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Best Types of Flooring for Florida Beach Homes

Florida Beach Home Flooring

If you live around near the coast in Florida and frequent the beach, there is no doubt you probably struggle with sand in your home. While the beaches give many Jacksonville and St. Augustine residents a place to cool off and relax, it, unfortunately, follows you home (and not in a good way!). Whether you own a beach home or your permanent residence is near the coast, there are several ways you can make your beach clean-up experience easier—it starts with your flooring.

There are different types of flooring that are better than others when it comes to cleaning up fine particles such as sand. Below, the experts at Speedy Floor Removal have compiled the three best types of flooring for any Florida beach home.

Best Types of Flooring for Coastal Homes

Luxury Vinyl Plank

Luxury vinyl has come a long way in the past several years. What used to be very expensive is now affordable for most and best of all, easy to clean. Because hardwood flooring can be easily ruined with sand, luxury vinyl gives homes that hardwood flooring look without risking expensive damage over time. Vinyl plank is also waterproof which helps it last longer and stay durable.

Tile

There is a reason why many homeowners put tile in kitchens and bathrooms; it’s because it’s easy to clean! Tile flooring in a Florida beach home is no exception to this rule. While tile typically isn’t found in living areas of the home, many flooring companies offer tile in a variety of styles and colors and often doesn’t look like traditional tile found in baths.

Concrete

Concrete flooring has become a huge trend in the last few years. Giving many homes an industrial look, concrete is durable and can withstand just about anything. Some flooring companies are now offering dying and coloring techniques where you can change the color from the dark, industrial look to a modern, one of kind colored or textured finish. Concrete flooring is easy to clean and maintain which is perfect for coastal properties.

One disadvantage with concrete flooring is how hard the floor is. However, with area rugs and a frequent vaccum, concrete can be a durable flooring perfect for a coastal home.

If you’re replacing your flooring in your beach home, contact the experts at Speedy Floor Removal. Our team can help you update your home with modern flooring by taking care of the hardest part–the floor removal! Contact our team today for a floor removal quote.

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How to Choose the Best Floor Removal Company

If you’re thinking about replacing the flooring in your home, you probably already know that you have a pretty large project at hand. Luckily, there are many floor removal contractors nationwide to help with such a project.

But with so many contractors in today’s market, there also comes a lot of impostors. So, how do you choose the best floor removal company for your upcoming project?

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Floor Removal: The Guide to Best Floor Removal Practices

The time has come. You have finally reached the realization that you need a new floor. Whether you are renovating your home or just replacing the tile your bathroom—the time has come to replace your floor. For the most part, floor removal is pretty cut and dry. However, what you may not realize is that there are significant differences between DIY  floor removal and hiring a floor removal specialist. What is even more important to know is the effects that virtually dust-free floor removal has on you, your home, and your environment.

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Virtually Dustless Tile and Thinset Removal

The process of removing tile and thinset can be messy; however, a virtually dustless floor removal prevents dust from filling up your home and settling. Having the proper equipment reduces airborne dust that ends up collecting in all areas of your home. We guarantee that our virtually dustless floor removal process captures about one pound of dust per square foot. Therefore, our virtually dustless process is cleaner, safer, and healthier than standard floor removing services.

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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!

  1. Spot Cleaning

We can all get over enthusiastic with a drink when the Gators score a touchdown. So, having a home spot cleaning kit in hand is a good idea. It is also a good idea to have clean, cotton towels with a floor cleaning spray bottle to quickly deal with a mess. Most think that the spill itself is what damages the carpet. However, it is the spill that is left in the carpet that causes the real damage. If the spill is left to penetrate the carpet it can be really difficult to get the stain out and it also becomes a magnet to everything else that comes into contact with. Before you know it, you have a big, dark ugly stain. The best thing to do is as soon as a spill occurs, gently dab the spill and then go over it with some type of carpet cleaner.

  1. Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum

A good rule to remember with vacuuming is to do it at least one to three times per week. The biggest problem with carpet is that it hides dust and dirt very well from the human eye. When dirt and/or dust collects on top of the carpet—if let go—will end up being walked on top of and smashed into the carpet fibers. This build up of dirt and dust is abrasive and can actually break down the carpet fibers which cause it to flatten out over time. This is why many times higher traffic areas looked more worn out than the rest of the areas. Again, we cannot stress enough the importance of vacuuming.

  1. Professional Cleaning 

Taking all of the necessary steps to keeping our carpet clean can only do some much. If you really want your carpet to look like new, then we suggest hiring a carpet cleaning professional once or twice a year. These professionals have the proper equipment and training to give your carpet a deep clean. Carpet cleaning professionals can get your carpet to tip top condition in no time at all.

  1. Place Walk-Off Mats 

Wherever your carpet sees the most traffic is where you should place a walk-off mat. Many times, these mats are placed in front of sofas, chairs, or entry/exit points. These mats are great for absorbing soil and moisture. Make sure to clean these walk-off mats regularly so they don’t trap dirt and/or moisture that can then be transferred to your carpet. Another great tip is to make sure to check the walk-off mats colorfastness. Colorfastness is the resistance of the materials color to fade or run. You don’t want your walk-off mats to bleed through onto the carpet below. You see this many times with black rubber mats.

  1. Replace Your Carpet

If you take the necessary precautions stated above, you can get a long life out of your carpet. However, flooring life depends on many factors. A good rule of thumb to remember is that you can expect your carpet to last between 5-15 years. The more expensive the fibers, the longer the carpet will last. If you’re dealing with less expensive carpet, you could see wear and patchiness in as little as 3-5 years. Regardless, Speedy Floor Removal is here to remove your old carpet and prep for your new one quickly and affordably.

