Indoor Maintenance

Floor Care Recommendations

Here are some tips for the care of your vinyl or ceramic floors in either your bathrooms or kitchens.

  1. Sweep your kitchen floor each day to pick up any food crumbs, which may attract insects. Clean floors on a weekly basis using warm water and a cleaning product such as Mr. Clean, Spic ‘n’ Span, Lysol, etc.
  2. DO NOT use products such as Mop ‘n’ Glo, shining products or wax of any kind.
    These products will seal in any dirt left on the floor. The only way this can be removed is by stripping the floors, which in turn could damage the vinyl.
  3. If you have an ant or insect problem, you should clean your floor twice a week using a solution of ¼ cup of Clorox in 2 gallons of water. Do not use bleach directly on the floor. This could damage the finish. After cleaning the floor, place some ant traps in the areas where you saw the ants.
  4. Be sure to keep bathroom ceramic tile free from soap scum to avoid falls. If the floor becomes slippery, use a product such as Lysol Soap Scum Remover or X-14 Soap Scum Remover, which can be purchased at any grocery store, to wash the floor and then rinse thoroughly.
  5. Make sure your kitchen chairs and table have coasters on their legs. Unprotected chairs and tables will scratch or gouge kitchen floors.

 

Wall Maintenance

The walls of your home are painted with a washable paint. Regular cleaning with a sponge or cloth dipped in soap and warm water will remove any dirt or fingerprints that are on your walls.
If you use a wheelchair and are regularly bumping part of a wall and gouging it, please contact us.

We will put protective strips or corner molding on the wall as needed.

 

Care of Laminate Flooring

  1. Vacuum or use a dust mop frequently. If necessary, wipe with a damp cloth using Armstrong Once ‘n Done No-Rinse Cleaner. Use the lowest dilution ratio and do not flood the floor. A light damp mop is all you need.
  2. For spills, spray and wipe with Armstrong Once ‘n Done trigger spray.
  3. Do not use soap-based detergents or “mop and shine products.” As these may leave a dull film on your floor.
  4. Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scouring powder. They can scratch your floor.
  5. Do not wax or polish your floor.
  6. Remove tough spots like shoe polish, tar, asphalt driveway sealer, or nail polish with fingernail polish remover with acetone. Then wipe with a damp cloth.
  7. Use Armstrong Floor Protectors or Felt Pads on furniture and chairs. Unprotected chairs and tables will gouge the floor.
  8. Use a natural or colorfast mat at outside entrances.
The products mentioned above are available at Lowe’s.

Bathroom Care

You should thoroughly clean your bathroom with a disinfectant cleaner once each week. If this is not done, soap scum will begin to build up in your tub and sink. Also be sure to clean your toilet with toilet bowl cleaner and a toilet brush. Lack of cleaning will cause fungus and mildew to grow in bathroom grout. You can find toilet bowl cleaner, tub and grout cleaner and floor cleaner at your local supermarket.

 

Carpet Care

It is your responsibility to keep the carpet clean in your house. You should vacuum your carpet at least once a week to keep dirt from being ground into the carpet. If you see dirt on the carpet you may have to vacuum more often. Anytime you spill something on your carpet, you should clean it immediately to prevent the carpet from being stained. We recommend that you always keep some carpet stain remover in your home to use when spills occur. Carpet stain remover can be found at your grocery store.

If you use a wheelchair, work with your provider to wipe off your wheels when you enter the house in bad weather. This will prevent mud from being tracked into the house in warm weather and ice and road salt in the winter.

We recommend that you have your carpet professionally cleaned twice a year. You may have to do this more often if you have excessive staining.