Beautiful living is more than what you see on the surface—a beautiful space also needs to be fresh and clean. While the COVID-19 virus has many people quarantined indoors, it’s now more important than ever to take the time to deep clean your floors, disinfect your home, and kill germs that can linger or be brought in from the outside world. Nothing will give you greater peace of mind than knowing your loved ones are safe within a beautiful, clean home environment.
As you practice responsible social distancing, now’s your chance to give your floors some extra attention that will, in turn, benefit the ones you love the most.
How to Clean Your Hardwood & Luxury Vinyl Flooring
To begin sanitizing your Karastan hard surface floors, remove dirt, dust, pet dander, and loose particles from the outside world by using a dust mop, soft bristle broom, or a suction-only vacuum cleaner. Pay particular attention to high traffic areas and corners where more dust and pet hair can accumulate. Avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar or disengage the beater bar completely before using on your hardwood floors. Make sure to place floor mats at your entrances and exits to help collect germs from the outside world from being tracked indoors.
Although these times are uncertain, there is no need to panic and attempt to kill germs by deviating from the normal cleaning rules that you follow: You still need to resist wet-mopping, damp-mopping, or cleaning your hardwood floors with water, oil soaps, liquid or paste wax, household products containing lemon, citrus, tung oil, silicon, or 2-in-1 cleaners that contain acrylics or urethane polish. You also should refrain from using harsh cleaning items like steel wool pads, any scouring pads containing metal, or scouring powders. In an effort to disinfect your floors, you don’t want to create permanent damage!
For cleaning liquid spills, wipe up spills and spots immediately with a clean white cloth. Then wipe the area clean with a separate soft, slightly damp cloth. Only use a gentle cleaner for persistent spots, followed by a dry mop. Use a dust rag by hand, applying any dusting/polishing product directly to the rag, to clean your hard surface stairs. Always consult your warranty to answer any specific questions.
How to Deep Clean Your Soft Carpet & Area Rugs
Although Karastan carpet and Karastan rugs are most well-known for their exquisite beauty, they provide an equal amount of top-quality performance and resilience to our inspired spaces. General Karastan carpet care will preserve their pristine appearance for years of enjoyment, but right now you can also greatly minimize the presence of harmful germs.
Savvy homeowners know that carpets and rugs can trap dust and pollen. With effective vacuuming that releases these trapped particles from the carpet and removes them, you can reduce your family’s exposure to irritants. This is especially important since COVID-19 affects the respiratory system, and can greatly impact those who suffer from allergies, asthma, and chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. So deep clean your carpet to protect your loved ones!
The best way to remove dirt is to create the best airflow when regularly vacuuming! This is achieved by selecting the right vacuum with adjustable height that you can set to your specific carpet height. Not too low or too high, you want the vacuum’s beater bar or brush to gently touch the carpet surface to avoid fuzzing. For premium, high pile soft carpet, use the highest height setting and avoid concentrated or sealed suction. For thick loop, casual frieze or long pile carpet, disengage the beater bar and vacuum with suction only. Our favorite vacuum for premium soft Karastan carpet and rugs is the SONICLEAN SFC-7000 SOFT CARPET UPRIGHT VACUUM. No matter what vacuum model you are interested in, verify that it is certified through the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Seal of Approval/Green Label Vacuum Cleaner Program to ensure superior carpet cleaning and dirt removal.
With more time indoors, the likelihood that spills will occur certainly rises. For general spot cleaning, start with the outside of the stain and remove all solid material with a spoon or dull knife. Then blot up the liquid spill with a white cloth towel or paper towel and use warm water only to remove any remaining stain. Remember to never use a cleaner with a pH of 10 or higher on your Karastan carpet or rug. Test any cleaning solution or gentle cleaner on an area of carpet inside your closets to double-check the procedure. Also, if you have gorgeous Karastan wool carpet in your home, we have specific wool care guidelines for you to follow in our Karastan Care and Cleaning Guide as well! For all stain emergencies that are not resolved with these care procedures, contact the Scotchgard Service Center at 1-800-433-3296 for further assistance.
Karastan’s goal is to encourage you to “live beautifully” in every room of your home. To maintain this lifestyle at home, creating a clean, safe environment indoors is a top priority. Taking action to clean your floors will help you stay active and productive, which will boost your immune system and help you stay healthy. Involve your loved ones and create a cleaning schedule that will help establish consistency. Your combined efforts will ultimately achieve the deep clean that leads to a beautiful home and contributes to your beautiful life.