How to Clean Luxury Vinyl

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Luxury vinyl planking has made a significant impact on the flooring market. It is an extremely versatile flooring option that can be ideal for almost any environment. In fact, we continue to see the LVP market grow as many people love the beauty this floor has to offer with the extreme levels of durability. While these can all be great perks to flooring, another pro is the simplicity of cleaning LVP. Luxury vinyl planking can be extremely easy to clean, yet if this is your first time having this floor, you may have some concerns. Here is everything to note about cleaning your luxury vinyl plank flooring:


Luxury vinyl planking is incredibly easy to clean. Essentially, your first plan of attack is to protect your floors from dirt and debris. This can be done by simply taking your shoes off in your home or having a welcome mat. If dirt does get on your LVP, however, simply sweep it up and dispose of it. It is that simple!

Microfiber Mop

For more serious messes, you can use a microfiber mop to clean them. A light cleaning agent can do the trick. Since LVP is waterproof and can be wetted to help clean or break down debris, be sure to use a none wax-based cleaner. A simple home remedy is mixing water and vinegar to help clean your floors.

Do Not Wax

While LVP does dull over time, waxing is not the solution. Most LVP has a protective film on top of it. Do not attempt to wax your LVP floors! This will not bond properly to your floors. It will just harden and create an unwanted film on top of your flooring, which will need to be removed. Check with your manufacturer to see what recommendation they suggest to help give your floor a shiny finish. However, that being said, typically, LVP will just be matte or low gloss.

Cleaning your vinyl plank flooring is quite simple! This is just one more added benefit to consider when shopping for your next flooring option. From durability and aesthetics to waterproof features and easy to clean properties, this versatile flooring is a great choice for any home!

How to Deep Clean Your Carpet

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Carpet can provide personal comfort to our homes. In fact, this floor covering option is often desired for its soft nature, warm touch, and an aesthetic appeal. Plus, carpet can be made in any different ways from natural or synthetic fibers. While technology advancements have made carpet much more durable and stain-resistant today, they can still get mucked up and dirty over time. While vacuuming can help with the longevity of keeping your carpet clean, it is still recommended to have your carpet deep cleaned every one to two years for the lifespan of the floor. To help you better understand how to steam clean your carpet, here is everything you need to know:

Prepare Your Room

To start, empty your entire room of all the furniture. While the room is empty, take advantage, and do a quick sweep. The vacuum will remove any dirt and debris on the surface of your carpet. Look for stains as well. If you can identify the stain, try to take proper measures to help remove it. The longer stains sit, the harder they can be to remove. Most stains will penetrate deep into the carpet fibers. Use the manufacturer’s recommend stain treatments to help break down any existing stains.

Steam Clean

One of the most effective ways to clean anything is to start with water; however, just pouring water on top of your carpet will over saturate the rug and ruin it. This reason is why we use steam cleaners. Water is boiled inside a steam cleaner and released into the carpet. The evaporated water can help steam out difficult stains, bacteria, and debris.


Your carpet may remain wet for several hours. You may want to wait before loading the room back with all the furniture. Wet carpet can jeopardize the carpet’s resilience to spring back into place. Placing heavy furniture right back on the carpet immediately after can mat down your fibers. Instead, allow your room to complete dry and be well ventilated. You may want to turn on some fans and open your windows in your home.

Steam cleaning is recommended once a year for heavy traffic areas and twice a year for less used areas. Make sure you keep up on the maintenance of your carpet to get the most extended life out of your floor. For more tips and tricks on flooring and home improvement, make sure to subscribe!

How to Care for Natural Stone

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Natural stone floors are a gorgeous addition to any home. They have begun rising in popularity from being used in the foyer and hallways to the entire main floor space. If you have made the decision to incorporate this beautiful flooring option in your home, you will find that it is vital to have the proper information for keeping your floors looking as good as the day they were installed. For expert advice on the topic, we wrote a brief article that we think you may find helpful. Let’s take a look!

The first order of business to take care of is having the floors properly sealed when they are installed; it can be especially important if your new floors are in a high-moisture area like the bathroom or kitchen. Be sure that the space between your floor and walls is properly caulked as well to prevent future cracking caused by water leaking through to the subfloor. Be aware that natural stone floors will need to be resealed in the future; how often depends on what material you have chosen and what is recommended by the installer. It is important to always keep the floors protected, so be sure to have this conversation before the installation.

Keep in mind that accidents are bound to happen. For this reason, you should order a few extra pieces in case a section is irreversibly damaged. Having to order a replacement from a different lot may cause the replaced piece to stand out more than usual, so it is good to have a few spare ones from your original order.

