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Carpet & Rugs

Hard dirt and dust particles can damage the pile of your carpet. Regular vacuuming will remove these particles, enhance your carpet’s appearance and prolong its useful life.

  • Vacuum high traffic areas daily, medium to high traffic areas twice weekly and the entire house at least once a week.
  • With the exception of thick loop pile carpets that can fuzz, use a vacuum with a rotating brush or beater bar to loosen soil.
  • Steam clean every 18 – 24 months to extract dirt deep in the carpet.
  • Avoid strong chemicals such as bleach, tile cleaner, mildew removers, oven cleaners, drain openers and plant food that can permanently discolor or dissolve carpet fibers.
  • Use mats or runners in high traffic areas and clean these coverings regularly.
  • Use furniture coasters to distribute the weight of heavy items.
  • When moving furniture, place a protective barrier between furniture and carpeting.
  • To prevent fading, close drapes or blinds during hours of direct sunlight.
  • Treat stains immediately to prevent them from becoming permanent:
    • Scrape the spill gently with a spoon or dull knife to remove as much as possible.
    • Use a mild, clear, non-bleach laundry detergent to clean (1/4 teaspoon detergent to 32 oz. of water).
    • Use a white cloth or paper towel to clean stain.
    • Work from the outer edge of the stain
      towards the center to avoid spreading.
    • To prevent fuzzing, blot, don’t scrub.
    • Follow with a clear water rinse and then blot dry.


While their beauty is unparalleled, there are steps you should take to enhance the appearance and longevity of your wood floors.

  • Vacuum (felt vacuum head), sweep or dust mop at least once a week.
  • Wipe up spills and tracked-in dirt immediately.
  • Periodically perform a thorough cleaning with a good hardwood floor cleaner.
  • Never clean or wet mop with water; may damage floors.
  • Never use ammonia or wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soap, abrasive cleaners or acidic materials (such as vinegar) as they can pit or etch the floor.
  • Use interior and exterior doormats, as well as area rugs in high traffic areas to prevent tracking dirt.
  • Keep animal nails trimmed and avoid walking on wood floors with spike-heels to avoid scratches.
  • Do not roll or slide heavy objects across floor;
    instead, carefully “walk” the item.
  • Use furniture leg protector pads.
  • Protect floor from direct sunlight to prevent fading.


Laminate is extremely low maintenance, but still requires regular cleaning to keep it looking its best.

  • Vacuum regularly.
  • Wipe spills with a damp cloth or sponge.
  • Mop occasionally with manufacturer’s recommended cleaner.
  • Do not use soap-based detergents or “mop and shine” products, as these may leave a dull film on the floor.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool,
    or scouring powder as these can scratch.
  • Do not use wax or polish.


Although extremely low maintenance, regularly cleaning your vinyl floor will keep it looking beautiful longer.

  • Sweep vinyl floors at least once a week.
  • Mop occasionally with manufacturer’s recommended cleaner; avoid soaps, cleaning powders and detergents as they will leave a film.
  • Wipe up spills immediately to avoid stains.
  • Place doormats at home entrances to prevent dirt tracking; avoid latex-backed, rubber-backed or coco-fiber mats.
  • Use plywood or sheets of underlayment to
    protect floor when moving heavy objects.
  • Protect floor from sunlight that can fade or discolor.
  • To restore high-gloss, use manufacturer’s recommended polish.

Ceramic Tile & Stone

Ceramic tile requires less care than most other flooring, but there are steps you can take to maintain its beauty.

  • Vacuum or sweep regularly.
  • Wipe up spills immediately to avoid grout stains.
  •  Wash floor regularly with a mild, diluted detergent solution such as Mr. Clean or Spic and Span; rinse thoroughly.
  • Avoid ammonia-based cleaners as they may discolor grout.
  • Never wax.

Cork & Bamboo

Beautiful and natural, with routine maintenance, cork and bamboo flooring will last for years.

  • Sweep or vacuum regularly.
  • Clean spills right away.
  • Use only cleaners specified for use on pre-finished hardwood.
  • Cleaning with water is not recommended.