When it comes time to sell your home, it can be a long and frustrating road. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the things that you need to do. One thing that is often overlooked when selling a house is proper floor care.
Not only can you get better offers for your house if the floor is well taken care of, you can also prevent losing money and turning off potential buyers. You don’t want to have people viewing your house and seeing stained carpet and cracked tile. In this article, I’ll give a few tips that can help to maintain your floors so that you can get the price you deserve.
People tend to take care of their carpet in the same way, which usually involves vacuuming once a week or so. This is a great start, but there are some more things that should be done that will prolong the life of your carpet much more, saving you money in the long run.
Preventing Dirt Stains
The simplest way to prevent dirt getting in the house is to stop it at the door. All that’s needed is a mat right outside the door for the kids and guests to wipe off their shoes on.
Everybody knows that they need to vacuum their carpet at least once in awhile, but how much is enough? Hint, it’s probably more than you think.
The optimal frequency that you need to vacuum will heavily depend on the amount of foot traffic that a specific area gets. In those high traffic areas like the main hall, or any area that pets will use, you’ll want to vacuum at least 3 times per week up to 7 times per week.
For less used rooms and areas you can get by with much less vacuuming. Around 1 or 2 times per week should be sufficient.
Pretty much everyone will have to deal with stains at some point in their life, it’s one of those nuances of being a homeowner. There are situations where you can deal with it yourself, however for serious stains it’s better to call a professional carpet cleaner.
If you do decide to deal with the stain yourself make sure to act fast, as the longer it’s left the more stubborn it will be.
How often you call in a professional to clean your house will depend on how much the carpet is walked on, as well as if there are pets and children using it regularly. The average home will need cleaning by a company like Lake Norman Carpet & Tile Care, about once every 12 months. However, some busy households with pets and messy children will need professional deep cleaning every 6 months or so.
The method that a lot of carpet cleaning companies use is called “hot water extraction”. The way that this method works is by first combining hot, high pressure water with a cleaning detergent, that is then sprayed deep into the carpet.
This mixture does an excellent job of loosening up all the grime and dirt that is nestled deep in the carpet. It is then extracted from the carpet with a strong vacuum pump. Then it is rinsed with hot water which removes all the detergent and balances the PH level of the carpet.
Finally, the carpet is gone over with the vacuum pump a couple more times. This ensures that all the water is removed from the carpet.
Tile and Grout Care
There’s a good reason that tiles are so popular in homes all over the country. They are very resistant to damage and can take a hit here and there without getting scratched like other types of flooring. Whether you have Granite, limestone or marble tiles, there are a few things that should be done every so often for maintenance.
For the basic cleaning of stone tiles, you can use good old baking soda to make a paste. This mix has been around a long time because it just works. All you need to do is mix baking soda with warm water until it makes a paste. Then you can use it for the less stubborn stains that occur.
For ceramic tiles, you can use a natural cleaning solution of vinegar and warm water. Use one-part vinegar with four parts warm water and mix it together. Just be sure not to use this on stone tiles, as the acidic component of vinegar can damage them.
Why should I get my grout sealed? You may wonder. There are a couple benefits of getting this done, with one of them being that the sealant blocks spills from getting into the porous surface of the grout and damaging it.
Grout sealer can block spills from getting into the grout, by getting absorbed deep into the grout and filling all the tiny nooks and crannies. If a spill occurs, it is stopped from getting into the grout, making it much easier for you to clean it up.
Simply getting this done will help your tile and grout to last much longer, saving you money by not having to hire someone to replace it. I would not recommend applying the grout sealer yourself though, unless you have experience doing it. The reason for this, is that if there are any mistakes during the application there could be a sticky residue left behind that is very difficult to remove.
I hope that I was able to explain why floor care is so important when selling your home. It doesn’t take that much extra time, and the reward can be great when it comes time to put your home up on the market! If you need a reputable local company to help with your carpet, tile and upholstery cleaning, then don’t hesitate to give Lake Norman Carpet & Tile Care a call today!