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Hiring and Communicating with a Home Cleaning Service

Thanks for stopping by my website. My name is Annabelle Collins. My husband and I live in a large house with our two teenage children. We’re fortunate in that we’re able to have a cleaning service come and clean on a weekly basis. In the past, I found that it was difficult for me to exert myself when it came to hiring and communicating with our cleaning service. I’ve never been very authoritative, and that shone through in a not good way. I wanted things to be done in a certain way, but found it difficult to ask for what I wanted. I have come to realize that in order for the service to do the job I want to be done, I have to ask for it to happen. I doubt that I’m alone in the fact that this is difficult, and want to share my experience and growth.


Hiring and Communicating with a Home Cleaning Service

How To Make Sure Your New Wooden Flooring Lasts For Decades

by Vicki Burns

You've probably seen older wooden floors that were beat up and worn, and others that were in remarkable shape. How do you make sure your new floor ends up in the second category one day? Well, you start by following these tips!

1. Vacuum your floor every week.

It's easy to forget to vacuum if your floor does not look overly dirty. But those small pieces of dust that accumulate can cause friction along the floor surface, wearing away the finish. In a humid climate, they also attract moisture, which is not good for your floor. Use a floor attachment, and make vacuuming your floor once a week a priority.

2. Use a wood-specific cleaner when you wash the floor.

There's really no reason to wash your floor more than once a month unless you have a child or pet who is really adept at dirtying the floor. Over-washing can be just as hard on the finish as never washing. When you do wash the floor, make sure you use a cleaner made specifically for wood surfaces. Most all-purpose cleaners are too harsh and will strip the finish.

3. Use furniture pads on chairs and tables.

If you have an chairs, tables, or other furniture sitting on the wooden floor, make sure you put soft pads on the legs of that furniture. This way, the floor won't get scratched when you move the furniture. Check the pads every couple of months, and replace the ones that are worn.

4. Put down area rugs in areas of high traffic.

If the floor is in a room that receives a lot of foot traffic, put area rugs down in the areas where people walk a lot. This will reduce friction on the floor and prevent it from developing worn spots.

5. Have the floor refinished from time to time.

Even if you follow the tips above, your floor will eventually need to be refinished. It's important to do this before the finish gets too worn, as the floor itself will begin wearing down after the finish is thinned and damaged. Plan on having your floor refinished approximately every three to five years. Hire a professional to do this so you know it's done well.

If you follow the tips above, your wood flooring will still look lovely 20, 30, and even 40 years from now. That's one reason wood is such a good flooring material; if you take care of it, then it really lasts.