Major damage can often be repaired.

Cork is eco-friendly because it is a strictly regulated and renewable natural product made from the bark of cork oak trees that are at least 25 years old.  Removal of the bark does not harm the tree and the bark grows back.  It can be harvested again in intervals of 9 years.

Cork has natural fire-resistant (not fireproof) properties and does not release toxins (good for air quality) if it does burn.

Cork is naturally resistant to mold and mildew.

Cork is resistant to insects, such as termites or carpenter ants, because of suberin, a natural component of cork, which repels critters.

Most of today’s cork floors are coated with polyurethane and require 3 – 4 coats for durability and extended wear.  Refinishing is required every 5-10 years.  This involves sanding and recoating.  (A cork floor from the 1950s may have a wax finish requiring different care than urethane.)

Routine cork care is easy and required to keep the floor in good shape.  Sweep or vacuum routinely to prevent small particles of dirt from scratching the floor’s surface.  Dust mopping is recommended. Clean with a neutral spray cleaner and microfiber mop, similar to what is used on polyurethane coated wood floors.  Avoid harsh detergents or high pH cleaning products that will likely cause damage.  

Some cork floors have a veneer surface while others are through and through material.  Patterned cork tiles are typically a veneer while solid color cork is typically cork through the thickness of material.  While veneer-surfaced cork tiles can be coated with polyurethane, you may not be able to sand before recoating. 

Cork should be used on floors at ground-level or above.  Not a good fit for basements that are below grade where dampness and moisture can become problematic.

Cork floors and pets?  Claw marks are not typically a problem because of the forgiving nature of cork.  A deep scratch can be sanded and sealed.  When compared with hardwood flooring, cork will outperform in regards to visible pet scratches.

Cork floors are water resistant but not water proof.  Spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible after they happen to avoid staining and degradation of the material.

Hypoallergenic properties of cork:  Cork floors contain no fibers or toxins.

Cork, like wood, will fade when exposed to direct sunlight.  Keep this in mind when placing area rugs on your cork floor and when selecting window treatments.

Remember to lift, not drag, furniture that is being moved across the cork floor or use felt-bottom furniture slides to prevent damage.

Wondering if you can install cork flooring as a do-it-yourself project?  If you’re handy, you may be able to install your own cork floor.  Be sure the surface you’re installing on is flat and level.  Many cork floors use a glue-down method while others are floating floors.  Consult the installation manual that comes with your flooring material and make sure your subfloor is in good condition.

A general rule to follow when it comes to finishing, waxing or cleaning a cork floor is to test a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding with the entire area and follow manufacturer’s recommended procedures.  When product literature is not available for your floor, consult industry sources to produce the best possible results. 

Call 1-877-floorguy with questions and a knowledgeable, experienced staff member will provide the information you need to care for your floor.

April 12, 2011 on 4:33 pm

stone1Natural Stone occasionally needs more than routine cleaning maintenance.  The location of the stone surface- such as a shower, kitchen or high traffic area- and the type of surface- for example Travertine, Porcelain or Granite- are factors that contribute to the frequency with stone is likely to need extra attention to maintain it’s natural beauty.  For instance, stone floor or walls in a shower will be more susceptible to soap scum and hard water deposits than a stone foyer floor that sees minimal foot traffic.

To remove difficult stains, try Aqua Mix NanoScrub® which is an abrasive cream cleanser designed to work on stone surface where other cleaners won’t.  NanoScrub utilizes “nano-sized” particles to penetrate into small surface pores where it can effectively remove surface stains and residues. NanoScrub is safe and effective on all types of stone and tile surfaces including acid-sensitive polished marble and limestone.  nanoscrubWorks on pencil & rubber marks, mildew stains, grout residue (including epoxy), ground-in dirt and mineral deposits.  Will also remove factory-applied waxes and floor finishes, coating sealers, and most sealer residues.

NanoScrub contains no voc’s  is nontoxic, non-flammable and non-acidic for better indoor and outdoor air quality as compared to similar traditional products.

This and other quality AquaMix products, used for cleaning and maintaining stone tile surfaces, can be found on 1877floorguy.com.

March 21, 2011 on 2:59 pm

spartan logoSpartan Chemical has a line of maintenance products for resilient flooring that is Green Seal Certified.  Use of these GREEN products to clean and maintain resilient flooring in your facility will earn points towards LEED Certification and bring you one step closer to meeting your company’s sustainable environmental initiatives.

If you‘re not familiar with LEED, go to the US Green Building Council website ,LEED Rating System page and browse their website to get a full understanding of the program.

Using GREEN floor cleaning & maintenance products can add points towards LEED Qualification for Existing Buildings.  Building types include – but are not limited to – offices, retail stores, libraries, schools, museums, religious institutions, hotels and residential buildings of four or more habitable stories.green solutions all purpose cleaner gallon

At 1877floorguy.com, you can purchase GREEN Spartan Chemical products such as  Green Solutions All Purpose Cleaner 101 Concentrate.  We also stock GREEN floor cleaning and maintenance products from various manufacturers for different types of floors including wood, laminate & carpet.

If you’re looking for additional guidance toward GREEN floorcare products, call us at 1-877-floorguy (1-877-356-6748).

March 16, 2011 on 6:06 pm

diverseyDiversey Inc has made is simple for you to identify GREEN within their product lines.  They have compiled a list of GREEN certified products so you can find cleaning & maintenance solutions that add points towards LEED Certification or that meet your corporate sustainable environment initiatives.  Check out this great tool here, Diversey GREEN Products.

If you‘re not familiar with LEED, go to the US Green Building Council website ,LEED Rating System page and browse their website to get a full understanding of the program.

Using green floor cleaning & maintenance products can add points towards LEED Qualification for Existing Buildings.  Building types include – but are not limited to – offices, retail stores, libraries, schools, museums, religious institutions, hotels and residential buildings of four or more habitable stories.

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At 1877floorguy.com, you can purchase GREEN Diversey products such as Stride Neutral Floor Cleaner and we can provide pricing for many Diversey products, even if they are not listed on our website.  For a quote, call 1-877-floorguy (1-877-356-6748).

March 10, 2011 on 4:12 pm

med wood floorWe’ve updated our top 7 NEVERS for wood flooring.  We tried to keep it to 7 (because of the title) however we thought of more and couldn’t consolidate too much without diluting the message so …now there are 8. 

NEVER…

  1. Clean with rag mop & bucket of water.   
    • Water is a wood floors worst enemy! Always clean with the type and brand cleaner recommended by the floor’s manufacturer.  It is typically formulated to work on your specific type of floor.  Not sure what to use for cleaning? Call for advice 1-877-Floorguy (1-877-356-6748).
  2. Use hard rubber brush, plastic vacuum attachments, vacuum with beater bar to clean your floor. 
    • Use only a soft brush attachments and a vacuum without a beater bar on the hardsurface setting.
  3. Allow furniture to rest or drag directly on the floor without protectors on the feet or base. 
    • Use Floor Protectors & Glides on the feet and base of all furniture. Self-adhering felt-backed pads come in many shapes and sizes to fit all furniture and protect your floor from dents and scratches.  EZMoves furniture glides with felt bottoms make moving heavy items EASY and protects your floor from scratches.
  4. Let a spill sit for “a while”.  
    • Water is still a wood floors worst enemy! Wipe up spills promptly.  Use appropriate cleaner if needed to remove sticky residue from a spill.
  5. Forget to keep carpeted floor mats at exterior entrances & vacuum them routinely.
    • Small particles of dirt & debris tracked on a wood floor cause scratches that dull the appearance of the wood.  Floor mats minimize this tracking-in of dirt and debris.  Routine vacuuming makes the situation even better.  In addition, all mats, area rugs & carpet runners should have a non-skid backing to protect the floor beneath from the rough carpet backing.  Non-skid backing also keeps the carpets in place.
  6. Let too much time go between vacuuming area rugs, carpet runners and mats.  
    • The key is to keep dirt and debris to a minimum.  Frequent vacuuming prevents debris from filtering down through the weave and scratching the floor beneath.
  7. Allow anyone to wear spiked high heel shoes, shoes with cleats or taps, heavy wooden heeled shoes or any “worn” shoes with exposed metal or sharp parts.  
    • These types of shoes can cause extensive damage!  Most of your houseguests will respect a no-shoes policy.  That way you don’t single any one person out to remove their damaging shoes.
  8. Use a steam mop on hardwood! 
    • Driving it home…water is bad for wood!  Steam is water vapor and the moisture is likely to seep into and between the wood planks causing warping and permanent damage to your hardwood floor.
March 8, 2011 on 5:39 pm

Spring is around the corner which makes it time to think about SPRING CLEANING!

