Does Your Hardwood Floor Cleaner Say “Shine” on the Bottle?

I was walking through a supermarket yesterday and glanced down at the array of hardwood cleaners. I couldn’t help to stop and look if any had the dreaded “shine” on the front of the bottle. Wow! Most possessed that most excellent persuasive word: “Shine!” Note: Other synonyms apply: Glow, Polish, Gloss, Rejuvenate, Protects, Revitalizes, etc.

While I’m sure it isn’t true for every hardwood cleaner, I’m confident it is for most. The word “shine” indicates the hardwood floor cleaner likely possesses some time of acrylic wax. Unlike urethane finish, acrylic was is a soft, short-term hard surface finish that lasts 3 to 6 months.

The best analogy to help homeowners understand acrylic wax is that it’s like a bad addiction; after using it once, you must keep using it until intervention. After applying the acrylic finish, the floors look nice and shiny, though it’s really a chintzy type of shine. But after a few months of walking on it, the acrylic looks drab and dull again.

This motivates the homeowner to apply more because, well, it’s dull again. This cycle continues until years later the floor is so globby the homeowner breaks down to call a professional hardwood floor cleaning service.

At this point, the customer may not even know that the last ten years she’s been applying a wax not realizing how difficult it is even for a professional to remove the wax finish. After a short intervention, denial and final acceptance, we explain that the hardwood must be stripped of the wax, which is far more invasive than cleaning it.

What To Do Next?

If you discover your hardwood cleaner, or your maid’s hardwood cleaner has the word “shine” on it, call the company or visit their website and search for a Safety Data Sheet (SDS). This will tell you if it contains acrylic polymer(s), which has several different names. If it does, you are welcome to call us for wax removal quote, but please note, we cannot remove all of the acrylic wax, only a significant amount.

Another option is to have a hardwood floor refinisher sand the wax off the floor in what is known as a Screen and Coat service. This requires all the furniture to be removed and can get expensive and messy.

If you have any further questions about caring for your hardwood floor, give us call or drop us a line.

Swapping Grime for Slime on Hardwood Floors

We see loads of it every week, cleaning sludge on hardwood floors. What’s cleaning sludge? It’s an alcohol-based ethoxylated surfactant (dish soap) that most in the industry believe magically evaporates after cleaning, but it doesn’t.

Most hardwood floor cleaners have it, and it does a great job loosening soils. However, if not properly rinsed, it leaves a thin film of residue behind that not only attracts soils, but accumulates with each cleaning.

The Solution to Pollution is Dilution: Surfactant-based cleaners must be thoroughly rinsed from the surface or it will continue to attract soils leaving you to wonder why…Why…WHY?! And using more water isn’t always the answer. Nowadays, a handful of hardwood floors cannot take volumes of water or they’re damaged permanently as their inner core is fiberboard. 

EverClean also uses hardwood cleaners to clean your hardwood floors, but we have special machines that clean-water rinse the detergent away while simultaneously squeegeeing it dry. Our hardwood floor cleaning service restores your floor’s luster leaving it squeaky-clean and ready to adore again.

What Makes Carpet Look So Dirty?

Carpet is the largest filter in your home. It catches far more soil particulates than anything other surface and your vacuum bag can verify that. Cleaning your carpet regularly not only improves its appearance and longevity, but the over indoor air quality of your home.

Did you know you should not clean your carpet when it appears dirty, but on regular intervals to remove the oils and soils you cannot see? Most carpet manufacturers recommend cleaning your carpet every 12 to 18 months using the Hot Water Extraction method (HWE) from a reputable carpet cleaning company.

Why Doesn’t My Vacuum Cleaner Clean May Carpet?

Most people don’t realize that oil is one of the most common soils found in carpet. Human sebum, pet dander and air-borne cooking oils act as an adhesive on not only your carpet, but your hardwood floors, laminate, vinyl and tile & grout. As these oils accumulate, they trap dust and dirt that vacuum cleaners can only smear around.

Extracting the oil from the carpet fiber is the best way to hit the reset button. EverClean applies the correct amount of detergent to the floor where it loosens the oils so we can extract them. This leaves your carpet fibers clean and soft.

