Grout Haze Removal Tips

For Cementitious-Based Grout (Laticrete 2500 or 1600 series)

Putty knife and wire brush for the chunks

Use Windex & towels (or Clorox wipes)

For Epoxy or Urethane Grout (CBP FusionPro, Laticrete Plasma, Adura, Duraceramic, Alterna/PurStone, or Bostik QuartzLock 2) or a tough to remove grout haze:

Putty knife and wire brush for the chunks

Use a chemical grout haze remover & follow instructions carefully (such as AquaMix Grout Haze Remover) 

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USE THAT SPOON FOR CARPET STAINS!

spooning up a carpet stain Did you know that a spoon is the tool of choice to start removing a carpet stain?

Well, there’s several other steps but preparation is key so here’s a quick review of carpet care:

Stain Removal Guide

The four-step system of stain removal

Regular carpet care is important if you want to enjoy your carpet for many years to come. Regular vacuum cleaning is recommended at least twice per week during normal wear; this helps ensure rich, radiant colours and prevents loose dirt becoming embedded. If possible, use a brush vacuum cleaner or one with a brush attachment because, with these, even embedded dirt can be removed without trouble. However, if staining should occur please follow the four-step system below.

STEP 1  Remove loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner. Dried-in substances should first be carefully removed with a spoon or the back of a knife, then simply brushed or vacuumed out. If liquid, blot up as much as possible with absorbent white cloth or paper immediately.

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Vacuum Recommendations for Soft Carpet 2015

Tigressa Cherish, Tigressa Soft Style, and Innovia Touch carpets require specific vacuums to maintain their resiliency and boost their longevity.  Use the wrong vacuum and not only will it be difficult to push/pull, but it will also take years off of your new carpet by beating it up too hard.

THE BIG THREE things to look for in a vacuum to safely maintain your soft carpet still hold true:

  1. Wide wheels – the vacuum wheels should not sink into the carpet or else your beater bar will beat up your carpet too much
  2. Depth adjustment – look for a vacuum with an adjustable height on the beater bar
  3. Lightweight – not only does it make your life easier, but it helps save your carpet by keeping the vacuum riding on top of the carpet instead of sinking in and beating it too hard

Remember, just like if you were to buy a high-end car and invest in all of the tools needed to maintain that car, you should invest in a good vacuum that meets THE BIG THREE criteria for your new soft carpet.  Entry-level vacuums that have all of THE BIG THREE criteria start at only around $150.  We strongly suggest that you invest in the right vacuum and get in the habit of the right care program for your new flooring.

If you find that your current vacuum doesn’t glide effortlessly over your new soft carpet, check to see it meets THE BIG THREE of vacuum criteria listed above.

See the files below for carpet manufacturer vacuum recommendations for your new soft carpet.  Not all vacuum models will be up-to-date, but if you follow THE BIG THREE, you will be on the right track to flooring care success!

Notice, no DYSON vacuum cleaner is recommended.  The use of any vacuum with too much suction or too much beater bar will likely damage your carpet & void your carpet warranty.  If you submit a carpet warranty claim, the inspector will ask you very specific questions about what you use to maintain your carpet and how you use it.

Bill & Ann’s Luxury Tile Kitchen

“Bryan suggested one of the two samples, a great choice. Our installers Ted & Mitch were very efficient. They worked steadily and left the new flooring cleaned and swept up. We would recommend them to anyone. We absolutely would refer E-Town Flooring to others. We were pleased with the kitchen installation as well as the carpet that was installed a few months ago.”

– Bill & Ann, Mount Joy, PA (5/15/2014)

Mannington Adura LockSolid / Yunan Moonstone AT151S

Tim’s Luxury Vinyl Kitchen

“Bryan answered all of my questions and provided flooring samples for me to choose from. My installer Marc did a good job and was informative in his process of installation. Marc was friendly and easy to talk to. I am satisfied with my overall experience and would definitely refer E-Town Flooring to others.”

– Tim, Elizabethtown, PA (3/27/2014)

Stainmaster Fiberfloor / Sevilla S4032

Robin & Cindy Luxury Vinyl Bedroom & Carpet Craft Room

“Bryan was very helpful! Our installers Ted & Mitch did an awesome job.  We have used your options before and they have been very helpful.”

– Robin & Cindy, Mount Joy, PA (2/26/2014)

VInyl: Mannington Duration DR061 Carolina Oak
Carpet: Resista Refresh / First Shoot / Color: Forest Glen

A Note from Elizabethtown Flooring

I think that seeing the reason behind our flooring work is one of the most awesome experiences of my job.  Robin and Cindy’s heart to take care of Robin’s ill mom by gutting their master bedroom and flooring it with a faux-wood vinyl (for ease of cleaning and rolling the hospital bed around) is an inspiration to me.  Their dedication to transform their house and reschedule their lives around taking care of someone in need really touched me and was an inspiration for our employees to know that our work makes a difference and enables families like Robin & Cindy’s to care for their loved ones.  Thank you to Robin & Cindy and many other customers who let us into their lives to see the story behind the flooring that we do!  What a blessing! 

Elvin & Jestena Bedroom Bay Window Blinds

“Bryan was very helpful. We are satisfied with the choice of blinds. Ed did a good job and knew what he was doing. We are satisfied and would recommend their work and materials.”

– Elvin & Jestena, Elizabethtown, PA (6/13/2014)

Graber Garden Retreat 3/8″ Single Cell / Color: Apollo 0002

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