Make Your Grout Great Again

When you buy a new home or when you are looking at tile in your existing home, you might think it’s time to get rid of everything from the tub to the floor because of dirty grout. Before you go through the hassle of a major renovation, consider these tips for your tile and grout.

 

First try to scrub the surface with a neutral tile and grout cleaner. Neutral cleaners do not have acidic solutions which breakdown sealers like bleach or vinegar. These cleaners are available at most hardware stores. You can even use a toothbrush to clean the grout more efficiently. If your tile is still looking dingy, try a professional cleaning. At Bishop, we have special methods and cleaners that can make your tile and grout look great again.

 

After your tile is clean, whether with a neutral cleaner or a professional cleaning, protect your investment with a grout sealer. Sealers can be found at the hardware store or can be professionally applied by Bishop Clean Care. Most sealers dry within 30 minutes and cure completely within 24 hours.

 

If you are in need of a professional cleaning, schedule one at your convenience through our online scheduler or give us a call today.

When to Clean and When to Replace Your Carpet

Rethink Carpet

Carpet CleaningCarpet is a durable and long-lasting floor covering that serves many useful purposes in the home. While many people think carpet only collects stains and dirt, it’s positive benefits include reducing noise, trapping allergens, and preventing slips and falls. Before replacing your flooring, here’s a few things you should know:

 

Regular cleaning extends the life of your carpet. According to a leading carpet manufacture, Shaw Floors, “Carpet in a typical household should be cleaned every 12 to 18 months, depending on the number of residents and amount of activity.” They also recommend this cleaning to be done through a professional with a hot-water extraction system to keep the carpet warranty intact and to avoid accelerated re-soiling which can happen when other cleaning products are used. Carpet can take a lot of abuse when it is professionally cleaned regularly, and can ensure your investment lasts for years.

 

Not all carpet fibers are equal. Previous, bad experiences with carpet may have been because of cheap fibers. There are four main materials used to make carpets: nylon, polyester, PTT and polypropylene. Nylon is always going to give you the best selection, soil and stain resistance and texture retention, but it is typically the most expensive. But keep in mind, this is an investment in your home and it is better to pay a little more now, instead of paying for a costly replacement later on.

 

If you or your family suffer from seasonal allergies, carpet can make a huge impact on your health and may reduce some of your symptoms throughout the year. Carpet, unlike hard surfaces like wood or tile, trap allergens in its fibers and hold them in place until extracted. Foot traffic on hard surfaces stir up dust, pollen, dander and insect excrement lying on top of the flooring. Carpet, when vacuumed regularly, can help eliminate allergens from your home or office and maintain optimal indoor air quality.

 

At Bishop, we can help protect your carpet with additional Scotch Gard® treatments and keep it looking its best with regular cleaning.

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