Soil as Sharp as a Glass

While soil appears harmless it’s actually incredibly sharp when viewed with a microscope. Soil consists of mineral compounds that contain sharp edges that cut away at carpet fibers and floor finishes as we walk on them. In fact, even after extracting soils from the carpet fiber, your carpet may still appear soiled as the light refracts from the microscopic scratches caused by sharp soils.

Known as graying or abrading, sharp soils wear into the finish of each carpet fiber creating a divot that changes the direction of the light. Similar to washing your car with sandpaper, carpet, upholstery and hardwood floors may appear dingy after a thorough cleaning not because they’re dirty, but because soils have scratched the surface. As light reflects off the scratches, they refract in countless directions causing a gray appearance.

Cleaning your textiles regularly can reduce graying, and allow your floors to last much longer. While it’s impossible to stop graying or abrading, having your textiles cleaned regularly reduces this known problem while keeping your home clean and healthy.

Are you interested in removing sticky oil from your floors? Visit any of our service pages above for an online quote and to schedule your next cleaning.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Disinfecting Service Nashville

Many of us in Nashville, TN are concerned with contracting the Coronavirus sickness. Also known as COVID-19, what cleaning measure can we take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to ensure our home and office stays safe.

EverClean offers COVID-19 disinfecting services using an EPA pre-approved disinfectant called E23. E23 has up to 99.9% pathogen kill rate when applied properly to non-porous surfaces.

EverClean’s Home and Office Disinfecting Service involves applying E23 to common touch points such as door knobs, handles, table tops, faucet handles and many other common touch-points to effectively eliminate Coronavirus. This allows your employees to feel they’re in a safe and disinfected environment.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information or to receive a free COVID-19 disinfecting service quote or call us at 615-379-3278.

Carpet Cleaning Machine Rental Near Me South Bend

Here are a few tips when considering cleaning your South Bend Indiana carpet with a rental carpet cleaning machine. You want to thoroughly pre-vacuum your carpet prior to cleaning to remove as much dry particles as possible. Adding water to dry soils makes mud, so remove as much dry particles before you clean your South Bend, Granger Indiana or Mishawaka carpet with a rental machine.

Once you’ve thoroughly vacuumed your carpet, I recommend applying detergent directly to your carpet instead of using the reservoir in the rental carpet cleaning machine. You’ll want to use a gallon pump up sprayer and mix the carpet cleaning detergent accordingly. Note: Using more than the recommended amount of detergent doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have cleaner carpet. Too much detergent can lead to your carpet getting dirtier faster. The reason is that the surfactant within the carpet detergent, if not significantly removed, can cause rapid resoiling. Now, after you have applied the cleaner to the carpet pile, you’ll want to wait a minimum of 15 minutes before extracting it out with your South Bend carpet cleaning rental machine. This ensures that the detergent has sufficient time to loosen the soils prior to extraction. Note: It is best to agitate the carpet with a clean shop broom to further help the soils to loosen from the carpet pile. Also note: Do not allow the carpet cleaning detergent to dry on the carpet pile; extract it after 15 minutes of applying.

After you have applied the detergent and agitated your carpet, I recommend using the Mishawaka rug doctor or any quality rental carpet cleaning machine to extract the detergent from your carpet. We prefer the Bissell Big Green carpet cleaning rental machine when cleaning high rises or hard-to-get-to carpeted areas. For softer carpet, add one ounce (two tablespoons) of distilled vinegar per one gallon of hot water to the carpet rental machine’s reservoir tank (where you would usually add the water and detergent) then start extracting. Note: For faster dry times, I recommend four dry passes to one wet pass, e.g., push away dry, pull back wet (which is also a dry stroke), push away dry then back dry. This allows for more moisture removal. See how to dry your carpet fast in another post.

I hope this post helps those in the Greater South Bend area and abroad when looking to clean their carpet with a rental carpet cleaning machine. You must be wondering why I would be giving away such helpful advice considering we are a professional carpet cleaning company in South Bend Indiana. The reason is that our machines are very powerful and a local rental carpet cleaning machine near me cannot compare to the results we deliver. Plus, most of our carpet cleaning customers are not DIY’ers. Don’t get me wrong, rental carpet cleaning machines are great for pinch hitting, but for deep carpet cleaning and heavy soil removal, our truckmounted equipment is your best option.

