Monthly Archives: April 2016

Cleaning Your Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Having clean, glossy-looking luxury vinyl flooring will make your home very attractive and beautiful. In order to keep that shine you will need to follow some cleaning techniques. There are many advantages with having this type of flooring, especially in your bathroom and kitchen. It is durable, cost-effective, easy to maintain, and comes in a variety of designs, patterns, and colors.

To help your luxury vinyl flooring look great you need to clean it regularly to get rid of the dust particles. Dust particles do stick to vinyl flooring so you need to remove it by sweeping it with a broom daily. You should avoid using your vacuum cleaner but if you decide to use one make sure that it does not have the beater bar. Having it on your vacuum can make scratches in your luxury vinyl flooring. If sweeping is not enough you should then mop the floor. When mopping the floor, to get the best results, you should use a neutral pH cleaner and water that is lukewarm. You could also use equal parts of lukewarm water and vinegar to mop the floor. This mixture will also help to eliminate any types of foul odors.

Most everyone will at one time have a difficult stain to clean, especially in the kitchen area. Greasy stains need special attention to remove them from your luxury vinyl flooring because if not there could be some damage inadvertently caused to the floor’s surface. Make sure that you do not use regular detergent on the floor as it could make the surface sticky and attract more dust. If you do use detergent make sure that it is a mild detergent such as dish washing liquid in a quart of water. If you have a stubborn stain wet the area with the solution of water and mild dish detergent or cleaning solution and leave it on overnight to soften up the stain. In the morning just wipe it up with a dry cotton cloth. You can add to a quart of warm water a spoonful of clear ammonia and clean up the stain. If you use this solution make sure that you thoroughly rinse the area to remove the thin film left behind on your luxury vinyl flooring from the ammonia.

If something gets spilled on your luxury vinyl flooring try to wipe it up immediately because if you wait it can become a stubborn stain. After cleaning the spill rinse the area and dry it with a clean cloth. If the polish is damaged after wiping up the spill use a floor polish that the manufactures recommend.


Commercial Kitchen Floor Care Service

Not only should commercial kitchen floors be kept clean and sanitized but all floors of the restaurant should be done basically in the same way. There are many ways and tips for commercial kitchen floor care service. By the time that the staff in the back of the restaurant are finished with their shift their energy is low. If they are the ones that are closing the restaurant there are many extra things that have to be done so the restaurant is ready for next day’s business before the staff can clock out and go home. It is very important to remember in floor care service that restaurant floors have to be maintained hygienically maintained to not only protect the customers but to meet the necessary health regulations and codes.

Some of the tips for kitchen floor care service are:

• Make sure that all of the floor drains are not obstructed and working property because if not, the water used to clean the floors will just lay there until the drain is cleaned out and the water can run out it smoothly and unobstructed
• Typically in a restaurant the bathroom and kitchen floors are made of ceramic or quarry. To help decrease the possibility of a customer or kitchen staff along with maintaining proper sanitation.
• Before you handle any food, make sure that you wash your hands under hot water for a few second with some anti-bacterial soap. Use some soap and water and mop the floorings to help debris from becoming air borne, especially around the workstations or on equipment.
• Change and clean your buckets and mops on a daily basis to help decrease or prevent contaminants from being spread across the floors by a dirty mop. If both of these are not keep clean and sanitized it can become a health code problem.
• To move the moisture on the floors into the drains for quicker drying you should use a squeegee mop.
• At least once a week your floor care service routine should include buffing the floors using a one hundred seventy five rmp buffer. If it is necessary you could do this every day, especially grease, oil, or dirt that could have built up on the back kitchen floors.
• Every restaurant should make sure that the chemicals used to clean the floors, the extra mops, should be stored in the area where other supplies are kept. All of these things should be kept under the sink or in a secure location on shelves to make it harder for all the pests to get inside them.

This article is penned by Lora Davis for Sexton Complete Care. The company has more than 45 years experience providing professional flooring and interior maintenance without business interruption! If you are looking for restaurant hardwood flooring or restaurant floor maintenance and need the services of a Chicago hardwood flooring company then call upon the services of Sexton Complete Care.


How to Prepare for Winter

Winter is rapidly approaching in many parts of the world. With recent weather fluctuations, it can be difficult to determine just how good or bad of a winter we will have in any given year. This is can make preparing for the seasonal change a bit confusing, because you do not want to splurge on supplies that you may not need. At the same time, you do not want to be under prepared in the event that the winter is brutal and a blizzard warning sends residents into frenzy and clears store shelves. To be adequately prepared for winter, it does not require spending a lot of money. Most of the time, as long as you has the essentials on hand; you will be able to survive a winter storm, no matter how brutal.

Stocking up on Supplies

While it is important to have the basic food items on hand – such as water, canned goods as well as flashlights and candles, this article focuses more on what you should have on hand to help control the snow around your home.

