Thursday, April 24, 2014

Is Water Damage That Important To Fix?

When your home is victim of a flood, the water damage can be costly if the water is cleaned up correctly and quickly. Doesn't matter if it is from a natural disaster such as storm damage or from a leaking pipe, overflowing bathtub or washer, if the water doesn't get cleaned up thoroughly, the damage it can cause will be expensive.

Man-made or natural tragedies that involve water cause dampness, moisture and wetness that when left to “dry out” on its own will start to mildew and begin to grow mold. Mold is made of microscopic organisms that produce enzymes. While mold is good in some cases such as the decomposition of leaves, plant debris and wood as well as found in some foods such as cheese and medicine such as penicillin.

However, when mold settles in your home, it is very common for those living in the house to suffer from allergies and headaches. Symptoms such as diarrhea, disorientation, dizziness, nausea and rashes are common as well. Even asthma and chronic fatigue have been associated with mold borne from water damage.

To prevent this from happening, it is recommended to have a professional company with experience to come in and clean up the water. They will have all the equipment, tools, knowledge and skills as well to get all the dampness up.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Don't Be Afraid Of Bamboo Floors!

Bamboo has become a popular choice for flooring. The durability it provides makes for a smart choice in busy homes with children and it is eco-friendly. However, they do take some care in cleaning and maintaining them to make sure they last you for years:

1. Every day clean with a dry, soft mop to pick up dirt and dust. When left alone, those tiny particles will
scratch the flooring.

2. A busy home, such as one with children and a lot of traffic, should be vacuumed twice a week.

3. A weekly cleaning with a plain water dampened mop is recommended after vacuuming.

4. Monthly, damp mop with a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar in 1 gallon of warm water.

5. Light scratches can be removed with wax sticks which are available in many colors.

6. Use fine steel wool to remove stains from pets and water. Best if cleaned up immediately of course.

7. A dry rag and past wax will remove shoe scuff marks.

8. A rag dipped in mineral spirits will remove grease or oil stains.

9. Gum stuck on the floor can be removed by laying sheets of paper towel and an ice pack for 15 minutes.
The gum will come up with a plastic spatula and a rag with mineral oil will remove any residue.

10. Crayon marks are easy to remove with paste floor wax.