How to Care for your Marble Floors

Seal Your Marble When Needed. You may have read about applying a marble & granite sealer and all the “hassle” it is, but I assure you it’s not such a big deal once you know what you are doing.

The job is fairly simple to perform. The time and cost involved is really inconsequential when compared to how fabulous marble countertops and floors look in your home — not to mention the added value when compared with other surfaces.

Blot up spills immediately. Marble is much more sensitive than granite to acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, sodas, toiletry products and cleaning products that can etch(dull) the surface finish and lead to marble stains.

Clean surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth. The only cleaning agents you should use on a regular basis are hot water and a specially formulated stone cleaner.

Use coasters under all glasses, bottles and cans. Bottles, cans and glasses that contain acidic drinks may etch the polish or damage the surface.

So make marble cleaning easy and avoid expensive marble polishing and marble restoration by treating your marble tops like fine wood furniture. Always use coasters …no matter what.

Use a tray for toiletry products in the bathroom. A decorative tray can look very nice and it will protect the surface from the damaging chemicals contained in many toiletry products.

Dust mop your marble floor tile regularly. Use a clean, dry, non-treated dust-mop. Be careful using a vacuum cleaner. Worn parts or grit jammed by the wheels may scratch the surface. Also, mop regularly using a specialized stone cleaner.  

Tip: Marble Polishing on floor tile makes a very slick surface when wet, so go with a “honed,” “tumbled” or “sawed” floor tile especially in the bathroom. It will look warm and inviting and hide dust, dirt and stains very well.

Use doormats inside and out along with runners and area rugs. Grit, dirt and sand carried in by our shoes are abrasive and will wear and scratch marble floor tile.

Do Not use generic, store-bought cleaning products of ANY kind. Cleaning marble with products bought at your local store that contain acids, alkalis and other chemicals can etch or damage the countertop surface or degrade the sealant leaving the stone more vulnerable to staining. Unfortunately, most common, popular and name-brand cleaners will damage marble.

Do Not use vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange for cleaning marble. As noted above, a sponge with hot water is all you need on a daily basis and a stone cleaner weekly.

Do not use bathroom, tub & tile or grout cleaners. The powders and even the “soft” creams contain abrasives that will scratch and dull the surface.

Do Not sit or stand on your countertops. Unlike laminate countertops, marble countertops are not flexible and they don’t typically have a plywood backing, so too much weight in one spot could cause a crack.

QJS technicians are certified by the IICRC and can professionally clean your marble surfaces

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CARPET CLEANING. ARE YOU COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES?

We often get calls for quotes for carpet cleaning services, and once in a while we get the “so and so is a lot cheaper than you”. Often we refrain from responding with: “you get what you pay for” or “cheap prices mean cheap services”

Not all carpet cleaning companies are created equal and many customers are confused about the service they are asking for. While most companies promise quality service for a low price, you may not always get it.

Small service businesses have to struggle to compete in a challenging industry that has many “on the fly” entrepreneurs that give a bad reputation to those services providers that offer an honest service.

The key to offering a fair choice is to educate our customers, no matter what service industry you are in, education will make for savvy customers.

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Here are some things to look for in your carpet cleaner.

  • Industry Training and Certification

Ask what types of professional training a company’s technicians have received. A professional carpet cleaning company should employ people that hold the Carpet Cleaning Technician certification by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This is the most common and well-known training body for the cleaning and restoration industry in North America and in Canada. IICRC offers many other industry certifications. All QJS’ senior technicians are certified by the IICRC.

  • Carpet Cleaning Experience and Reviews

Knowledge comes not only with education, but experience. Ask how long a company has been in business and check their social media sites/ review sites for customer feedback.

QJS has been in business for over 25 years and has an unparalleled 5 Star rating in online reviews.

 Carpet Cleaning License and Insurance

In many cities, small cleaning companies come and go rapidly. Ask the company you call whether they are a registered business. A cleaning company should carry liability and WSIB insurance. QJS is a registered corporation and fully insured.

  • Carpet Cleaning Price

If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Price should never be the main reason for choosing a carpet cleaning company. Always read the fine print on advertised specials. QJS is not the cheapest but certainly the best value for your money!

  • Carpet Cleaning Method

The IICRC defines the five main principles of carpet cleaning as:

  • Dry soil removal: Thorough vacuuming helps to remove dry soils from carpet fibers.
  • Pre stain Process: The application of the proper pre-treatment agent to loosen soils from carpet fibers. QJS includes treatments such as enzyme for pet stains and high traffic area treatment.
  • Soil extraction: The most common method for removing soils from carpet is the hot water extraction method, also known as steam cleaning.
  • Grooming: Grooming of carpet helps eliminate matting of fiber and properly distribute cleaning agents.
  • Drying: With normal temperature and humidity conditions, carpet should take no longer than 24 hours to dry. The ideal dry time for carpet should be around six to eight hours. QJS uses air movers and dehumidifiers to speed the drying process.

 

  • PH Treatment 

Many companies use high pH cleaners on a carpet. While they clean well, it makes your carpet a magnet to dirt, allowing it to re-soil easily, and can have a sticky or crunchy feel. This can damage the carpet’s fibers and shorten its useful life. Ask whether the carpet’s pH will be lowered or neutralized following the cleaning to help it stay clean longer.

  •  Service Guarantee

A good carpet cleaning company should offer some type of guarantee. Sometimes spots can come back or other issues occur, so you want to know if you have options should this occur. Also, ask about the time frame for the guarantee so you can be sure you call in time if there is a problem.

We offer 100% guarantee in all our jobs and come back to handle any issues.

  • Customer Service Excellence

So you booked the job and got it done. Did you get a phone call or e-mail reminder of the service? Did you hear back from the company after your service to see if the job was done to your satisfaction? QJS will do this and more. We will be part of the pre-service, during service and after-service process and be available to answer any question at your earliest convenience. Our Customer Service is second to none!

At QJS we follow these and a few more procedures in our Premium Carpet Cleaning services. To find out more visit:  https://www.qjsservices.ca/qjs-perfect-10-carpet-cleaning-process/