Yes, I said it!… Spring cleaning.  May not be your favorite part of spring yet it needs to be done and what a great feeling when it is!  You know there will be no more slush or ice melter tracking inside because the weather has turned milder, the grass is greening up and the first flowers of Spring are beginning to bloom.  No more debris tracking into the house hidden in the treads of winter boots.

Start now, thinking about which cleaning projects you’ll take on this spring.  Is it time to refresh your hardwood floor? Polish your vinyl or linoleum?  Deep clean & reseal stone tile?

Bona makes it easy to restore your wood floors with Bona Hardwood Floor Refresher and an applicator pad.

Whatever your brand of vinyl flooring, we’ve got the manufacturer specific products to strip and polish the floor to restore shine & beauty such as Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Polish Remover & High-Gloss Polish (also avail Satin finish).

Linoleum Floors such as Forbo Marmoleum can be cleaned & finished when the natural Marmoleum shows excessive signs of wear or if you want to add shine to the floor’s appearance.

Stone Surfaces should be resealed when water no longer beads on the surface.  If your stone floor has been overworked this winter, first deep clean with AquaMix Stone Deep Clean then seal with Aqua Mix Sealer’s Choice Gold.

We sell many brands of floorcare & maintenance products in addition to those listed above.  If you’re unsure what your floor needs but you know it needs help, call our telephone support team for assistance.  They can guide you to the right product for your type or brand of floor.  The phone number is 1-877-356-6748 or 1-877-FLOORGUY.  Phone hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.

January 13, 2011 on 6:25 pm

wilsonart 32ozWilsonart Flooring, as of December 3, 2010, has discontinued the Wilsonart Flooring brand.  The company plans to honor warranties, through their stated terms, on all flooring purchased before December 31, 2011.

Wilsonart Flooring has a branded cleaner for use in maintaining their laminate floors.   This cleaner is still available as a concentrated cleaner.  

Wilsonart recongnizes www.1877floorguy.com as a reliable source for Wilsonart Flooring maintenance products:

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Wilsonart Laminate Floor Cleaner concentrate is available in 32oz Concentrate or Gallon Concentrate.  Dilution ratios are shown on each bottle of cleaner.   Mix solution in a generic spray bottle and use with Bona Microfiber Mop for best results. 

If you have any questions about proper care for your Wilsonart Laminate Floor, call us at 1-877-356-6748.

January 11, 2011 on 5:32 pm

We’ve separated Congoleum Residential & Commercial into two separate sections on our website to make shopping easier for you! 

Still under Vinyl Floor Care Products

 Vinyl Page

 

Congoleum Residential

 Congoleum Residential inludes all of the Bright ‘N Easy Floorcare Products for use on
Congoleum Sheet Vinyl, DuraCeramic Tile & DuraPlank Luxury Vinyl, AirStep & AirStep Plus Fiberglass, Ovations Limestone Composite Tiles, DuraStone HPF and Connections & Endurance Plank Floors. 

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Congoleum Commercial

Congoleum Commercial includes the Congoleum Commercial Floorcare Products intended for use on Congoleum Commercial-Grade Sheet Vinyl and Commercial Vinyl Floor Tile including Flor-Ever Plus, Alternatives, Choices and CX Series.

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1877Floorguy.com has floorcare products to clean & maintain all types of residential and commercial floors.  Not sure what you need?  Call 1-877-356-6748.

January 4, 2011 on 4:49 pm

awardAward Hardwood Flooring has discontinued its WearMax brand wood floor cleaner. 

Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner is the preferred replacement for Award WearMax Hardwood Floor Cleaner.  bona32ozspray

Bona products are conveniently packaged in REFILLABLE, RECYCLEABLE containers that provides convenience, sustainability and economy in 32oz Spray Bottle, Spray Mop Cartridge and Gallon Refill containers.

Bona Features:

  • No Streaking
  • No Dulling Residue
  • Effective
  • Waterborne Formula
  • Non-Toxic
  • Environmentally Responsible
  • Safe for use near people and pets
  • Easy to Use
    1. Directions For Use:

    2. Lightly mist approximately a 4’x6′ area of your hardwood floor with cleaner.
    3. Using a Bona Microfiber Mop  (an existing Award Hardwood Mop is fine) wipe the sprayed area using a back and forth motion with light pressure on the mop.
    4. Allow floor to air dry before walking on it. Floor will dry in just moments.

    Note: Cleaner dries quickly so spraying too large of an area will result in a sticky floor. Re-clean a sticky area, wiping with microfiber mop immediately after spraying.

    Also available:

  • Bona Hardwood Floor Care System includes a mop, bonakitmicrofiber mop pad, dusting pad and 32oz cleaner conveniently packaged and competitively priced to provide everything you need to maintain an Award Hardwood floor.
  • Bona Spray Mop is, hands down,bonaspraymop_closeup the easiest way to clean Award Hardwood.  The Spray Mop is packaged with wood floor cleaner for an all-in-one floor cleaning solution that will save you time and energy.
  • December 17, 2010 on 6:12 pm

    We frequently get emails from customers with common and unique floorcare questions. We answer these questions directly to the customer who asks and we post many of them on Facebook and (more briefly) on Twitter.  If you find the following carpet care tips helpful, “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter for answers to all types of flooring questions.  We post Q & A’s a few times each week.

    Remember to “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter for answers to all types of flooring questions.  We post Q & A’s a few times each week.

    This post includes info for Mohawk FloorCare Essentials, Host, Nylac & furniture glides for use on carpet.

    Q:  How do I clean grease and tracked-in dirt from the “green” carpet Mohawk makes out of recycled pop bottles?

    A:  Mohawk recommends the Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Carpet Stain Remover, 32oz Spray or Carpet Cleaning Kit, to treat stains on their EverStrand™ & SmartStrand® Carpets and they emphasize routine vacuuming & cleaning for ongoing care and upkeep.

     

    Q:  My carpet gets “dented” where the coffee table sits in my family room.  The table moves when my kids rest their feet on it and they never seem to notice so now I’ve got carpet dents in more than one spot and the table is getting wobbly from being moved.  I’m looking for a way to fix this problem since telling my kids to take their feet down doesn’t seem to be working well enough.

    A:  Equinox makes carpet glides for furniture that disperses the weight of the table leg onto a disk that is padded on one side and hard plastic on the other reducing the “dent” effect on the carpet.  The table will move more freely on these discs alleviating the stress on the table legs. So now when your kids put their feet up, the table will still move but  you won’t have the problem with carpet “dents” and the table legs will not be stressed.  Glides come in two sizes, 2-3/4” or 5” round.

     

    Q:  I cleaned a coffee stain from my beige carpet with a cleaner I bought at the grocery store.  The stains seemed to be gone at first but now the area keeps getting dirty so I think it’s not totally gone.  How do I get rid of this?  Is there a carpet cleaner that will take up the whole stain?

    A:  Host Carpet Cleaner will take up most stains without leaving a residue.  Host is a dry extraction system that absorbs soils as it dissolves them. The dissolved spot does not have the opportunity to run to the base of the carpet so there isn’t anything there to wick back to the surface.  For small areas, the carpet cleaning kit or 2.5lb shaker pack should do the job.

     

    Q: Someone told me that Nylac Carpet Cleaner is good for cleaning my carpet because I’ve got allergies and it’s got no odor and is safe.  Do you have an MSDS sheet for this product so I can check for myself?

