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Tips on cleaning hardwood floors

Posted on August 22nd, 2011 No Comments

Real hardwood floors are a big investment that can be spoiled if they are improperly taken care of. Just using the wrong kind of cleaning solution can cause the finish to wear away or turn an unsightly yellow color. When cleaning your hardwood floors, keep some of these tips in mind:

– Don’t let the water from your mop sit on the surface. Standing water and even letting the floors dry naturally can cause damage. Wood expands when it is wet, which can cause your floor to splinter. It is best to clean and dry a small area at a time.

– Ammonia and oil cleaners are bad for your wood floors. They can damage the finish and make it more difficult to recoat in the future.

– Clean spills and sticky substance off the floor immediately. Use a damp sponge or paper towel and scrub lightly to get off sticky spots.

Professional cleaners can properly clean, polish, and wax your hardwood floors. Call the Arlington hardwood floor technicians for WOW Total Cleaning at 817-239-9441.

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When and why to clean your air ducts

Posted on August 16th, 2011 No Comments

Most air ducts and vents are never as clean as they seem when you seen actors crawl through them in movies. In reality, mold, dust, dust mites, and allergens accumulate in ducts which can jeopardize the quality of the air. These airborne contaminates are everywhere, so how do you know when it’s time to clean them out?

– If there is visible signs of mold inside hard-surface ducts or near the heating and cooling systems.

– If there is a strong odor. Dust, mold, and bacteria can cause your home to smell musty. The only way to get rid of the smell is to have it all removed.

– If dust and debris is coming out of the vents. It is definitely time to clean your air ducts if debris is visibly coming out of the vents. These particles, when breathed in, can cause respiratory problems and allergies.

Clean air ducts can also lower your utility bill because it can reduce energy consumption. The EPA says even removing 1/4 of an inch of dust can reduce energy consumption by 21%. Maintaining your air conditioning system can also extend the life of the system.

If your are interested in getting your air ducts cleaned, contact the Arlington air duct cleaning specialists at WOW Total Cleaning at 817-239-9441.

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Simple ways to protect your home from flood damage

Posted on August 9th, 2011 No Comments

Flood damage is not only expensive, but can devastate your home to unlivable conditions. Whether it’s from severe weather or a broken pipe, quick thinking can save your home and keep you and your family safe. Arlington’s water extraction and restoration professionals at WOW Total Cleaning are available 24/7 to aid you and your flooding problem.

Here are a few helpful tips on how to alleviate some of the damage caused by flooding:

– Turn off the electricity. If you are wet or the power supply is near water, don’t turn it off yourself- call an electrician.

– Move valuables and furniture to higher ground. Opening windows and doors can help the airing-out process.

– Call your insurance company to see if they will cover the damage. Make sure to take pictures of your home. Waiting too long to report the damage can give your insurance company the chance to deny your claim, citing you as negligent.

– When cleaning, be sure to wear protective gear like rubber gloves, rain boots, and masks. The water could be contaminated and bacteria and mold can form.

If you or someone you know has suffered damage to their home due to flooding, contact the Arlington residential water extraction and restoration experts of WOW Total Cleaning by calling 817-239-9441.

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Carpets can alleviate indoor allergies

Posted on August 5th, 2011 No Comments

Experts at the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) say that, according to scientific findings, carpets can actually help alleviate the indoor allergies versus hardwood floors.

Unlike tile or hardwood floors, carpets absorb and trap airborne allergens. Hard surfaces leave dust and other allergens on the surface that can be stirred up by walking on it or sweeping. The allergens trapped in carpets can be easily vacuumed out. The IICRC recommends increasing vacuuming and hiring professionals to deep clean carpets at least every six months to ensure allergens are effectively removed.

If you or someone you know suffers form indoor allergies and is interested in getting their carpets professionally cleaned, call the Arlington carpet cleaning technicians of WOW Total Cleaning at 817-239-9441.

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The benefits of power washing

Posted on July 29th, 2011 No Comments

Power washing your home does more than make it look cleaner, it can actually extend the life of your porch, deck, house siding, fences, and concrete walkways. The pressure clears out substances that contribute to mold and decay. Power washing could save you time and money on your home. Think you need to repaint the house? Pressure washing can clear up grim and dirt to make it look newer and brighter.

It can also improve your health and safety by getting rid of mold, mildew, dirt, and oil buildup. Removing algae and mildew from walkways reduces the risk of slipping and falling, as well as riding your home of these harmful contaminates.

