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Carpet Cleaning in Trinity, Florida

Our favorite carpet maintenance tips revealed!

Many times we are asked what homeowners can do to help keep their carpets in the best shape possible in between professional cleanings.  We are going to share with you some of our most favorite tips to help you maintain clean carpets in between professional cleanings.

TIP #1:  Use Transition Rugs

Utilize throw rugs when tile and wood flooring transitions into carpeting.  Any loose dirt, debris and soils will collect in the transition rug before hitting the carpeting of our home.  Transition rugs are especially helpful in entryways, high traffic areas and doors used by family pets.

TIP #2:  Re-apply Carpet Protectors On A Regular Basis

Carpeting is a big investment.  Protect your investment by taking precautionary measures like applying carpet protector.  Spills and stains will not be able to settle easily when a barrier is in place. 

TIP #3:  Remove Shoes

Most of the dirt that comes in your home enters through the front door on shoes.  Be proactive when it comes to your carpeting.  Insist on people removing shoes at the front door to help minimize soils and debris getting embedded into your carpeting.

TIP #4:  Fall In Love With Your Vacuum!

Does your home get a lot of foot traffic from kids and pets?  If you answered “Yes!”, consider upping your vacuum game.  High foot traffic homes should vacuum their carpets 2-3 times a week.  Your carpeting will see the most damage from sand and small pebbles being ground into carpet fibers.

TIP #5:  Schedule Routine Deep Cleaning Appointments

Depending on the foot traffic in your home, you should have your carpeting professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months in order to keep your carpeting looking its best and ensure a long lasting life.

Complete Care Systems is your one-stop shop for carpet cleaning, upholstery, tile and grout cleaning.  We proudly provide carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, grout re-coloring and upholstery cleaning to the following areas:  Trinity, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Odessa, Land O’ Lakes, Tarpon Springs, East Lake, and Palm Harbor.

Give us a call today for a FREE estimate: 727-364-5158 or learn more on our website: http://www.CompleteCareSystems.com


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Our Best Tips For Keeping Your Grout Looking Its BEST!

Half the battle of keeping your tile looking is best is regular maintenance.  In this month’s blog post we will explore what you can do to combat tired looking grout.

Did you know, that if not maintained regularly and properly, your ceramic tile grout can develop mold and mildew.  Many of the most common areas where this can occur include:

  • Kitchen floors
  • Back splashes
  • Bathrooms, especially around toilets, sinks, showers and bathtubs
  • Entryways – look for sliding glass door leaks
  • Basically anywhere that harbors excess moisture

Grout is very porous and can easily trap soil, stains, mold and mildew.  Here are some mixtures and solutions you can use to help prevent mold and mildew growth and keep your tile and grout its cleanest.

  • Treat tiled areas with a homemade cleaning paste
  • Combine baking soda and water until it forms a paste
  • Spread onto the grout
  • Allow the mixture to set for several minutes
  • Rinse with clean water and dry with towels

Clean mold and mildew growth with this solution made from household cleaners:

  • You will need a spray bottle
  • Fill half the bottle with hydrogen peroxide
  • Fill the remaining half with water
  • Spray solution onto the stained grout
  • Let solution set for 15 minutes
  • Rinse with water and then dry
  • For stubborn stains, consider adding baking soda to the mixture
  • Once the bubbling reaction stops, apply the solution to the grout
  • Scrub with a brush, rinse clean and dry

If these solutions cannot banish the mold and mildew, it’s time to call a professional!  Complete Care Systems Tile Cleaning and Grout Cleaning process uses a specialized cleaning solution, and vacuum power to remove the dirt that homeowners can’t. We complete the job with a high-pressure rinse.

After cleaning your tile and grout, our professional technicians will apply a penetrating sealer to protect grout against mildew and staining for up to two years.

We can also change the color of your grout. With no mess and no dust we can change the look of your tile floor by changing the color of your grout. Call us for a free estimate.