    A: Yes, we have just updated the Nylac product information to include the MSDS sheet.  You can go directly to the Nylac MSDS sheet or to the Nylac Product page.

    December 8, 2010 on 7:13 pm

    We frequently get emails from customers with common and unique floorcare questions. We answer these questions directly to the customer who asks and we post many of them on Facebook and (more briefly) on Twitter.  If you find the following stone, tile & grout care tips helpful, “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter for answers to all types of flooring questions.  We post Q & A’s a few times each week.

    Remember to “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter for answers to all types of flooring questions.  We post Q & A’s a few times each week.

    Q:  Does 1877floorguy.com have product for use on ceramic tile?

    A:  We sell a variety of products for ceramic tile.  Here are a few brands that have products for ceramic tile- Aqua Mix,  Bona,  DuPont™ StoneTech®.  In addition, we can answer your questions about  the right maintenance products for the type of tile you have.  Call us at 1-877-356-6748.

     

    Q:  Which DuPont Sealer has a lifetime warranty for use on Marble?

    A:  I don’t know of any sealer (by any manufacturer) that has a lifetime warranty. All sealer needs to be reapplied. You may be thinking of DuPont™ StoneTech® BulletProof® Sealer or Heavy Duty Sealer.  Both are recommended for use on natural marble w/ expected wear of 3-5 years when properly maintained. For routine cleaning of sealed Marble, use DuPont™ StoneTech® Revitalizer® Cleaner and Protector or Stone & Tile Cleaner.

     

    Q: My foyer floor is Marble and I’m not sure if I need to seal it.  How can I tell and what Sealer should I use?

    A: Place a few drops of water on the marble floor and wait 15 minutes. (This works for any stone surface.) If the water beads up and wipes off without leaving a dark spot then your surface is well sealed. If the water absorbs into the surface then you need to apply Sealer.  For interior use,  DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional Heavy Duty Sealer works well to protect a polished marble floor.  Once sealed, use Revitalizer® Cleaner and Protector, for routine maintenance.

     

    Q:  Can I use AQUA MIX High-Gloss Sealer to seal natural stone in a shower?

    A: AQUA MIX High-Gloss Sealer is a topical sealer and is NOT recommended for areas where there maybe standing water. Instead USE a penetrating sealer such as AQUA MIX Sealer’s Choice Gold or AQUA MIX Penetrating Sealer.

     

    Q: Can I use AQUA MIX grout colorant over epoxy grout?

    A: AQUA MIX Grout Colorant can be applied over epoxy grout. Coverage is 50 to 300 sq. ft. per kit depending on the width and porosity of grout joints. For best accuracy use the Coverage Chart.

     

    Q: I use Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner for wood floors in my house.  It seems like such a gentle cleaner, can I use it on my bathroom ceramic tile?

    A.  For tile floors (stone & laminate also) use Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner which is formulated for this type of floor. If you’re already using the Bona Floor Cleaning System for hardwood, you can use the same Microfiber Mop & Cleaning Pad which makes this an economical choice.  The Bona ST&L Cleaner is available in 32oz Spray & Spray Mop Cartridge.  However if your floor is under warranty, check the warranty before you buy cleaner. Flooring manufacturers often require a particular cleaner to uphold warranty.

    December 2, 2010 on 4:34 pm

    Using the wrong type of cleaning solution on a hardwood or laminate floor may result in oil residue that looks murky or hazy.  These cleaners often contain acrylic polish which requires mineral spirits to remove the film left behind.

    For removing acrylic polish and other wax-residue left by product such as Mop & Glo or Orange Glo follow these directions.  Test this method in an inconspicuous area before treating the entire floor.  Consult the flooring manufacturer for their recommended cleaning methods.

     Preparation & Materials:

    Mix in a bucket (8:1) 16 oz (2 cups) of ammonia to 1 gallon of Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner or 1 gallon of Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner.

    Directions:

    1. Dip the Microfiber Cleaning Pad into ammonia + cleaner solution and wring out so that the pad is saturated but not dripping.
    2. Evenly apply the solution to a small section of floor using the Microfiber Mop w/Cleaning Pad.  A 3′ x 5′ area or smaller is recommended.
    3. Allow the solution to sit for 30 seconds but no longer than 2 minutes. Then scrub the floor with the same Microfiber Mop Pad. A non abrasive scrubbing pad may be used to loosen any excessive build up. A whitish appearance may show. Remove all residues before moving to the next section.
    4. Follow up with a second (clean / new) Microfiber Cleaning Pad and Spray Bottle of Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner or Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner, following the label directions to clean the area.
    5. Move to the next section being sure to rinse the Microfiber Cleaning Pad in the sink with warm water first.
    6. Repeat from step one throughout the entire floor.

     Important Warnings & Advisements:

    • Always perform a small test in an inconspicuous area for good results before performing work. If any adverse or undesired reactions occur consult with a hardwood flooring professional before continuing.
    • Be advised that complete removal of acrylic polishes may not be possible along board seams or on heavily textured (ie: hand scrapped) floors.
    • A second or even a third application may be necessary to produce best results.
    • The recommended procedure may not be sufficient to assure adhesion or performance of any additionally applied products including Bona Refresher products.
    • The recommended procedure is considered best practices and is not a solution for every situation. For extenuating circumstances, please consult with flooring professional before performing any work.
    • Always contact the polish manufacturer for removal instructions prior to performing any work.
    • Some polishes contain wax and therefore complete removal of the product may not be possible with any stripping methods. It is recommended to consult a professional to determine stripping and recoating possibilities.

    Other types of flooring, such as vinyl or ceramic tile, can often handle more aggessive cleaning agents than wood and laminate floors.  If you’ve got a similar problem with a type of floor not addressed in these instructions, contact us at help@1877floorguy.com or 1-877-356-6748.  We’ll direct you to the best solution for your floor.

    December 1, 2010 on 6:02 pm

    We frequently get emails from customers with common and unique floorcare questions. We answer these questions directly to the customer who asks and we post many of them on Facebook and (more briefly) on Twitter.  If you find the following linoleum & vinyl floorcare tips helpful, “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter for answers to all types of flooring questions.  We post Q & A’s a few times each week.

    Q:  Is the Armstrong Genuine Linoleum Polish a high shine or a satin finish shine?

    A:  Armstrong GLP is a MEDIUM-HIGH FINISH so it’s in between high & satin. Try it in an inconspicuous area before treating the entire floor to see if you like the sheen.

     

    Q:  We have a Mannington Adura® Floor in our kitchen that is very hard to keep clean.  Every few months it needs a deep cleaning, which means me on hands and knees using a brush — very hard work.  I am wondering if the Mannington Heavy Duty Cleaner would help this.  How would you recommend this product be used?

    A:  This product will help as it is more aggressive than a daily cleaner and should be used only every few months or so depending on the traffic in your home.  Read the article, Mannington Adura® Vinyl Floor Care & Cleaning Guidelines, to learn more about cleaning & maintaining Mannington Adura®.

     

    Here’s one for the industry- Q:  How far into the floor does the flash cove need to be when it butts up against the floor which is a different color?

    A:  There are no set “”rules”” regarding flooring that is coved meeting the field material.  Based on my experience, I suggest the coved material should have min 6″” (more commonly 8”) from the wall /vertical surface.  This allows enough material, beyond the cove stick, to be flat on the floor for 100%  contact with the floor and adhesive.

    Remember to “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter for answers to all types of flooring questions.  We post Q & A’s a few times each week.

    December 1, 2010 on 5:43 pm

    Includes questions regarding Bona, Bruce, Uniclic, Quick Step, Award Wearmax.

    We get emails all the time from customers with common and unique floorcare questions. We answer these questions directly to the customer who asks and we post many of them on Facebook and (more briefly) on Twitter.  If you find the following hardwood & laminate floorcare tips helpful log onto Facebook and “Like Us” or Twitter and “Follow Us” for answers to all types of flooring questions.  We post Q & A’s a few times each week.