· Salt – Having salt and a de-icing material around is a smart move. Once the snow begins to melt, the cold weather will turn the melted snow into ice, which will make navigating around your home dangerous. If you are elderly or disabled, it adds a double threat. Always be prepared throughout the winter with a couple bags of salt.

· Shovels– In order to remove snow from your driveway, sidewalk or porch, you will need to have a heavy-duty shovel on hand. Choose one that is easy for you to work with and is made of quality material. A shovel that is too heavy will be hard for you to operate and will put more strain on your body. One that is made of cheap materials will likely break halfway through the job and leave you exasperated. If you have a very long driveway, it is a good idea to invest in a snow thrower to make your job easier. They can be costly at first, but they usually offset themselves within the first two years of owning one.

Other items that you will want to have on hand include sand – a simple bag or two will do – in case you have trouble getting your car out of the driveway. In addition, ice scrapers should always be kept handy. With these essential tools, cleaning up after a storm will be a breeze.


10 Steps to Winterizing Your Underground Sprinkler System

Late fall is the time of year to prepare your lawn and sprinkler or irrigation system for the coming winter months. To avoid the damaging effects of frozen pipes and sprinkler heads, you can either prepare your sprinkler system yourself or hire a professional to winterize your system for you.

The extent that your system requires winterizing depends on what part of the country you live in. In warm areas, it may mean adjusting the timer or turning it to the off position. In cooler parts of the country, you may need to insulate your valves and anything above ground. In very cold climates, you need to do more. If you live in a climate that freezes, you need to turn off and drain your system or turn off and blow air through the valves and pipes.

Before you start to work on your sprinkler system, however, there are a few lawn maintenance issues to address. Because leaves smother your grass, rake up excess leaves. Late in the fall is a good time to fertilize your lawn, usually about a month before it typically freezes. Your lawn has been growing all summer and the dirt may be lacking nutrients it needs to green up when spring rolls around.

Finally, in most climates you will want to cut your grass short for the winter to give plenty of room for new grass growth in the spring. In lower, warmer elevations, go ahead and leave your grass longer as this will better keep moisture over the winter. Next, it is time to discuss your irrigation or sprinkler system.

The following 10 steps address systems in a cold zone prone to freezing:

    1. Locate the main water source to the irrigation system.
    1. Turn the water supply off to your sprinkler system before the first frost by locating the shut-off valve that controls water flowing to your system. This valve is generally in an underground box below the frost line or in a heated area. In Salt Lake City, for example, the frost line is 32″ so the valve would be below that level. A special tool, called a stop and waste key or curb key, is required. The keys are available at your local hardware store. Most valves are closed by turning the valve one-quarter of a turn to the right.
    1. Open all drains, including you backflow preventer assembly, and leave them open for a few hours to allow all water to escape.
    1. Remove your sprinkler heads so the water will drain from them and not freeze during the winter.
    1. Clean out any remaining water with an air compressor, charging it to 60 pounds per square inch (psi). Start by inserting the air hose into the nozzle of the drain valve located nearest the main water shut off and force out excess water with a short blast of air. Begin next with the zone furthest from the control. Activate one zone of your system at a time and leave it open as you rotate around blasting each with air, and closing it off before moving to a different zone.
    1. Replace all the sprinkler heads and close the backflow preventer valve. One note of caution here: metal pipes can tolerate up to 80 psi but flexible hosing requires much less pressure. Higher psi’s can actually damage flexible hosing. You will also want to avoid blowing the air through the back flow as hot air can damage it. Your irrigation maintenance expert will know how much air pressure is right for your system.
    1. In excessively cold climates, you may want to add a blanket of fiberglass, or at least an old blanket or towels covered by plastic over the valves and piping in you sprinkler control box.
    1. Turn off the power to timers and remove batteries after you have blown out the water from each zone and unplug power cords or turn off the power source through your breaker panel.
    1. Cover and apply foam insulation to above ground pipes.
  1. Now is also a good time to store your lawn mower and other gardening tools for the winter.

Sprinkler or irrigation systems in warmer climates that rarely or never freeze do not need this level of maintenance. Many systems have a “rain” or “off” mode that essentially shuts off water to the valves and retains all the programming information. If you are prone to freezing even once or twice, you need to drain your main valve and you may want to cover your water supply system located underground to prevent any remaining water from expanding and breaking pipes. In warm climates, you can also shut down power to the controller but this means you will need to reprogram you system early next spring. It is also a good idea to cover and insulate above ground pipes.

The best advice you can get on what your particular sprinkler or irrigation system needs is from your sprinkler maintenance professional. Once your system is prepared for the winter, you can relax and settle in for winter!

Jillynn Stevens, Ph.D. is a writer with a vast array of subject matter expertise. Along with publishing articles for large and small businesses, she researches, writes and publishes reports on various public policy issues.