Curious about how we can help you have the best looking hardwood floors?  Give us a call and we will give you a FREE quote.  Call us today:  727-364-5158 or learn more on our website: http://www.CompleteCareSystems.com


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Myths and Facts About Grout & Grout Sealers

15781215_1326633247389119_2974952971560849804_nLet’s make 2017 the year you have the best looking tile and grout ever!  No more dull, dingy, ho hum tile and grout.  Lets go for for sparkle!

Let’s play a little “Truth or Myth”:  Test yourself to see if you measure up when it comes to tile and grout sparkle.

Truth or Myth

Once you apply grout sealer to your tile, you no longer need to worry about your grout becoming stained or spotted ever again.

Myth!  Although grout sealer creates a protective barrier against water and dirt it still requires regular cleaning.  Regular cleaning will extend the life of your grout.

Truth or Myth

It is recommended to get your grout steam cleaned and re-sealed at least once a year.

True! Depending on the wear and tear your grout is exposed to, it is recommended that your grout is steam cleaned once a year and resealed to keep tile looking its best.

ccs-wednesday-9-14-16Truth or Myth

Sealing grout helps to protect flooring from water based and oil based stains.

True! But in order for sealant to do its job, you have to do yours too!  Clean spills and mop floors and tiles on a regular basis to keep them looking their best. 

Truth or Myth

Do not use ammonia or vinegar as cleaning agents for your tile and grout.

True! These are acidic in nature and can break down the sealant can discolor the grout.

Truth or Myth

Grout sealers act as a “stain proofing” solution to spills.

Myth!  Grout sealants are designed to create a stain resistant barrier to help protect against stains.  When a spill occurs, react fast and clean it up before the spill can settle or be absorbed into porous surfaces.

Truth or Myth

Grout sealant is a great alternative to mopping floors because it protects the grout from stains. 

Myth! In order for your tile and grout to continue looking its best, it is important to regularly clean your flooring and shower tile.  The best way to clean your tile floor is to vacuum up any surface dirt.  Wash the floors with a mild detergent mixture and a soft rag or chamois.  Try tile floors with a clean, soft towel to prevent falls and streaking.

Do you have questions about grout sealing and how it can extend the life of your tile?  Contact us today for a FREE estimate: Call us today:  727-364-5158


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The Ultimate Guide To Beautiful Tile

The Ultimate Guide To Beautiful Tile

CCS Wednesday 4 20 16 CanvaTiled floors in Florida are very popular and with good reason!  They can withstand the wear an tear of the Florida lifestyle.  It’s durability can hold up against the kids tracking in water from the pool or sand from the beach.  One of the BIGGEST benefits of tile is that it is easy to clean!

This month’s blog post is your ultimate guide to beautiful tile!  If you take care of your tile and grout, it will last you for years to come!

Surface Dirt:

To get the best results when cleaning tile and grout, focus on vacuuming up the surface dirt.  The more dust and dirt you can get with the vacuum, the better your results will be.  Don’t forget about the corners and hard to reach places of the rooms you are cleaning.  Make good use of your vacuum’s crevice tools.  Plan on vacuuming your tile once a week for the cleanest tile results.

Glazed Tile:

This type of tile is finished with a layer of liquid glass, filling in the porous surface.  This layer of liquid glass adds a layer of shine that helps tile become resistant to staining.  The best way to clean this tile is to use a household multi-purpose cleaner.

CCS Wednesday 3 23 16 CANVAUnglazed Tile:

Go for cleaning solutions that have a neutral pH level which will help remove grease, oils and other common household spills safely.

Glass Tile: 

To safely clean this type of tile, use a cleaner that would be used to clean windows or glass top tables.

Tips For The Best Results

  • If you elect to use a scouring agent, spot test it first and read the instructions to ensure it is suitable for tile.
  • Consider sealing grout after tile has been installed or after a professional cleaning
  • After cleaning tile using cleaning agents, rinse the area with water to remove cleaning solution residue.
  • Invest in floor mats to protect high traffic areas (entrances, garage entry, etc.) or to place under heavy furniture.
  • Stay away from cleaners that include acid or bleach
  • Avoid using steel wool or scouring pads with metal as they may scratch or damage your tile.
  • Unglazed tile should not be cleaned with solutions that are colored.  Unglazed tile is porous and not stain resistant like glaze tile may be.