    Q:  I cleaned my hardwood floor with Orange Glo and it left an ugly residue.  Is there anything that will get this off? 

    A:  Click on this link for directions that will help you remove the Orange Glo from you floor, Removing Acrylic Polishes from Hardwood Floors & Other Hardsurface Floors.

     

    Q: When I take up the rugs from my hardwood floors I can tell that the wood under the rugs is lighter than the rest of my floor. Is this due to sunlight? Is there anything I can do to darken the light areas?

    A: Yes, exposure to daylight does cause wood to darken. The areas covered by rugs aren’t able to darken. Remove the rugs completely or move them every so often so these areas get exposed to daylight.

     

    Q:  My Uniclic-Quickstep Laminate Floor (installed ‘07) has worn very well however the cleaner I am using, given to me by the contractor who installed my floor, leaves an oily film.  What do you recommend to clean the residue and shine the floor as it should?

    A:  Quick Step has floor care products to clean and maintain Uniclic Floors.  As far as restoring any luster that may have been lost with the wrong cleaning products, try Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Polish to restore shine.  We suggest that you test all products in an inconspicuous area to be sure they bond properly and give the right sheen before you treat the entire area.

     

    Q: Bona Hardwood Floor Refresher says that it CANNOT BE USED after Bona Hardwood Floor Polish has been applied to the floor.  Does that mean if the polish has EVER been used on the floor? What if I use the cleaner (for a thorough clean) and then Refresher even though I have used the Bona Polish in the past?  If not, what can I do to bring the shine back to my dull hardwood floor?

    A: This is a great question that we get often.  If Bona Polish has been applied to the floor, EVER, you CANNOT use Refresher BECAUSE it will leave a white film or haze on the floor.  You CAN apply Bona Polish, Low or High Gloss, again to rejuvenate your hardwood floor.  This can be done periodically to bring the shine back to your floor.  Frequency depends on the amount of traffic on your floor so it may be every few months or every few years. 

     

    Q: A couple months ago I ordered a Quick Step Floor Care Kit for my Quick Step Laminate Floor.  The cleaner and mop work very well.  I have noticed, however, that Bona also sells a laminate floor cleaner. As long as my laminate floor is Quick Step, should I stick with the Quick Step Quick Clean, or will Bona work just as well? 

    A: Flooring manufacturers often formulate their cleaning products to provide optimum care for the floor they are intended to maintain and using these products will uphold your floor’s warranty should you ever need it.  Other cleaning products may contain ingredients potentially harmful to your floor. Quick Step and Bona are both quality laminate floor cleaners however in this case we recommend you stay with the QuickStep Floorcare Products. 

     

    Q:  I have an Award Hardwood Floor with the Wearmax Ceramic Finish. I have ordered the recommended Wear Max Cleaner from you in the past and see that it is now discontinued.  What should I use to clean my Award wood floor?

    A:  Recommended replacement is Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner.  Use a Microfiber Mop with the cleaner.  Mop package comes with a dusting pad which can be used dry to dust the floor periodically & before mopping.

     

    Q:  I’m looking to buy a Bona Professional Floor Mop.  Do you carry this product?  It looks like you carry just about everything for the “Bona System”.

    A:  Likely you’re looking for the 18″ Professional Mop which is sold in a kit.  In addition to that we carry several Bona floor mops on our website in the Bona Mops, Pads & Covers Section including a 15″ Residential Mop Set and an all-in-one Spray Mop.

     

    Q: I have 8 year old Bruce hardwood floors throughout my home.  It seems that I have, over the years, used products that have built up on the wood floor leaving a film. What cleaner do you recommend to remove the film then keep the floors looking great? 

    A: Bruce has their own line of maintenance product recommend for use on their wood floors.  Presuming your floor is urethane coated hardwood, you’ll want to use the Bruce Hardwood & Laminate Cleaner, avail in 2 sizes- 32oz Spray & 64oz Refill.  This cleaner should lift the residue on your floor and leave it residue and streak free. You’ll likely need to put more pressure on the mop than you typically would and go over it a several times if the buildup is heavy from years of other cleaners.  Bruce also has Fresh Finish Floor Polish that will refresh the shine on your floor once it is thoroughly cleaned.

     

    Q: How do I get an MSDS for a product on your website?

    A:  Many of our products have an MSDS link located at the end of the product’s description.  If you are viewing a product that does not have an MSDS, contact us via email at help@1877floorguy.com or call 1-877-356-6748 and we’ll forward the information to you.

     

    Remember to “Like Us” on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter for answers to all types of flooring questions!  We post Q & A’s a few times each week.

    November 15, 2010 on 5:48 pm

    Mannington Adura® is a high-performance luxury vinyl floor that resembles wood, tile, or stone in appearance and texture.  We’ve had questions from customers about the care & maintenance of Adura®…

    Clean:

    • Sweep regularly, one or more times each week depending on use & traffic, to prevent small particles of dirt & debris from being ground into the floor under-foot.
    • Prevent stains by wiping up spills promptly.  Keep a spray bottle on hand, filled with properly diluted Award Series® Rinse-Free Cleaner so it’s easily accessible for spot cleaning when you need it.
    • Occasionally mop with Mannington Award Series® Rinse-Free Cleaner when dirt builds up. Use a solution of 2 to 3 capfuls of Award Series® Cleaner in one gallon of warm water. Though rinsing is not required, it will provide the best care if time permits.  Use of more than the recommended amount of cleaning solution may leave a dulling film. Do not use soap or detergent products as they will leave a dulling film.

    Shine:

    Adura® floors are low-gloss floors.  If you wish to give your floor a high-gloss shine use Award Series® High-Gloss Polish. After several applications of polish for a high-shine floor, an occasional stripping and reapplication of polish may be necessary. We recommend the use of Mannington Award Series® Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper. After thorough cleaning, rinsing and drying, apply Mannington Award Series® High-Gloss Polish to restore the shine. High-traffic areas may require more than one application of polish. Allow polish to dry “tack-free” between coats.  Do not use wax.  Do not buff.   

    Preventive:

    • Use doormats at exterior entrances to prevent outside dirt from tracking in on shoes. Stay away from rubber-backed, latex-backed or coco fiber mats that can stain or damage the floor’s surface.
    • Asphault driveway sealer tracking is a common flooring problem.  Minimize potential staining by using a latex-based driveway sealer on your driveway and removing shoes when entering the house.
    • Support furniture with wide-bearing, non-staining felt or non-pigmented hard plastic floor protectors. The larger the flat surface of the protector, the more it protects the floor from indentations.
    • Use furniture slides to move heavy furniture and appliances across the floor. When using a dolly or wheeled appliance, roll it only on masonite or plywood laid over the floor for protection. 

    Handling Spills & Stains:

    Stick to these general rules when you follow the procedures below:

    • Always use a clean, white cloth for wiping up stains and turn it frequently to avoid spreading the stain.
    • Rinse with clean water and allow area to dry between steps.
    • If stain removal causes a change in gloss level, apply polish per recommended guidelines.
    • Always try solutions/products in an inconspicuous area prior to full use.
    • Use Caution: Some stain cleaning procedures call for solutions that are flammable & dangerous for use around children & pets such as mineral spirits, lighter fluid, painter’s naphtha, and isopropyl alcohol. Take extreme care with these solutions and follow precautions listed on the container.

