The timber flooring versus tile flooring debate rages amongst enthusiasts. However awareness of some of the following facts when building or renovating your home will no doubt clear some of the confusion and make your decision easier, and better!
What you’ll learn
Timber floors have pros and cons
Tiles or other non-timber options
Classic structural floors
What are floating timber floors?
Some timber flooring tips
How to choose the best wood
The timber flooring cons
We must begin with the important issue which faces the entire earth and mankind with imminence:
Natural resources are being depleted, greenhouse gases fill the atmosphere and desertification due to deforestation is rife.
It’s at this point that you must realise: Timber flooring is made of out trees!
While this is a point on the board for tiles which are generally made from non-precious resources, there is an option for the responsible earthling who loves the soft glow of polished timber floors:
Choose flooring certified as coming from sustainably managed plantations. Better yet, use recycled timber! This adds a beautiful element of character to your home and the pleasure of knowing you’ve supported both the environment and future of our children.
(In fact, don’t buy anything unless it’s truly ‘Green’!)
The timber flooring pros
When installed by a timber flooring professional, likely one registered with the Australian Timber Flooring Association, wooden floors create a non-allergenic environment. This is essential to the health of some youngsters today (not to mention us as well!) and is a score for timber over tiles as grouting does not age well and is harder to finish non-allergenically around architrave and skirting.
Another long-term trend which is a pro for the timber flooring camp is the fact of added value to your home. Homes renovated with elegant timber flooring have consistently taken on substantial value and this trend is a long term pattern over decades, no mere fad.
Classic structural floors
Having timber floorboards laid on bearers or joists of your house foundation is the classic style of structural flooring.
The boards range usually from 100 to 150mm wide and most often implement a tongue and groove locking mechanism.
While timber boards can be as thick as 30mm, the standard thickness is 19mm.
Various tree species are used (you’ve surely heard of brush box and jarrah) however the serious renovator can have their wood oven tested before use to determine suitability.
What are floating timber floors?
This is a builders term for floors laid over the existing solid floor. So the timber floor ‘floats’ on an underlay, without being nailed to the original structural flooring.
One advantage of this style is that any movement in your floor is less likely to cause gaps in between the boards.
The floating style also allows for the use of ‘faux’ timber boards, which is an affordable option still offering the ambience and color of timber flooring.
The conclusion is yours
With pre-conceptions and misconceptions aside, you are now in a better position to decide between timber and tile floors. A mix of both in a home is often appealing, and allows you to place your choices according to room use. For instance, tiles in a laundry offer the durability and appropriate aesthetics for a room which is not usually lounged in. Just make sure they’re non-slip tiles!
Paul Vincent was born on timber flooring. He’s even done some wood flooring oven testing. However you know he’s not bias because he’s Italian, and they love their tiles! His father was a tiler and grout is in his blood. So see what he comes up with in reviewing this age-old debate.
A previous article looked at this in general terms with regard to a start up cleaning company. This article will concentrate on a strategy for an established company to follow if it wants to be even more successful and continue expanding into the future.
The nature of cleaning is changing and the criteria companies use to choose their cleaners is also changing. Little by little companies are realising that it is more economical and administratively easier to find a cleaning company that can meet all their cleaning requirements.
Very few cleaning companies are able to do this or have wanted to do so in the past. They have chosen to concentrate on a particular specialism and develop that. So we have firms that are office cleaners, carpet cleaners, window cleaners, stone cleaners, kitchen cleaners, and ventilation duct cleaners to name but a few. Each of these builds up their own particular client base and their only way of growing is to expand their area of coverage. Many cleaning companies are reluctant to do this and consequently their potential for growth is limited. A large proportion of these companies are run by a single person who is quite happy to restrict themselves to a physically manageable area and manage a finite number of clients. However if you own and operate a company or want to start a cleaning company that has wider visions then you have an opportunity to take advantage of the changing market place.
The medium and larger sized companies and corporations are now beginning to look for cleaning companies that can provide them with all the cleaning services they require. From the simple and straightforward office cleaning on a daily basis to the six monthly or yearly cleaning of their ventilation ducts. If the cleaning company wishes to take advantage of this and gain corporate clients then it must expand its areas of expertise. If the financial burden of doing this is too great for the company to bear then the alternative is to find other firms who specialise in these various areas and work together either as partnerships or sub-contract out these fields of specialist cleaning. Sub-contracting has its pitfalls and to a large extent should be avoided if possible but it is a way into this new market place until you can develop your own expertise.
Companies working together in some form of partnership who share the same goals is a better solution but ultimately it is better if your own company can develop within these various areas and then you have complete control without the concern and constant anxiety of being let down. Become an expert in carpet cleaning, window cleaning, deep cleaning of commercial kitchens and ventilation duct cleaning. That way you can offer your prospective clients the complete cleaning package, increase your turnover and continue to grow.
