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.

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.