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Home Improvement Contractors

Why Driveway Cleaning Won’t Save Your Reputation

You shouldn’t put off the driveway cleaning any longer than you have to, even though it is a very unpleasant task. When it comes to selling your home, the realtor will be the first to tell you how this can create such a bad impression for potential buyers, that they just opt to move to the next property and don’t even get out of the car.
Driveway cleaning does not have to be a regular chore, quite apart from sweeping up all the leaves in the fall of course, as a little bit of prevention is worth all that effort to cure. It’s likely that the stains that appear are caused by drips from your car or truck, stains that appear when you clean off your wheels or treat your tires and other maintenance related chores. When it comes to these tasks, you can’t avoid some of this damage, or can you?
Almost everyone of those stains that appear over time, causing you to consider driveway cleaning, have been caused by the vehicles that you park there overnight. If you had put a floor mat, just like the one in your garage, beneath these vehicles, this would not have happened. Floor mats come in a neutral color so that they don’t stand out and cause attention by themselves. They work extremely well, by containing all those stains that would otherwise have damaged the concrete.
What are the best solutions when it comes to driveway cleaning? Many people swear by the effectiveness of a high-pressure washer, but you may find that you need to treat some of the more stubborn areas anyway. Using a high-pressure washer may appear to be an easy way out, but those who have tried this method can attest to the fact that it is a backbreaking chore in its own right.
Commercial kitty litter can be one of the best ways to get rid of ground in oil stains in your driveway. Get a couple of bags of this and spread it over the area to be treated, grounding it in with a broom. After leaving it overnight, you should be able to shovel up the worst of the mess.
A variety of options will definitely work, depending on who you listen to, when it comes to driveway cleaning. Some people tell you to use brake cleaner, others diluted bleach, while some reckon that Coke product works like a charm!
You had better believe that a badly stained driveway says a lot about you. Don’t wait until it’s time to sell your home before you think about doing something, as the neighbors will certainly not be happy with you, as the state of your property often says a lot about the neighborhood. Driveway cleaning does not have to be a regular task if you use purpose made, vinyl-based mats instead.
By placing a floor mat in your driveway, you will help to avoid a significant, additional issue. If you don’t have one, you will tend to park your car in a slightly different position each night and all this will do is spread that leaking oil over the entire area……

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Kitchen Remodel

Laminate Floor Cleaning & Maintenance

Laminate flooring has emerged as an extremely popular alternative to traditional wood flooring. When you take into consideration the beauty of these floors, cheaper cost, and its ease of installation, it is easy to see why.
Laminate flooring is pretty easy to maintain. The most important weapon in your arsenal is a trusty broom or vacuum (with beater bar turned off!). This is true for any floor surface in your home. Side note: If you ever hire a professional cleaner (carpet, tile & grout, etc.) always ask what their first step is. If they don’t vacuum or sweep first, then you need to immediately look for a more “Professional” cleaner. Once you have gotten all the excess “dry soil” off your floor, then basically all you need to do is a quick mopping. I highly recommend a microfiber mop, as they are perfect for these floors.
For weekly maintenance you can just use water. Make sure you ring out the mop as much as possible, as you want to avoid too much moisture. The pad should just be damp. You should also avoid vinegar on your laminate floors. I see a lot of people on the internet that recommend this as a budget cleaner, however, vinegar is an acid. If you repeatedly expose your floor to acid it can potentially damage the aluminum oxide coating of the laminate, thus dulling your floor. If your floor requires more cleaning power than a damp pad, then there are cleaners available that were engineered specifically for that.
Avoid waxes and polishes as well. Again, there are other products available that will restore your shine without any of the adverse effects. Finally, there may be no better defense for your flooring than a strategically placed mat or mats. This can make a huge difference, especially if your laminate floor is by an outside entry point.
Perhaps a bigger problem for laminate floors are scratches from pets or furniture. The reason scratches give laminate floor owners such a headache is that a laminate floor is actually a picture of wood placed on melamine which is placed on a particle board and coated with aluminum oxide. The aluminum oxide coating – which is the top surface (wear layer), is very thin. Unlike wood, laminate cannot be sanded down and refinished. Therefore if you get scratches your options are limited. At this point you basically have 3 ways to go. You can replace the entire floor, buy a special repair kit and try to fill in the scratches by hand, or buy a laminate cleaning product that can hide those scratches. Obviously this will also depend on the severity and frequency of those scratches, but needless to say replacement is the “if nothing else works” option.
Laminate flooring does require some special attention and care, but all in all, it is a very easy to maintain flooring option. They are designed to last up to 20 years, and with the proper care and maintenance, there is no reason that they can’t stay beautiful throughout their life. When you consider everything, it is no wonder that they have become such a popular option among homeowners.…