    Cleaning Procedures for Spills & Stains:

    • Food/ Beverage : If a substance is gummy, scrape off with dull knife. Clean using Mannington Award Series® Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper and a soft nylon pad or soft bristle brush. Saturate a clean, white cloth with bleach solution, cover stain and allow to stand for no more than 1 hour.
    • Tar, Oil, Asphalt, Grease, Wax, Paint (oil-based) : Scrape excess substance off with dull knife. Clean using Mannington Award Series® Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper and a soft nylon pad or soft bristle brush.
    • Scuffs, Marks, Scratches : Wipe with a clean, white cloth dampened with lighter fluid, painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol.
    • Minor Cuts, Burns : Limit traffic over damaged area, cover with masking tape to avoid further damage, contact your retailer or Mannington for advice.
    • Lipstick, Antiseptics : Scrape excess off with dull knife. Clean using Mannington Award Series® Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper and a soft nylon pad or soft bristle brush. Wipe with a clean, white cloth dampened with lighter fluid, painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol. Saturate a clean, white cloth with bleach solution, cover stain and allow to stand for no more than 1 hour.
    • Rust : Clean using Mannington Award Series® Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper and a soft nylon pad or soft bristle brush. Saturate a clean, white cloth with bleach solution, cover stain and allow to stand for no more than 1 hour.
    • Crayon, Ink, Hair Dye, Permanent Marker : Clean using Mannington Award Series® Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper and a soft nylon pad or soft bristle brush. Wipe with a clean, white cloth dampened with lighter fluid, painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol.
    • CAUTION : Mineral spirits, lighter fluid, painter’s naphtha, and isopropyl alcohol are flammable liquids. Take extreme care & follow precautions listed on the container.
    October 7, 2010 on 5:48 pm
    Steam Mops are HOT but they are NOT for wood floors:
     
    wood floor hallway_portraitSteam mops are popular now and many customers have asked if they should try a steam mop to clean their hardwood floor because it appears to clean deep to remove dirt.  The answer is NO!  In no way, shape or form should a steam mop ever be used on a hardwood floor.  Steam mops do clean deep because the steam is penetrating.  When steam (or any form of water) is introduced to wood, the wood will absorb the water causing the wood to warp, discolor and distort.   This includes polyurethane & acrylic finished wood which will absorb steam as it penetrates into the crevices between wood planks which will expand and contract as the wood gets wet then dries causing an ugly mess.  Other types of finished hardwood will get sticky and filmy right away with steam (or water).  If you haven’t tried a steam mop on your hardwood floors, DON’T!
     
    Here’s what you CAN DO to clean and shine your hardwoods:

    There are several types of hardwood floors, most common are Polyurethane or Acrylic Finished and Waxed Wood Floors.  The two are treated in completely different ways yet steam mopping is bad for both!

     

    Polyurethane & Acrylic Finished Hardwood:

    Use a spray & mop system such as Bona Spray Mop which is an all in one spray cleaner or a separate spray bottle and microfiber mop such as those made by Bona (32oz spray bottle & microfiber mop or kit) or Basic Coatings Squeaky (floor care system kit includes both items).  Whichever you choose, you’ll be able to get all the tools and cleaner you need from one source.   Be sure you’re using a microfiber mopsbecause it is most effective at picking up dirt without releasing dust particles into the air.  If your wood floor is new, check your manufacturer’s warranty because many wood floor manufacturers have their own branded cleaner (similar to Bona or Basic) formulated specifically for their hardwood flooring product.   Using the cleaner recommended by the floor’s manufacturer is typically required to uphold the  floor’s warranty.

    Here are a handful of manufacturers that have branded spray cleaner: 

    mannington logobruce logokahrs logoarmstrong logoharris tarket logomohawk logoduraseal logo

    The brands goes on and on so refer to the wood floor care Section of  1877floorguy.com/wood for a complete list.

    Performance expectations for all spray & mop wood floor cleaners: 

    • Easy to use
    • Work in small sections for best results
    • Apply pressure on the mop to remove visible dirt  (most dirt lifts easily; spray & rub by hand with a microfiber cloth for stubborn spots)
    • No streaking
    • No dulling of finish
    • No offensive odors, low or no VOCs, non-toxic 
    • Wash microfiber mop cover between uses (dirty mop cover will not clean effectively) 

    If you’re trying to improve the shine of your floor, there are several wood floor polishes or refreshers available (shown below).  All are easy to apply with an applicator pad on a microfiber mop.  Good do-it-yourself project.  These products will fill microscopic scratches creating a smooth surface thereby improving the floor’s appearance and shine.  Several sheen levels are available so choose carefully based on your desired result.  Hardwood floor polishes & refresher are available from Bona, Basic Coatings & Bruce.

    Bona refresh polishbasic refinisher- satinbasic refinisherbruce fresh finishbruce fresh finish low gloss

     

    Waxed Hardwood Floors:

    Sweep routinely to pick up loose dirt that can scratch the floor under foot traffic.  That is the only FREQUENT maintenance required.  When spots or spills happen, spot clean with a liquid paste wax with cleaner.  DO NOT clean with water or spray cleaners!   Periodically (twice each year is typical) clean the entire floor with a liquid paste wax with cleaner (same cleaner used for spot cleaning). Bruce makes one for light wood and one for dark wood floors.  In between cleaning/wax applications, machine buffing will bring up the floor’s shine. 

    light n naturaldark n rich

    Another option is to use a product like Bruce’s, No Buff Acrylic Finish for Waxed Wood floors that provides a tough acrylic finish that will then be cleaned like the Polyurethane & Acrylic floors shown above.

    bruce no buff

    Additional questions about cleaning & caring for a wood floor (or any floor) can be emailed to help@1877floorguy.com.  Our knowledgeable Customer Support team will answer your questions to help you find the right products to care for your floor.

    September 29, 2010 on 3:29 pm

    Pergo has discontinued its branded laminate floor cleaner.

    Recommended replacement: Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner is proven effective on Pergo Laminate flooring and available in a variety of sizes to meet your needs.  Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner is non-streaking, neutral, safe and environmentally friendly.

    Bona products are conveniently packaged in REFILLABLE, RECYCLEABLE containers that provides convenience, sustainability and economy in 32oz Spray Bottle, Spray Mop Cartridge and Gallon Refill containers.

    Bona Features:

  • No Streaking
  • No Dulling Residue
  • Effective
  • Waterborne Formula
  • Non-Toxic
  • Environmentally Responsible
  • Safe for use near people and pets
  • Easy to Use
    1. Directions For Use:

    2. Lightly mist approximately a 4’x6′ area of your laminate floor with cleaner.
    3. Using a Bona Microfiber Mop (an existing Pergo Microfiber Mop is fine) wipe the sprayed area using a back and forth motion with light pressure on the mop.
    4. Allow floor to air dry before walking on it. Floor will dry in just moments.

    Note: Cleaner dries quickly so spraying too large of an area will result in a sticky floor. Re-clean a sticky area, wiping with microfiber mop immediately after spraying.

    Also available:

  • Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Care System includes a mop, microfiber mop pad, dusting pad and 32oz cleaner conveniently packaged and competitively priced to provide everything you need to maintain a Pergo laminate floor.
  • Bona Spray Mop is, hands down, the easiest way to clean Pergo laminate.  The Spray Mop is packaged with wood floor cleaner however the Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner Cartridge, purchased separately, creates an all-in-one floor cleaning solution that will save you time and energy when cleaning Pergo Laminate flooring.
  • September 7, 2010 on 3:53 pm

    Autumn the perfect time to get back to floorcare routines that keep your floors looking GREAT.  It may even be time for your floor to get an extra bit of TLC to really shine before the winter holidays set in.

    There are many types of floors that require different routines however they all have one thing in common-

    • All floors need to be cleaned and maintained on a routine basis in order to keep looking good.
    • There is no such thing as a “maintenance-free” floor.

    Many flooring manufacturers maintain care instructions on their websites for easy reference. Some recommend specific floor care products for cleaning and maintenance.  The floor’s warranty will tell you if using a specific product is required in order to uphold the manufacturer’s warranty. Look up instructions for your floor if you know who made it.

    Hardsurface floors:

    Sweep or vacuum!  I can’t emphasize enough that routine sweeping or vacuuming  is a must (vacuum should be in good condition and on the correct setting for hardsurface floors) for all hard surface flooring- including hardwood, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, stone and tile.  This keeps small particles of dirt and debris, which can cause microscopic scratches and dulling of your floor’s finish, off the floor.  The higher the gloss level of your floor’s finish, the more evident the scratches will be.  Stone and tile are the most resistant to scratches however the grout lines will collect dirt if left unswept.  I’m often asked how often a person should sweep their floor.  I typically reply that it depends on how much use and traffic the floor gets.  A floor that is lived-on daily by a family of four (or more) is likely going require sweeping daily.  For a person who lives alone the same floor may only need to be swept once each week.