 Speedy Floor Removal

From the beginning, Speedy Floor Removal has focused on training and developing the team to provide them with everything they need to provide the best service possible. Speedy Floor Removal knows the best ways to perform a variety of procedures in your home. In the end, our ultimate goal is to help others by providing the best service possible. Our focus on training, quality service, and customer satisfaction is why we are #1 in Gainesville, FL.

Call or Request a Quote with Speedy Floor Removal today!

 

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Five Secrets to Keeping Your 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. Some ways to get tough stains out include: Carpet Cleaning Tips

  • Grease – Dish Detergent
  • Pen/Ink – Rubbing Alcohol or Hair Spray
  • Wine – Dish Detergent and Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Grass – Diluted White Vinegar
  • Gum – Freeze the Gum, Then Remove

For more tips on how to remove tough stains, click here.

Secret 3: Vacuum Frequently

Experts suggest vacuuming should be done twice a week to maintain a clean home. However, if you have pets or children, vacuuming more frequently may be needed to keep your home clean—especially in those high traffic areas. Vacuuming your carpets can remove dust, dander, dirt, and more—which could help your carpets lasting longer and can keep carpets from smelling.

Secret 4: Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner

Would you wear the same pair of socks for six months without washing them? Chances are, you probably wouldn’t wear socks for several days in a row let alone six months. Your carpets should be treated similarly. While carpets do not need to be cleaned daily, you should give them a good scrub every six months to wash out dirt, grime, and dander that is missed with regular vacuuming.

Secret 5: Invest in Rugs

When you walk through your home, you are bringing in millions of microscopic pieces of dirt—which end up trapped in carpet fibers. Rugs help reduce the amount of dirt by trapping dust and dirt as soon as you walk through the door. We recommend a straw-like rug for the outside of your home and a softer rug for inside of the home. You could also place rugs in high traffic areas to help catch even more dirt. To clean rugs, simply take outside and shake, vacuum, or wash with soap and water.

Carpets Which Can’t Be Saved

Let’s face it, when pets and children run and play through your home, it takes a toll on your flooring—sometimes, it just can’t be saved. That’s where Speedy Floor Removal comes in. We are Florida’s floor removal experts who can provide dust-free carpet removal services throughout the North Central Florida are. If you’re carpets are done for and are ready to be replaced, call Speedy Floor Removal for dustless floor removal.

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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. That’s a lot of germs! The best way to limit these germs from multiplying (leading to hazardous dust inhalation) is to keep your carpets dry, vacuumed regularly and steam cleaned 1 – 2 times yearly.

Dust Contains Chemicals

When you see dust in your home, you probably don’t stop to think about what it is made of. While a lot of dust is simply tiny waste particles, there can be dangerous chemicals lurking in dust which can cause serious health issues.

Dust particles created from flooring, tile, and more can contain chemicals known as crystalline silica. According to the United States Department of Labor, “Silica dust is hazardous when very small (respirable) particles are inhaled. These respirable dust particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause disabling and sometimes fatal lung diseases, including silicosis and lung cancer, as well as kidney disease.”

Materials which create crystalline silica dust include:

  • Quartz
  • Stone
  • Rock
  • Sand
  • Brick
  • And many other materials found in your flooring!

How to Remove Dust When Removing Flooring

As you can see, there are many dangers of dust inhalation. If you are removing tile, hardwood flooring, or carpet, it is almost impossible to have a dustless floor removal unless you have the proper equipment. Luckily, if you are in Central Florida, you have Speedy Floor Removal. Our floor removal experts use state of the art equipment in homes and commercial properties to capture dust particles so you can breathe easier and healthier!

To learn more about our dustless floor removal services in Florida, simply give us a call or contact us online.

 

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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, but multiple companies produce a cleaning agent specifically for linoleum flooring.

However, pick one that you’re comfortable with and do some research before making that final decision. It should be a product or brand that you are comfortable with and willing to use on your floors.

Polish Your Linoleum Flooring

The cleaner you purchase will have instructions for how to create the solution needed to clean your floors, but it often involves mixing it with water. The water generally needs to be warm for cleaning product to mix better.

Once the solution is created, use a mop to spread it over the floor. Allow it to dry with as little foot traffic as possible, and your linoleum flooring will be clean and ready to show off!

If you’re ready for a change in your flooring, contact Speedy Floor Removal to experience our dust-free process that keeps your home clean while the floor is removed. Contact us at 352-415-2832 or send us a message from our website. We also offer free estimates and would love to provide one for you.

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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. It’s also a durable floor, lasting sometimes over 35 years if it is cared for properly. It’s a versatile type of floor that can have different looks, as opposed to the cork flooring which is mostly the same color.

Linoleum is a good flooring for rooms that can get water on the floor. Its water resistance makes it a good choice for bathrooms, kitchens and even laundry rooms. It can also go in high-traffic areas without wear concerns.

Laminate Flooring

If you don’t want to pay for hardwood flooring, laminate can provide a cheap option that still gives you the same look as wood. For as many hardwood choices as there are for homeowners, there are just as many laminate choices that look like wood. The chances are good that you’ll be able to find almost exactly what you’re looking for when you choose laminate.

The flooring can fit in any room of your house, whether you need something for the most high-traffic areas of the home or you want a wood-look for a bedroom. It’s also easy to install and keep clean throughout its life.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl is another option for economic flooring. It has multiple looks that can perfectly match your home’s paint color or cabinets. It is widely viewed as the easiest type of flooring to clean. Wipe it with flooring care products regularly, and you’re done.

It’s also easy to install on your own, keeping even more money in your pocket after not having to pay someone for installation.

When you’re ready for new flooring, contact Speedy Floor Removal to give you a dust-free floor removal experience. Contact us at 352-415-2832 or send us a message from our website. We also offer free estimates and would love to provide one for you.

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