When it comes to everyday maintenance, be sure to sweep up dirt and dust often with a softer bristle broom. Foot traffic can cause damage by spreading around any unswept debris and scratching the surface of the floor, making it look worn and dull early-on. You also do not want a thick, abrasive broom to do the scratching for you either; a softer material is the best way to go. If you must use a vacuum, be sure that it has a hard floor setting and it does not utilize the beater bar. Always make sure to clean up liquid messes promptly as well to prevent the grout from becoming stained.

For wet cleaning, a once-a-week cleaning with a damp mop and warm water with a mild detergent will do the job. When your flooring is installed be sure to ask which cleaners are safest to use on your particular choice of material. Be sure not to use any cleaning products with ammonia, lemon or vinegar in their ingredients list. These can damage the sealer and stain the grout. Also, refrain from using waxes as this will dull the floor’s finish. If you, unfortunately, do stain the grout, we recommend checking with the manufacturer for the best recommendation.

Finally, we recommend investing in a professional deep cleaning every few years to keep your floors looking beautiful and new. If you have any more questions on your floor’s maintenance and care, please do not hesitate to call or visit us. Thank you for choosing Century Tile for all of your flooring needs.

How to Care for Your Porcelain Tile

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After weeks of searching for the perfect flooring for your home, you have finally settled on beautiful porcelain tile. Your brand new porcelain flooring matches your home perfectly, and it is the look that you have always envisioned.

Now imagine, that perfect image being marred by mud being tracked on your precious floors. Unfortunately, this will inevitably happen. It is only a matter of time before you will have to deal with cleaning your porcelain tile floors. 

Cleaning porcelain is different from cleaning other types of floor products such as laminate and vinyl. Porcelain tile is impervious which means that it has a very low absorption rate. This makes the material stain and water resistant. Even though it is difficult for dirt and other pollutants to penetrate the material, you will still need to remove dirt and grime from the top of the surface.
Here are some important tips for thoroughly cleaning porcelain tile flooring:
  • Remove loose dirt and dust from your porcelain floors with a soft bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner; however, if the soil is caked onto the tiles, you can use a gentle brush to softly scrub the floor and help easily remove the layered dirt.
  • You do not necessarily need expensive cleaning solutions to keep your porcelain floors looking brand new. In fact, you can use a simple vinegar and water solution. Whatever cleaning solution you decide to use be sure to let it sit on the floor for five to ten minutes before you mop it up. Again, you can use a soft bristle nylon brush to remove stains that do not come up as easily. 
  • For polished porcelain tile floors, you should make sure that the cleaning solution you use is mild and the cleaning detergent is half concentrated with water. Use only warm water on a textured tile.
  • Rinse thoroughly and buff dry to prevent water spots and to maintain a shiny surface.
  • Avoid using products that contain bleach, acid, and ammonia on porcelain tile. Such materials are harsh and can damage the surface of the porcelain tile. Acid washing can cause discoloration and make the surface difficult to clean.
We always recommend that you check with your manufacturer for the most appropriate and well-suited cleaning routine. If you have any questions or need a little guidance, please do not hesitate to call us or visit us. 

All White Floors – What’s the Craze?

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From social media to your favorite home decor magazine, we’ve seen the lustrous all white floor look. It’s simply pure and chic. Have you been considering stepping outside the box and jumping on the all-white floor bandwagon? Before you make the final decision, you’ll have to consider the bad, the good and the ugly. There are some things you should know about an all-white flooring scheme.

Is It Ideal for Your Home?
Before visiting Century Tile, you’ll have to first determine whether all white floors are ideal for your living space. It largely depends on your lifestyle. If you have children and pets then a white flooring scheme can a be a challenge to maintain. White flooring requires regular maintenance to keep looking glossy and new. If you live in a household with children and pets than the maintenance process may be more intensive. Can you handle it?

Glossy white floors can make a small space look bigger than what it actually is. It reflects natural light, casting the glow all around the room which can really make the space appear dreamy.

Keeping White Floors Clean
Of course, the biggest challenge that comes with having white floors is keeping them clean. The type of flooring material is a big factor in the maintenance process. Laminate and tile white flooring can be easily cleaned with a general cleaning agent. White carpet will be more of a challenge with stains.

Daily vacuuming or sweeping is necessary especially if you have kids or pets. You’ll also have to make an investment in quality cleaning tools. You can consider implementing a “no shoes in the house” policy to keep mud from being tracked indoors. In addition, area rugs will help minimize the dirt as well. Keep in mind that keeping white floors squeaky clean will be a never-ending challenge.

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Stains: Five Step Carpet Stain Removal

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Valentine’s Day is upon us and whether you revel in the holiday or not, chocolate is bound to end up in your house. What doesn’t go in your belly, can end up dropped, stomped and melted into carpet. Here’s a five-step guide to expertly removing those sweet, unwelcome stains.

Step 1: If the chocolate began as a solid and is slightly melted into the carpet, gently break up any solidified chocolate with a rounded spoon and vacuum any remaining residue. If the chocolate is liquid, gently blot up using a dry, white absorbent cloth or paper towel.