    Basic routine maintenance also involves cleaning.  Like sweeping, the frequency with which your floor should be cleaned varies between households.  Use your good judgment based on the amount of traffic on your floor.  Many hardsurface floors can be easily cleaned with a no-rinse spray cleaner and a microfiber mop. This includes urethane-finished hardwood, laminate, stone & tile. Each type of floor requires a different cleaning product (so always read labels) however the idea is the same across the board.  Clean the floor in small sections to avoid the sprayed cleaner from drying before you get a chance to wipe it.  Bona & Basic both have popular spray cleaners for use on urethane wood floors (and more).  These are reputable floor care products that are not directly linked to a specific flooring manufacturer. If you know the brand of your wood floor, check to see what the flooring manufacturer recommends before purchasing cleaner & care products.  Several flooring manufacturers have their own brand of cleaner that is specifically formulated for use on their floor.  Websites, such as www.1877floorguy.com carry most manufacturer specific floor care products such as Mannington Ultra Clean and Bruce Dura Luster which are formulated for cleaning wood and laminate floors made by these companies.  Several spray cleaners, like the Ultra Clean and DuraLuster, are intended for use on multiple types of flooring surfaces.  Wilsonart Ready Mix Spray is a laminate and linoleum floor cleaner.  Bona makes a stone, tile & laminate cleaner.  These can be economical cleaning products if you’ve got more than one type of flooring materials in your home so do some research before you buy.  For cleaning stone & tile well-known products are made by AquaMix and DuPont StoneTech .  Among the available products are easy to use spray & wipe cleaners.  These quality routine cleaners, AquaMix’s AquaShield and DuPont StoneTech Revitalizer, both contain cleaning agent and sealer to protect the stone surface as it cleans (sealing is very important for natural stone).  AquaMix and StoneTech also offer products for deeper cleaning (occasional use) such as Grout Deep Clean to remove stubborn grout stains or KlenzAll for cleaning soap scum and mildew from natural stone.

    Tips to keep in mind when using spray & wipe cleaners:

    • Always use a clean microfiber pad.  Bona’s microfiber cleaning pads are machine washable and you can purchase replacement pads so you’ve always got a clean one ready to go.
    • If the floor feels sticky after cleaning, according to product directions, you’ve used too much cleaner or sprayed to large an area and did not wipe sufficiently with the microfiber mop.  Repeat cleaning procedure in sticky areas to resolve this problem.
    • For visibly dirty spots that don’t come clean on the first pass, put a little elbow grease into your wiping with the microfiber mop or use a separate cloth to get really tough spots. I haven’t had a spot on my wood floors yet that wouldn’t come clean.  When cleaning stone & tile it is ok to introduce water along with cleaning agents to work out a tough stain.  For wood and laminate floors water is a no-no.
    • Keep a spray bottle of cleaner under your kitchen or bathroom sink for spot cleaning.  The cleaning products will tell you to use a microfiber cloth however I’ve found paper towels to work well for cleaning small messes, like spilled juice, on my wood floor.
    • Only use cleaner recommended for use on your type of floor (urethane wood, laminate, natural stone, etc).  Each type of cleaner is formulated for use on specific type(s) of floor(s).  Using the wrong type of cleaner can have dreadful results.

    Waxed wood floors require a completely different cleaning regiment.  Routinely, a waxed wood floor should only be swept and spot cleaned.  If spot cleaning is needed, use a cleaner formulated for use on a waxed hardwood floor such as Bruce Lite-n-Natural or Bruce Dark-n-Rich Liquid Paste Wax with Cleaner.  You’ll use the same cleaner when your floor needs to be completely cleaned and waxed which should be done every 6 months to a year.  The Bruce Liquid Paste Wax with Cleaner is an all-in-one product that takes care of cleaning and waxing thereby reducing the number of steps in the process.  Waxed wood floors require a buffer machine which you can typically rent from a local hardware store.  More information on cleaning waxed wood floors can be found in the blog post, Surprise! Wood Floors Under the Carpet! Wax or Urethane Finish?

    Carpet:

    Like hardsurface floors, carpet also requires routine maintenance to keep dirt and debris from becoming ingrained into the floor and dulling it’s appearance. The #1 rule is vacuum! Vacuuming will pick up loose dirt and debris left behind from foot traffic, food crumbs, etc. and it will lift the carpet pile which becomes especially matted down in high traffic areas. You can’t really overdo vacuuming so however often you can, do it. Your vacuum needs to be in good working condition in order to pick-up dirt. If you notice it’s not picking up visible dirt, take it to a service center for repair or get a new vacuum if the one you’re using is very old. The lint bag should be changed with some frequency since a full bag will generate dust into the air landing on the carpet. Vacuuming around the edges of the room where carpet meets wall is often missed because the vacuum itself can only get so close to the wall. Dirt build-up in these areas will eventually look like a dark rim around the edges of the room. Using the vacuum’s crevice tool around all edges of the room every few months will eliminate this problem.

    When we talk about cleaning carpets we need to include periodic maintenance and spot cleaning. Periodic maintenance involves wet or dry cleaning your carpet.  I am a firm believer in dry cleaning carpets.  Wet or steam cleaning introduces water to your carpet which can damage carpet fibers, cause buildup of mold & mildew and require more than a day to dry leaving the room unusable for the duration.  Dry cleaning is much less invasive, removes dust and mold spores from the carpet, can be walked on immediately after cleaning and is safe to use on all types of carpet from synthetics to wool.  Host is my dry carpet cleaning system of choice because of the approval level of their products, proven effectiveness and ease of use.  The Host website has great information to help you determine if it is the right system for your carpet, where to rent a machine (not much bigger than an upright vacuum), and how much cleaner to buy.  Often you can purchase the cleaner where you rent the machine or check online retailers also where more sizes and products may be offered (machines can only be rented local to you).  Host has small shaker packs of cleaner that can be used for spot or small area cleaning and don’t require use of the machine.  These packs are great to keep on hand for spot cleaning.

    Protect your work!

    furniture glide under coffee table leg

    furniture glide under coffee table leg

    Protect your floor and your efforts to clean your floor by putting protectors on the feet or base of furniture.  Felt protectors on the bottom of chairs and table legs keeps hardsurface floors from getting scratched when the furniture is moved.  Think about how many times a chair is pushed in and out from a table and the damage that does to a floor.  Round felt protectors cost between 16- 30 cents each and come in different sizes and quantities. Is there value in these felt protectors? Absolutely!  For carpeted areas, furniture glides can be used permanently under pieces that are moved frequently.  For instance, I have the 2-3/4” glides under my family room coffee table that is often moved to allow space for playing Wii.  The light grey blends into my beige carpet so they’re barely noticeable.  I think the legs would have snapped off or the berber carpet would have come unraveled if it weren’t for the glides.

    www.1877floorguy.com is dedicated to helping customers properly clean and care for floors by providing popular and hard to find quality floor care products.

    July 29, 2010 on 6:17 pm

    A lot of information is available about Forbo Marmoleum Floors that will tell you it is a natural, sustainable Linoleum flooring material made from a blend of wood flour, jute, rosin, and linseed oil.  You’ll find out that Marmoleum is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-static, has high wear-resistance, becomes more durable over time and has low maintenance requirements.  Forbo’s durable 2-part Topshield factory finish is widely publicized and effective.  All of this is true FACT about Marmoleum.  I wanted to know more about cleaning and mainting Marmoleum, beyond the manufacturer’s written instructions, so I conducted a telephone interview with Forbo’s Technical Services Manager, Frank Wiggins, Installation Training Coordinator, Becky Korinchock and Technical Services Assistant, Jennifer Malloy who clearly explained some lesser know facts about caring for a Marmoleum floor.

