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Tips & Tricks for Keeping Your Carpets Spot-free

Are you a carpet hater? Do you often get sick and tired of obsessing about your clean carpet that you think getting rid of it might be the best solution? Don’t fret, keeping your carpet clean isn’t as challenging as you may think! You don’t have to figure out how your friends with two dogs and three kids keep a perfectly looking new carpet. We are here to give you a few simple tricks—not only to help your stress levels but also to help save you money and your carpet!

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Tips & Tricks for Cleaner Carpets

  1. The No Shoe Rule

This should be a given, right? However, many times we start off having good intentions, but end up lapsing over time. Sometimes we think that our shoes really aren’t that dirty. Before you know it, people are walking around your nice, clean carpet with their dirty shoes. This rule can be tough to enforce, but your carpet can gain many benefits from having the no shoe rule. You will have cleaner carpets, less allergens and bacteria, and healthier feet! The no shoe rule works, your carpet will thank you!

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When To Replace Your Flooring

when to replace your flooring

Unfortunately, floors aren’t made to last forever. And while floor cleaning can improve their looks and extend their lives, eventually floors have to be replaced. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your flooring?

Well, the timing depends on your floors. Tile, hardwood, and carpet, and the different types under each of those, come with different shelf lives. The exact time to replace your flooring hinges on several factors, but here are some ways to know when your flooring has seen better days.

Carpet

Carpet has a broad range of life expectancy. Lower quality carpets (like those in your college apartment) typically last one to five years, while the highest quality carpet averages 15 to 25 years. The longevity of your carpet also depends on how many people live with you, if you frequently entertain, if you’re prone to spills, etc.

Though a lot of factors determine how long your carpet will actually last, there are signs you can look for to know when it’s time to move forward.

Stains

This one is the most obvious, but as a reminder: if stains overtake your carpet (and your carpet isn’t in an area where more near-future spills are inevitable – like a playroom),

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Floor Removal Machines: How Do They Work?

Tile Floor Removal in Florida

At Speedy Floor Removal, we use top of the line machines which can remove the flooring and coating in homes and businesses throughout the Gainesville, Florida area. These machines remove the flooring, remove glue, and leave behind little to no dust! However, we have many people who ask us, “How do these floor removal machines work?”

Below, our floor removal experts explain how our machines and floor removal processes work.

About the Floor Removal Machines

At Speedy Floor Removal, we often use two machines to completely remove flooring. The first machine is specially designed to remove tile, hardwood floor, carpet, and more. One of our floor removal experts sits on this machine and drives it throughout the home to remove all flooring. Then, our team disposes the old wood, carpet, or tile. Even though the flooring is removed, the project is only halfway done.

Coating Removal

The second step is to remove the glue and coating. In order for new flooring to be installed, this glue must be removed. Unfortunately, this is where the dust is created and scattered throughout your home. To capture this dust, we use another special machine which sands down this coating and sucks the dust at the same time.

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Five Secrets to Keeping Your Carpets Clean

Photo of man working to keep his carpets clean

It usually doesn’t take long before spots start appearing on your carpets. Whether you have pets, children, or you yourself have a spill, accidents do happen—and unfortunately it happens quite frequently on your flooring.

There are many stains that are hard to get out—including wine, wax, grease, and soda. Below, the floor removal experts at Speedy Floor Removal has outlined five secrets to keep your floors clean and lasting longer.

Secret 1: Blot, Don’t Rub

If there is a spill on your carpets, it’s almost second nature to rub your towel in a circle to get the stain out. This method actually rubs the stain deeper into the carpets rather than bringing it to the service. Instead of rubbing your towel in a circular motion, try blotting the stain. This will help absorb the stain into the towel instead of pushing it deeper—which makes it nearly impossible to remove.

Secret 2: Treat Your Carpets Like Clothing

If you spill grease on your favorite blouse, how would you treat it? Mothers for ages swear by sprinkling powder over the grease stain or by using grease-cutting dish detergent. Treat your carpets like you would your clothing by using the best method to get out those tough stains.

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The Dangers of Dust Inhalation

Simply reading about dust inhalation makes you want to sneeze doesn’t it?

That reaction should come as no surprise, especially to those who are asthmatic or suffer from extreme allergies. It isn’t something that should be taken lightly as it can create lasting health issues for a number of different reasons. In this blog, we’ll highlight 3 dangers of dust inhalation and list preventative measures you can take to limit potential health problems caused by dust.

Dust Inhalation Can Trigger Asthma Symptoms

Dust allergies usually cause itchiness in the throat, watery eyes, wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Breathing in dust can cause these symptoms to worsen and lead to inflammation in the nose and throat. If you’re working in a dusty environment, it is important that you wear a disposable respirator in order to avoid dust inhalation. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, exposure to dust while on the job, or “occupational asthma” effects an estimated 15% of Americans.