If you or someone you know is interested in power washing their home, call the Arlington power washing experts of WOW Total Cleaning at 817-239-9441.

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La Michoacana Meat Market moving into old Luby’s building

Posted on July 20th, 2011 No Comments

La Michoacana Meat Market will be moving into the former Luby’s building on South Cooper Street and Arkansas Lane. It bought out the building after Luby’s decided to shut down several of its stores in 2009.

The building was built in 1978 and is 10,000 square feet. The owners of the market bought the building from Luby’s in May, and they have said that they are currently waiting on building permits to begin setting up their store.

Moving your business into a new building can be a lot of hard work. Several things need to be checked when moving into a new space including electrical outlets, alarms, and fixtures. If you are moving your business into a new space, please contact the Arlington make-ready specialists WOW Total Cleaning at 817-239-9441 to help with all of your moving-in needs.

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Tips for maintaining a hardwood floor

Posted on July 14th, 2011 No Comments

Much like being a dog person as opposed to a cat person, some people just prefer the look and feel of hardwood floors over carpet. While hardwood floors provide a beautiful, natural look to any home or apartment, they can be a little bit more difficult to maintain than carpet. Here are some how-to’s to make sure your hardwood floor stays looking beautiful.

Many people are surprised to learn that a broom can be a hardwood floor’s best friend. Because hardwood floors are more delicate than other floors, abrasive cleaning techniques are a bad idea. For this reason, sweeping floors regularly can keep a hardwood floor looking beautiful between full cleanings.

Besides abrasive cleaners, another danger to hardwood floors is water. Water can cause a hardwood floor to become warped, which is why liquid cleaners or soap and water are not recommended for cleaning hardwood floors.

Hardwood floors may take a little bit more upkeep than carpet, they are definitely worth it. To schedule your hardwood floor cleaning, please contact the Arlington hardwood floor treatment experts of WOW Total Cleaning at 817-239-9441.

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Ceramic tile floors good for pet owners

Posted on July 8th, 2011 No Comments

Pet owners are often burdened with cleaning up after their pets when they have accidents. Ceramic tile floors that are glazed can be a great choice of floor for pet owners who have pets that have frequent accidents because they are easy to clean.

Ceramic tile floors look great in kitchens and bathrooms and are practical as well. Tile floors that are glazed do not stain and cannot be penetrated by water or any other liquid. They are also durable and will not be easily damaged, so tile floors are good for anyone with a kitten or puppy that still has sharp claws.

With tile, a grout line of 1/8-inch is recommended, although grout lines can often be tailored to a homeowner’s particular tastes.

If you have tile floors that need to be cleaned, the Arlington tile & grout cleaning specialists of WOW Total Cleaning are professional and affordable cleaners that can help you. Please call 817-239-9441 to speak with one of our specialists.

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Real estate brokers find home prices up in 2011

Posted on June 29th, 2011 No Comments

Real estate brokers in the U.S. have found that, while the number of homes sold since the recession has been low, the prices of the homes that are sold are steadily increasing, which is good news for the real estate industry.

In May 2010, the median price of a home sold was $375,000, which was up 7.14 percent from previous years. The average price of a home sold was $432,829, which was up 5.4 percent from previous years. According to Susan Taylor, a real estate broker from Virginia, people are putting down 30-40 percent of the price of homes when purchasing them.

Real estate brokers such as Taylor are expecting home prices to continue increasing in the later months of 2011. While the first few months of 2011 were slow due to buyer uncertainty, April and May showed increased home sales and prices.

One of the most important aids to selling a home is putting on a professional showing. If you are a real estate agent who is putting on a showing, the Arlington make-ready specialists of WOW Total Cleaning can help you set up a beautiful and professional showing. To learn more about the services we provide, please call 817-239-9441.

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Infants and children particularly susceptible to air pollutants

Posted on June 23rd, 2011 No Comments

Keeping a home’s air clean is one of the most important ways to protect you and your family’s health. Poor air quality has been linked to asthma and other problems in children because children, as well as infants, are even more susceptible to air pollutants than adults.

Pollutants such as mold, dust, spores, dander, and pollen can come from the air outside and pollute the air inside of your home. These pollutants can cause colds and allergies to develop, as well as exacerbate any breathing condition that an adult or child may have.

The air ducts in your home could be filled with pollutants without your knowledge, and these pollutants could be affecting you and your family’s health. To have your air ducts thoroughly cleaned, please contact the Arlington air duct cleaning experts of WOW Total Cleaning at 817-239-9441.

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