    Routine Cleaning
    FICTION: Marmoleum has so many natural properties that it does not need to be cleaned on a routine basis.
    FACT: Every floor, regardless of type, style or species requires maintenance to uphold appearance and durability.  Marmoleum routine maintenance is relatively easy. On a consistent, routine basis sweep and mop your Marmoleum floor. When dirt becomes visible it is time to use floor cleaner following manufacturer instructions. It’s hard to say exactly how often your floor should be cleaned because it depends on the amount of traffic the floor sees.  The more traffic, the more frequently you should clean.  Note:  Dirt and debris tracked on the floor will, over time, create microscopic scratched in the floor’s finish making it appear dull.  Frequent sweeping or dusting the floor will minimize this occurance.

    Type of Cleaner
    FICTION: It doesn’t matter what type of cleaner I use on Marmoleum.
    FACT: The right cleaner is critical to a good looking Marmoleum floor. High pH cleaners or those with harsh alkalis (such as Ammonia or Mop & Glow Triple Action) will degrade Marmoleum resulting in sticky residue or haze that could damage or discolor your floor with continued use.  Forbo recommends their Marmoleum Neutral Floor Cleaner that comes as a concentrate to dilute with water, available in quart or gallon size. Marmoleum Neutral Floor Cleaner is a neutral pH cleaner that will clean the floor without damaging.  If you want to use a different cleaner, look for a neutral pH level in the cleaner and test an inconspicuous area of the floor prior to cleaning the full flooring surface.  Note: If your Marmoleum is new, keep in mind that using manufacturer recommended floor cleaner and procedures will uphold your warranty.

    Scratches
    FICTION: Marmoleum is so durable that it will never scratch.
    FACT: Marmoleum is durable however it is not impervious to sharp or heavy objects dropped on or dragged across the floor. Protect the floor when moving furniture or other heavy objects by putting inexpensive yet very effective felt pads on the feet of furniture that is moved frequently, such as tables and chairs.  Use felt bottom furniture slides for moving appliances and other heavy objects or cover the floor with masonite or plywood.  Even with these precautions, accidents do happen and Marmoleum can scratch. There is a procedure to follow that will, in most cases, repair the floor to where you don’t see the scratch.  Always try the least invasive procedure first and only move on to the next procedure if the repair is not successful.

    1. If the scratch is superficial, into the top layer only, rub the area with finish, such as Marmoleum Floor Finish. This will blend the scratch with the surrounding area because Marmoleum, like wood, has color that goes through the material.  The finish will disguise the scratch.  This works best for a small area.  Note: You can use masking tape on the floor to isolate the area before getting started.
    2. If this doesn’t produce good results, try scrubbing the scratched area with Marmoleum Neutral Floor Cleaner, diluted per instructions on bottle, and a light pad to rough it up a little then apply finish. This can be repeated a few times if necessary before applying finish.  Note: The deeper you go into flooring material, the color goes through but the pattern is less which makes the color more uniform.
    3. If scratches span a large area use a floor machine with a light to medium pad to strip the effected floor area.  This abrasion will smooth out and dull the surface. Thoroughly rinse the floor.  It will still be hazy.  Then apply thin coats, 2-3, of floor finish to restore even finish and remove the haze.  Note: Topshield has a satin (or matte) finish.  Unless you’ve applied another finish to your floor, use Marmoleum Floor Finish or similar satin/matte finish to match the sheen.
    4. If a scratch is deep and wide and the steps described above don’t conceal the damage you may need to do a repair using leftover material (hopefully you’ve got some).  Sand a scrap piece of flooring material to a powder and mix it with household white glue to make a paste.  Fill the scratch to just above floor level so you can sand it after it dries hard.  Once the area is dry, use steel wool or fine sandpaper until the repair is even with the floor’s surface and smooth. For detail sanding, you can use a damp cloth as a sanding mechanism because the glue will soften and remove with water.  Be careful not to get lower than the floor’s surface.  Apply floor finish to seal the surface. Note: Be careful about the size of the surface area, it should be small to reduce the possibility of the repair coming loose.
    5. If #4 doesn’t work, cut a patch of extra flooring material and fill the cut area.  If you’re not skilled in this type of work, you will want to call a professional for a repair of this magnitude.  The cutting can be intricate depending on the size and shape of the cut.  This should be a last resort if you can’t live with the imperfection.

    Stains
    FICTION: Marmoleum will not stain.
    FACT: High alkaline or high pH substances will stain Marmoleum if not cleaned up in a timely manner.  The amount of time a substance remains on the floor is critical.  Quickly wipe up spills- such as ketchup, wine, pet accidents- and clean the area with diluted Marmoleum Neutral Floor Cleaner then rinse thoroughly to minimize staining.  If a stain is still visible, repeat.  If stain is still evident apply undiluted Marmoleum Neutral Floor Cleaner to the stain and leave it for 2-3 minutes.  Rub with a nylon kitchen pad then rinse with clean water.  Repeat if necessary.  Once the stain is lifted and the area is dry, apply a small amount of finish, such as Marmoleum Floor Finish, to restore finish removed by the undiluted cleaner.

    Initial Care
    FICTION: Marmoleum floors need a finish applied immediately following installation.
    FACT: Marmoleum does NOT need floor finish right away because Topshield is a durable factory applied satin finish.  Initial sweeping and damp mopping is recommended to remove dirt and debris.  This is typically done by the flooring installer.  Don’t wet mop (just damp) right away because adhesives used to install the floor needs to completely cure and wet conditions may decrease adhesion.  Diluted Marmoleum Neutral Floor Cleaner can be used after a week or so.  Follow manufacturer dilution and cleaning instructions and rinse the floor thoroughly with clean water.  Marmoleum floors only need to be finished after excessive wear or if damage occurs –this applies to Commercial and Residential uses.

    1877Floorguy.com sells Forbo Marmoleum Cleaner & Finish.  Professional, Experienced Customer Service can answer your floor maintenance questions at 1-877-Floorguy (1-877-356-6758).

    June 30, 2010 on 4:12 pm

    Lonseal Resilient Vinyl Flooring provides easy to follow maintenance programs for each type of flooring they manufacture along with troubleshooting guidelines for common problems.  Outlined here are typical problems, causes and solutions.  For the more serious issues, when it may be difficult to discern the cause, you may want to consult with the factory or your local sales agent before proceeding with a remedy.

    Black scuff marks and scratches are typically caused by hard plastics or rubber on shoes, carts, rolling beds (in hospitals) or from painted items dragged across the floor.  To remedy these marks, removed thick residue with a dull putty knife, carefully so as not to cut into the floor, then rub the marks with a white scouring pad moistened with diluted LONCARE.

    Scuffs, scratches or gouges are caused by tracking of dirt and debris, by dragging (or dropping) heavy items, such as furniture, on the floor or by use of inappropriate pads or brushes.  Apply floor protectors to the feet or bases of furniture (chairs, tables, etc) that sits on the floor, place walk-off mats at doorways, sweep or dust mop routinely (frequency will depend on use) to remove dirt particles that can scratch the floor, and check all equipment before machine cleaning or buffing- pads & brushes should be clean and in good condition. Always use a dolly, cart or furniture slides when moving heavy objects.

    Low or uneven surface gloss level can be caused by several conditions.  Check for correct dilution ratio of LONCARE to water, dirty mop water or dirty equipment such as mop head, buffing pads or brushes.  Correct the issue and clean the floor again with correctly diluted LONCARE and clean water & equipment.  Also check your pads or brushes to ensure they are the correct type.  If these simple corrections are made and the problem remains, there may have been an error during initial floor preparation (refer to Initial Care Instructions) or there may be insufficient finish (LONFINISH or LONSATIN) on the floor.  In this case thoroughly cleaning and recoating the floor is required.  You may need to completely strip and recoat depending on the severity of the problem.

    Cloudy, Sticky Finish can occur if phenolic-type disinfectants or high pH cleaners are used to routinely clean the floors.  Clean the floors only with Neutral pH Cleaner such as LONCARE (except for instances where higher pH cleaner is recommended for removing specific types of stains or residues) and if disinfectant is required, use a quaternary-based disinfectant.