When you need a deeper clean, contact us!  We can brighten tile and grout, making your love your tile again!


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Tile, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Tip Sheet

Tile, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Tip Sheet

CCS 3 16 16 CanvaSometimes we need a little extra elbow grease and tricks up our sleeves to help keep our homes sparkling clean.  This month, we scoured our cleaning database to bring you our very best stain busting, dirt blasting tips.

Tile:

  • Remove scuff stains with pencil erasers.
  • Vinegar and a soft cloth can help to buff out water stains.
  • Banish dull tile by cleaning it with this solution:  1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of ammonia and 1/4 cup of borax with 1 gallon of warm water.  Rinse well and let air dry.
  • Disinfect with a hydrogen peroxide solution.  Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 hydrogen peroxide and half water, plus a few drops of dish soap.  Spray solution onto grout.  Let it stand for about 15 minutes and then wipe clean.  This is a great solution to use on a regular basis to combat mold in your shower.
  • Brighten grout with a baking soda paste.  Mix water and baking soda until it creates a toothpaste like consistency.  Spread on grout and let it stand for 5 to 15 minutes.  Scrub with an old toothbrush and rinse well.

Wednesday 3 9 16 CCS CanvaCarpet:

  • Freshen carpets when you vacuum.  Sprinkle carpets with baking soda.  Let it sit for 15 minutes to trap odors.  Vacuum as usual.
  • Always blot stains, never rub.  Rubbing damages fibers and makes the stain worse
  • Try removing stains by blotting with club soda.  Apply club soda to a white cloth and blot up the stain.
  • Vacuum carpets once a week to prolong the life of your carpet.  Failure to do so may result in build up of soils causing fibers to be cut and damaged.
  • Vacuum slowly to get the majority of the dirt out of your carpeting as possible.

Upholstery:

  • Remove dirt before it becomes part of your favorite couch!
  • Use the upholstery attachments that comes with your vacuum to suck up dirt.
  • Work from left to right using short, overlapping strokes.
  • Used a can of compressed air to air blast dust and dirt from nooks and crannies.
  • Have your upholstery professional cleaned a minimum of one per year using a low-moisture technique for best results.


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Ceramic Tile! Why It’s A Florida Favorite!

Today we have SO many options when it comes to decorating our homes.  Flooring is one of the BIGGEST ways we can impact our home’s look, feel and sense of style!

CCS 7 30 15 CANVA-3It is not unusual for homes in Florida to be wall to wall tile.  In the summertime when temperatures are well above 90 degrees and the humidity is unbearable, we welcome the coolness of ceramic tile under our feet.  It also helps keep our homes cooler during the summer months.

Other reasons why we love tile in Florida is because it is:

  • Extremely durable!  No other flooring textile or material can match what ceramic tile can tolerate and maintain its appearance.  Tile flooring durability even includes scratches since many tile options are scratch resistant
  • Water resistant!  This feature makes tile a popular option in kitchens, bathrooms and pool bathrooms where water and other liquids are prevalent.  Ceramic tile does trap, collect moisture or sustain damage like other flooring options might
  • Easy to clean & keep clean!  Especially if you have glazed tile!  Glazed is resistant to stains, odors, dirt and grime.  There is no need for special cleansers either.  General household cleaners, a sponge or a mop will to the trick!
  • Cuts down on ALLERGENS!  That’s right!  There is nowhere for the allergens to hide and cause havoc.  Allergens are easily vacuumed up or banished with the swish of a mop!

CCS 9 30 15 CANVAWhen shopping for tile to use in your home there is some general knowledge you should know about tile before you buy.  These general pieces of information will help you purchase the ideal type of tile for your home.