For San Diego, North County Residents: How to Choose the Right Carpet Cleaning Service
Having a clean, fresh smelling home or office can be achieved with something as simple as having the carpet cleaned occasionally. By keeping the carpet clean, you’re also reducing dust, dust mites, and harmful allergens. The air is fresher because the carpet will no longer have a huge amount of built-up dust particles. When dust is built-up in the carpet, it’s being released in the air as you walk on it – even if you can’t see it. Persons with allergies will benefit tremendously from a professional carpet cleaning.
How to Clean Your Carpet
There are two ways to clean the carpet. One, you can rent a steam cleaner and do it yourself. Two, you can hire a professional carpet cleaning service in the San Diego area. Cleaning the carpet yourself can take many hours, so it might be best to hire a professional carpet cleaner if you have a busy schedule.
If you live in the San Diego, North County area and want to find a reliable carpet cleaning service, here are some important facts you should know.
Not All Carpet Cleaners are Created Equal
Check with the cleaning service to see what type of carpet cleaners they use. There are several ways to clean carpet. One is the dry-chem method in which a cleaning chemical is sprayed onto the carpet, and then removed with a machine. No water is used so the soapy residue remains after the cleaning. The disadvantage of this method is the machine does not rinse with water and it does not clean deep into the carpet – it only cleans the surface.
Another popular method is steam cleaning. There are several types of steam cleaning: portable machine method, truck-mounted unit method, and the Dri-Steam method. With a portable machine, the carpet can stay wet for days after the cleaning. Also, the machine runs off an outlet plug-in in your home.
With the truck-mounted method, a very powerful unit is used and powered by the truck. In this method, cleaning chemicals are washed out of the carpet using soft hot water. The carpet dries much faster than with portable machines, and it doesn’t leave a residue behind after the cleaning. This is the preferred method of professional carpet cleaners.
There’s also the more recent Dri-Steam method, which also uses a truck-mounted unit, but with a jet-less rotary cleaning tool. With this method the carpet dries faster than any other – in one to three hours!
Be sure to choose a professional carpet cleaning service that understands these methods and chooses to use only the best. Your carpet will be with you for a long while, so handle cleaning it with care.
Maintaining the Carpet after a Cleaning
Be sure the carpet is completely dry before vacuuming or even walking on the carpet if possible. To keep dust particles down, vacuum the carpet often and change the vacuum cleaner bag often as well. Dust can settle in the bag and release particles into the air as you are vacuuming – defeating the whole purpose of cleaning your carpet!
To keep allergens to a minimum, spray allergen removal chemicals on the carpet and upholstery occasionally. Leave them for a day or two, and then vacuum the carpet. Also, cover heavy traffic areas with rugs to protect the carpet.
While vacuuming the carpet, don’t forget to vacuum the furniture and around the windowsills and room corners. Dust and cobwebs accumulate in these areas also.
Choosing a Carpet Cleaner in San Diego
Finding a carpet cleaning service is easier once you understand the types of carpet cleaning available. Wherever you live – San Diego, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Del Mar, San Marcos, La Jolla, Vista, Oceanside, Escondido – there are reliable carpet cleaning services who offer the type of cleanings mentioned above.
Give your carpet a great cleaning and enjoy the fresh, clean air once again!
Do you have one of those really big, filthy, completely disorganized cleaning jobs to get after? It it that one client you really dislike? Worse yet, is it your house?
Either way, you can tackle it quickly and efficiently is you are organized and know “how” to approach cleaning a big job, room by room and through each room. Here’s how!
First, make a checklist. Put on there everything you need to do. If it looks to long just keep adding items. Take it with you in your pocket to every room and a pencil, too. The idea is to cross off everything you finish so you get a great sense of accomplishement as you move through the house. It also reminds you of things you might forget so you never have to go backwards.
Always start at one end of the house and work your way to the other. If its multiple stories start at the top and work your way down. If its one level, start in the bedrooms and work you way to the kitchen.
In each room, always clean top to bottom. Start at the ceilings with cobwebs and spider webs and work your way down the walls, windows and to the floors.
Wash walls, windows and then vacuum. After vacuuming dust. When you dust, start at the top and work down.
Be mobile and prepared. Take all your cleaning tools with you into each room. Avoid unnecessary trips back and forth.
Unplug the phone and turn off the T.V.
Eliminate clutter as you go, too. An uncluttered home looks better than one that is dust-free but strewn with odds and ends.
A house that smells fresh will give the impression of cleanliness. Leave baking soda on carpeting for the night to absorb musty odors, vacuum in the morning. Place natural soy candles scented with oils around the house. Lightly scented but not overpowereing cleaners will give your house that special “nose sparkle” clean, fresh scent.
Keep a big mat on both front and back porches to cut down on tracked in dirt.
Keep a basket in the kitchen for the mail, newspaper, car keys to help with clutter.
Keep a hamper in every bathroom and in each child’s room.
Check your checklist off at this point and your finished!!