For a free carpet cleaning quote or if you have found yourself in a carpet cleaning rental machine nightmare situation, call us: 574-999-0484


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How Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning Method Works

Hot Water Extraction (HWE) works by shooting extremely hot water into your carpet pile while extracting it out basically at the same time. EverClean Carpet Cleaning offers HWE and first starts by pre-vacuuming your carpet to remove dry soils. We then apply a non-hazardous detergent to your cut-pile or berber carpet fibers. We then agitate the carpet fibers to help the detergent loosen the soils. After agitation, we use a carpet cleaning wand that injects and extracts the spent detergents and soils out of your South Bend carpet.

How long does it take my carpet to dry?

Carpet dry times depend on several factors: Outside humidity, soil load, air movement and carpet fiber density. EverClean Carpet Cleaning estimates a normally soiled carpet on a dry day with moderate fiber density with an HVAC system to dry between 5 to 8 hours. For heavily soiled, thick carpet on a rainy day could add an additional 4 to 6 hours to the dry time. Your EverClean Carpet Cleaning Technician knows how reduce dry time by using your heat and air conditioning system as well as recommend other techniques for the fastest carpet dry time possible.

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Pet urine odors in carpet is a problem that just doesn’t disappear on its own. If you live in the South Bend Indiana area and are trying to remove dog urine or cat urine odors from your carpet you must remove the pet urine form the source first. If you think about it, carpet is only a mesh textile that is very porous. When a dog, cat, ferret or rabbit urinates on the carpet, it passes through the carpet and pools in the padding beneath. Worse, it saturates the wood or concrete subfloor beneath.

The best way to remove the pet urine odors from your South Bend carpet without replacing it is to remember the saying: The solution to pollution is dilution. Cleaning the surface of your carpet wont help so you must remove it from the pad beneath. How EverClean Carpet Cleaning removes pet urine odors in South Bend is by giving the urine salts exactly what they want: Water. We find each pet urine spot with a Ultra Violet light, then re-saturate the urine spot, carpet and pad, with hot water that contains a weak acid, white distilled vinegar will do if you’re the Do-it-yourself type. We then disperse the cleaning solution into the pad by simple stepping on it (with rubber shoes). Note: Pet urine odors are acidic when they’re fresh but become alkaline after they become rancid. The weak acid simply helps break up the alkaline salts.

After re-saturating the pet urine stain we use a special platform that we place on top of the carpet spot that then sucks the spent cleaner and pet urine up out of the carpet and out to our van. For DYI, a wet/dry shop vac will work but you must push the vacuum down into the carpet to remove as much of the moisture as possible. A thick cotton towel will also work by simply setting it on top of the urine spot and standing on it to wick the fluids back into the towel. Note: You will never be able to fully remove pet urine scent from that towel so it’s a good idea to turn the towel into a cleaning rag afterwards.

Allow the freshly cleaned pet urine spot to completely dry, usually after a day or so, and the odor should not be noticeable any longer unless you put your nose right down into it. Another additional step is to apply enzyme after flushing out the pet urine from the carpet. EverClean Carpet Cleaning applies enough enzyme, usually an ounce or two depending on the size of the urine stain, then again we step on it to disperse it into the pad beneath. The enzyme does two things, 1) Breaks down the odor causing bacteria usually over a two week period; 2) Allows some of the enzyme to penetrate the subfloor to also attack any bacteria that has seeped into the unfinished wood or concrete. Note: Enzyme is obviously not recommended if there is finished wood beneath, though the pet urine has likely already damaged any finished subfloor beneath.

After applying enzyme and dispersing into the pad EverClean Carpet Cleaning then cleans the surface of the carpet while leaving the enzyme in the pad so it continues to work after the cleaning. If you have pet urine odors in your carpet and you live in the greater South Bend Indiana area, give us a call today to set up a cleaning or if you just have more questions about how to remove pet urine odors yourself. We’re glad to help!

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