Tile Finish Options –

There are three main finishes that you will be selecting from:

  • Matte
  • Satin
  • High gloss

To get an idea of how clean you tile will look based on the finish, imagine foot prints caused by shoes.  The higher the gloss level, the more pronounced the footprint.  It is common to find high gloss tile in rooms or areas that do not get a lot of heavy traffic like bathrooms.  A matte or satin finish may be more common in a front foyer or hallway.

Wear Rating –

Most manufacturers rank their tile using a P.E.I. rating with stands for Porcelain Enamel Institute.  There are 5 groups or ratings tile can fall into.

They are:

Rating 1:
Tiles are mainly used for residential/commercial walls and are not suitable or recommended for foot traffic

Rating 2:
This group of tile type is perfect for general light residential traffic, except kitchens, entrance halls, and other areas subjected to continuous foot traffic.

Rating 3:
Tiles are intended all residential and light commercial areas such as offices, reception areas and boutiques.

Rating 4:
This class of tiles is ideal for residential, medium commercial and light institutional venues such as restaurants, hotels, hospital lobbies and corridors.

Rating 5:
Tiles suitable for heavy traffic both residential and heavy commercial applications such airports, malls and subways.

CCS Wed 9 2 15 CANVANow that you have a little background information on tile, it is time to get creative and begin designing!  Remember, tile is not just for floors anymore!  Today people use tile on walls, for backsplashes as accent pieces and more.  Gone are the days of squares placed on the floor.  Today you will see an array of designs and textures!  The possibilities are endless!  Not only do you have a wide variety of tiles to choose from but the grout that is laid between the tile is just as important.  Your options are endless here as well!

If you are ready for a change in your home but aren’t ready to change your tile, consider changing your tile’s grout color.  Complete Care Systems is expertly trained in this area and we can help you select and change the color of your grout.

Do you have questions about changing grout color or getting your tiles sparkling clean?  We can help!  Contact us today:  (727) 364-5158

Special DIY Tile Cleaning Recipe:

GREASE BUSTER RECIPE:

  • Combine 1/2 gallon white vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water
  • This is an excellent de-greaser.  For extra power, substitute 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol for the vinegar.

NOTE:  Acids such as vinegar can erode natural stone tiles.  Please do not use the above recipe on natural stone tiles.

 


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These 2 Simple Changes Can Make DRAMATIC IMPACT in your Kitchen or Bathroom.

Let’s cause some drama!

mosaic-267291_640We have all been there.  We desperately want to change the look of our kitchen or bathroom but a total remodel is out of the question.  What if there was an inexpensive way to change the look of your Kitchen or Bath without all of the expense or the mess!

GREAT NEWS!  There is!  Complete Care Systems offers a system two ways we can give your grout and tile a facelift!

 

Getting Down To The Dirty Details

Tile Transforming Process #1

Let’s face it.  Grout can be extremely difficult to keep clean and looking great.  Don’t worry!  We have a way to eradicate the dirt, germs and grime that gets trapped in porous grout.  We are able to boldly go where no other household cleaner has gone before!

Our tile and grout cleaning system attacks dirt and grime using a special cleaning solution combined with a high powered vacuum and a high pressured rinse that transforms dirty tile and grout from it’s dull, dirty finish to a renewed, sparkling, ultra clean finished product!

But wait!  We don’t stop there!  We want you to enjoy the benefits of clean and beautiful tile and grout.  After our technician thoroughly cleans the grout, a sealer is applied to help protect grout against mildew and staining.  This process is helps keep tile and grout looking its absolute best for up to 2 years!

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It’s all about color!  Change the look, feel and atmosphere of a room by changing the color of your grout!  Lighten up your tile by accenting it with a lighter color, add ambiance and drama by darkening it or change the look completely.  We can do all of this with NO mess and NO dust.  Enjoy to elegant look that colored grout provides.  Consider it for your floors, shower walls, countertops and backsplashes.

Interested?

Call us today for a FREE estimate:  (727) 364-5158 and visit us online:  http://www.CompleteCareSystems.com