Dust Contains Bacteria and Fungi

Did you know that the average American household contains up to 7,000 types of dust-related bacteria and 2,000 species of fungi? Your carpet alone can contain up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch.

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The Advantages of Carpet Tile

Are you looking for a low-maintenance, efficient, durable, high-quality, low-priced, commercial grade flooring option? Well, we may have just what you’re looking for. Although it may sound too good to be true, there does indeed exist a product so versatile that can meet all of these requirements.  

Carpet Tile

Why bury the lead?

The product we’re talking about is carpet tile. Believe it or not, carpet tiles have been in use since the mid-nineteenth century and were first sold by a small Dutch carpeting company outside of Amsterdam. The idea behind the invention of carpet tile was to design a product that would have the same functions as a full sized carpet, but eliminate the waste that occurs from cutting and trimming to fit certain spaces.

Carpet tile would continue to gain popularity throughout Europe, especially in urban areas in which many people lived in small apartments and did not have enough space for a full-sized rug. It proved popular in the commercial sector as well and many businesses made the switch to carpet tile because of its remarkable durability.

Uses and Advantages

Now that you know a little bit about the history of carpet tile,

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How Do I Clean Linoleum Flooring?

Linoleum flooring can be a cost-efficient option for families looking for a flooring change.

It’s versatile, fitting any room of your house. You can find linoleum flooring in a large number of patterns and colors. Pick out a type of linoleum that already matches your decorating to keep some extra money in your pocket in the end.

Once it’s installed, linoleum can be taken care of without much work. Here’s all you need to know about cleaning and maintaining your linoleum flooring:

Sweep or Vacuum Floor First

If you’re going to use a liquid product on the linoleum flooring, which is the best way to clean it, then you need to make sure that all dirt is off the floor. If not, the dirt already on the floor just gets spread out, and the floor doesn’t have the smooth, clean feeling that you’re looking for in the end.

Do this by vacuuming or sweeping the entire portion of the floor that you plan to clean.

Pick A Floor Cleaning Product

There are many products available to use as the cleaning solution for your floors. Go to your local store and search the cleaning aisle,

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The Ultimate Guide to Economic Flooring

When you’re ready for a change in your home, seeking out economic flooring can be the way to do it on a budget. Homeowners can often be scared away from flooring changes because of prices, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

New flooring doesn’t have to be expensive. You can get a new look on the floor of your home by choosing from some economic flooring options that will turn heads while keeping money in your wallet.

Here are some examples of economic flooring that can provide the look you want without the expensive price:

Cork Flooring

Cork can give your floor a unique look. It’s made out of natural materials and has become more heavily used in the United States because of its environmentally friendly elements. The floor is naturally resistant to mildew, mold and termites, making it a healthier option of flooring that doesn’t off-gas like normal floors can when they are installed.

The most unique part of cork is that it gives a cushion under your feet. It won’t feel like you’re in a bounce house, but it is softer than normal hardwoods would be.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum is an option of economic flooring that can still provide an eye-catching look.

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The Importance of Dust-Free Floor Removal

Dust Free Floor Removal in Florida

When it’s time to get your floors removed, dust-free floor removal is the ideal approach for your home or business. It can help you avoid the dust mess that can overtake your home while also keeping your family safe.

Dust Can Be Dangerous

Dust can contain residue from cleaning products. Some intake here and there can be a problem, but the problems increase when your floors are replaced if you don’t use a dust-free process. Having dust in your house isn’t always something that can be controlled. However, when floor removal is necessary, dust laying around the house can be spread all over if you aren’t using a dust-free approach.

Dust can be dangerous for people of all age ranges. It can impact those with allergies and asthma while producing itchy skins and eyes for others. Coughing, sinus issues and bronchial infections can also pop up from simply having too much dust in a house.

If flooring is removed without a dust-free approach, the amount of dust in the area can cause health problems for everyone in a house during and after the process.

Dust-Free Floor Removal Eliminates the Cleaning Bill

When flooring of any kind is removed,

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New Carpet Smell: What You Need To Know

Your carpet can start to smell for many reasons. It can begin as a new carpet smell, starting right after the carpet is put down because of fumes from the installation process. As the carpet gets later in its life, it can get a musty smell that becomes repulsive to a home owner. The reason your carpet smells is often drawn back to how old it is.

Most carpet installation projects end with the same smell filling the room for days, sometimes weeks, after the project is over. The repulsive smell isn’t even the worst news. Those smells signal the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Here is what you need to know about VOCs, the best possible ways to limit them and other reasons your carpet begins to smell:

What are VOCs?

The VOCs are present in new carpet, carpet pads and adhesives, spreading through the air of your home after installation. They can include formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzene, toluene, perchloroethylene and others.

VOCs are the reason clients with new carpet can battle coughing, fatigue, headaches and shortness of breath, as well as eye, nose and throat irritation. They can contribute to immediate and long-term health issues for different people.

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