    Powdery or Scaly Finish can be a result of several factors.  First, check your pads and brushes to ensure they are suitable for the type of finish on your floor’s surface.  Pads and brushes that are too aggressive will accelerate wear of the finish. Other causes may be layers of incompatible finish materials on the floor, not enough wait time between coats of finish during finish application, or prep work was not properly executed prior to finishing.  Any of these issues will require strip and refinish according to Lonseal Instructions. Some types of floors need a more flexible finish, such as gym floors, and powdery or scaly appearance may be the result if the finish on the floor is too hard for the type of use it gets.  In this situation, the finish will need to be stripped completely and a more suitable finish should be applied.  This is a situation where I would recommend consulting with Lonseal or your local sales agent before proceeding.

    Yellowing finish is a result of continuous use of dirty mop, buffing pads or tracked-on contaminants.  To eliminate discoloration, strip and refinish the floor and ensure all maintenance equipment is kept clean and dirty water is changed frequently during cleaning. Floor mats at doorways will reduce the contaminants being tracked onto the floor.  Routine or daily cleaning will pick up the contaminants before they become widespread.

    Ink or Dye stains should be scrubbed immediately with a high pH cleaner, such as GP Forward or denatured alcohol.  Don’t use solvents. Not all stains can be removed however cleaning a stain soon after it occurs will improve the result.

    Slippery Floors can often be minimized by placing walk-off mats at exterior doorways or in strategic locations to capture tracked-in moisture, dirt or contaminants that may be causing the problem.   Liquid spills, leaks or condensation will make a resilient floor slippery.  Locate and eliminate the source of the liquid, blot or pick up liquid with wet-vac (depending on the severity) and rinse with clean water to remove any residue.  If moisture is being tracked in from exterior doorways, walk-off mats will minimize the problem.  If accumulation of dust and dirt is causing the floors to be slippery, sweep and dust mop frequently and use walk-off mats at doorways.  Contaminants, such as soap residue, grease or furniture polish overspray, can also cause the floor to be slippery.  These contaminants will likely leave a film that will clue you in to the source.  Use a higher pH cleaner, such as GP Forward, to lift the contaminants off the floor then return to routine cleaning with LONCARE.  If possible, eliminate the source of the contaminant or reduce its effect on the floor with strategically placed floor mats.  If a contaminant is widespread and the higher pH cleaner does not resolve the problem, a complete strip and refinish may be required and controlling the source will be crucial.

    Note: Mats should be non-staining, preferably not rubber-backed.  If mats have rubber backing, use acrylic spacers to avoid rubber coming in direct contact with the floor since rubber-backed mats can cause brownish staining on the floor.

    1877Floorguy.com sells Lonseal Care & Maintenance Products.  Professional, Experienced Customer Service can answer your floor maintenance questions at 1-877-Floorguy (1-877-356-6758).

    Information contained in this article was provided by Lonseal’s Technical Manual for Interior Flooring Products.

    June 3, 2010 on 8:44 pm

    Whether you’re headed to your vacation home at the beach, lakeside or in the mountains, your first trip is likely to have your car loaded up with some or all of the following… kids, pets, boogie boards, beach chairs, fishing poles, tackle box, coolers, bed sheets, towels, toilet paper and the list goes on and on.  While you’re trying to fit all of this into your vehicle and realizing what a tight squeeze it is, remember… cleaning supplies to get rid of the must and dust that has settled into your vacation home during the winter months!

    Have no fear… (1877)Floorguy is Here!  Before you leave for your lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer, take a few minutes to log on to www.1877floorguy.com, place your order for cleaning supplies and have it ship to your summer address.  This way, you won’t have to fit it into your car which leaves more space for lounge chairs, inner tubes, beach umbrellas, etc.  Don’t wait until you get there to buy it at the local grocer who will have a small selection at summer prices.  Shop smart at www.1877floorguy.com!

    Check out our Top Picks for Summer 2010.  We’ve included products that take care of mold, odors and stains and convenient, easy to use items that will make cleaning your home away from home a breeze.  Then use our Shipping Calculator to estimate how far in advance you should place your order so it’s there when you arrive.  This feature is further explained in How Can I Reduce My Floorguy Shipping Costs Without Sacrificing Service blog.

    Top Picks for Summer 2010:

    bonaspraymop

    Bona Spray Floor Mop with Refillable Hardwood Cleaner Cartridge will make cleaning hardwood floors easy with its all-in-one design, just pull the spray handle and mop. It’s that easy!  Comes with a Refillable Cartridge (we sell economical gallon size for refilling the cartridge) however, if you’re feeling kicked back and relaxed, you can order additional Hardwood Cleaner Cartridges for your mop.  Just replace it and you’re ready to go.  All we ask is that you, please, recycle the empty cartridges.

    bonastlcartridgeThe same Bona Spray Floor Mop can also be used with the Refillable Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner Cartridge to easily clean hard surface floors in your vacation home such as stone, tile and laminate.

    dstrevitalizer

    DuPont StoneTech Revitalizer Cleaner & Protector is a popular choice for cleaning and maintaining natural stone & ceramic tile surfaces often found in foyers, kitchens and bathrooms.  Available in spray or disposable wipes the Revitalizer Cleaner & Protector comes in two great scents,  Cucumber and Citrus, and the built-in sealer protects the surface of the stone while it cleans for a worry-free surface.  No need to rinse.  Just clean and go.  This allows more time for you to enjoy fun in the sun!

    aquakleen

    Great for routine bathroom & kitchen cleaning, AquaKleen is a multi-purpose basin, tub and tile cleaner that effectively cleans even soiled grout joints.  The No VOC, water-safe formula is approved for use on ceramic surfaces, natural stone, tile, porcelain, grout, plastic, glass, fiberglass, cultured marble, metal surfaces laminate, and fixtures which will give you peace of mind that a guest staying at your house, while you’re not there, won’t use the “wrong” cleaner because it’s hard to go wrong with AquaKleen.

    groutaideGrout-Aide is a great quick fix for grouted tile floors that have stains on the grout that just wouldn’t come clean at the end of last season. Or maybe the grout just looks dingy.  With very little effort Grout-Aide covers the stains and dries quickly.  Grout-Aide comes in 5 different colors.  More information on this product can be found in our Quick-Fix for Dirty Grout blog.

    vitaloxide

    Vital-Oxide is a must-have if mold or mildew has taken root or if you’re concerned about bacteria anywhere in your home. Eliminates 99.9% of bacteria on a wide range of surfaces in your home including counters, floors, mattresses, upholstery and in the laundry.  Vital Oxide is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial disinfectant, safe for use around children and pets. Ready-to-use formula available in 32oz Spray or Gallon Size.

    odorcideOdorcide 210 is used alone, or with Vital-Oxide when a disinfectant is required, to neutralize and eliminate strong, adverse odors in the home.  Extremely effective and safe on a wide range of surfaces including wood, carpet, upholstery, laminate, tile. No residue, non-irritant, safe for use around people and pets.  Available ready-to-use or concentrate.

    Three can’t-go-wrong spot cleaners for carpet. All proven effective and easy to use to quickly remove stains from carpet.  Don’t worry if your son spills his chocolate milk, the dog has a little “accident” or your husband tracks grease in from the bbq.  Here are three convenient carpet spot cleaners to have on hand that can clean-up the mess:

    spotshotSpot Shot removes both oil-based and water-based stains without leaving any residue or ring behind.

    captureCapture Carpet Spot Eliminator works great on grease and oil based stains.

    hostHost Dry Carpet Cleaner Shaker Pack is a dry carpet cleaner that absorbs stains, reduces allergens such as dust mites, mold and pet dander, has no drying time.

    We’ve got many more fabulous floor cleaning & maintenance items at 1877Floorguy.com, hundreds of products to keep your floors looking their best including equipment and tools, such as Bona Kemi Mops & Microfiber Covers and Manufacturer Supplied Care Kits such as Bruce Wood Flooring Maintenance Kit and Quick Step Laminate Cleaning Kit. We carry many hard to find floor care items so, if you don’t find what you need on our website, call us at 1-877-Floorguy (1-877-356-6748).

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