Step 2: Choose your cleaning solution. A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Be very careful when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Or, you can easily make your own cleaner! Here are two good options:

Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of lukewarm water.

Or, mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. (Do not use a stronger concentration!)

Step 3: Apply a small amount of solution to a white rag and gently apply to the stain, working inward to avoid spreading. Let solution sit on the stain for a few minutes.

Step 4: Gently blot (do not rub or scrub as this can ruin the pile of the carpet!) and if the chocolate transfers to the rag, you’ll know it’s working. If it does not transfer to the cloth, try a different cleaning solution. Continue these steps until the stain is removed. Patience is key! You may need to repeat applying solution and blotting several times.

Step 5: Rinse all solution from stain with lukewarm water (misting with a spray bottle is ideal) and remove all moisture with a dry rag. Do this several times to ensure all solution is removed. This step is important because future dirt will stick to any remaining solution, only resulting in further staining!

If your stain is proving to be stubborn, consult a professional. Most importantly, don’t let that stain spoil those loving feelings for the most important people in your life.

For more information on cleaning carpet and rug stains, visit the Carpet and Rug Institute Website. They are a wealth of information.

Do you have any favorite carpet cleaning tips? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Home Maintenance Checklist For The Summer

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Summer may be well underway, but it’s never too late to tune up your home for the season.  We’ve outlined a small but crucial checklist to ensure that before you get caught up in the swing of things, a few well needed tasks get taken care.

1.     Tune up the air conditioner

A very important piece of equipment during the blistering summer heat is your air conditioning unit. Before the season begins, investigate to see what parts are in working condition and what will require replacements. It is especially important to make sure the vent, filters, fans and coils are clean and there is no faulty wiring. For those with central air systems, the best option is professional maintenance.

2.     Check the ventilation

Routinely checking your home windows will also help with the temperature regulation in your home. Caulk any openings found in both the outside and inside sealants and also double check each window-stripping to ensure there are no breaks.

3.     Conduct thorough safety checks before using the pool

Give yourself at least a week before you open up the pool for swimming. While cleaning and levelling the pool are usually given the higher priority, remember to also check the pumps and filters as a lot of these parts have not been in use since last year.  Don’t forget to give the chemicals at least one week to balance out to avoid unnecessary sickness.

4.     Pressure wash exterior walls

After months of being exposed to months of harsh weather- snow then spring showers- your exterior walls will need some serious TLC.  Prevent the further build up of mildew and dirt by pressuring wash the walls. This is especially handy before you apply that new paint color.

5.     Inspect your deck

Investigate your deck boards, beams and posts for rotting and check to see if resealing the wood is required. A simple way to do this is to check the wood absorption capacity. Also check for any loose or corroded nails which will require replacements.

6.     Replace and clean old garden equipment

Thoroughly drain any gas left in the tank of your lawn mower since last fall. This can be done by purchasing a siphon pump or by running the mower until the tank dries. Don’t forget to lubricate the necessary parts and replace the spark plug when they start to show wear and tear.

A few simple tasks around the outside of your home each year will ensure a smooth transition to summer and will greatly enhance the beauty of your home.  We hope your summer is one to remember!

Hardwood Floor Maintenance Part 2

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This is a two part series where we are discussing simple daily maintenance that will help to ensure a longer life for your wood floor. Long term maintenance considerations are important, but the daily routine is what is practical for guarding your floor from damage ever day. In Part 2 we discuss how to protect your floor from objects and how to move items from place to place. 

On The Top

  • Shoes are not friendly to floors.  Especially high heels! These shoes seem to be made with a vengeance towards your wood floors.  The sharp tips of the shoes can cause small indentions and divots.  Some can be repaired, but not all!  Scars can be avoided by either removing shoes when walking on hardwood floors for extended periods of time or by buying heel protectors that slip over the heel tip.
  • Does your dog spend time inside?  Make sure your pet has his nails trimmed occasionally. Indoor pets can damage wood floors if their claws are too long.
  • Protect your wood floors from furniture!  All furniture that sits atop your wood floors needs to have a barrier between itself and the floor.  Many options exist, but check with the manufacturers recommendations for the best ideas.
  • Keep your floors dry!  Use mats in spaces where water is going to splash like the bathroom or kitchen.

Moving Around

  • Your furniture can seriously scuff or scratch your floors if pushed around without proper precautions.  Once again, there are multiple products on the market specifically for helping with this.  However, be sure to check with the manufacturer to find the best product to use with your floor.
  • Seemingly against the previous point, you should move your furniture around occasionally to ensure even wearing.  Just make sure you move it safely!
  • A furniture dolly can help with moving larger furniture, but make sure to plan for the weight and wheels!  Protect floors at this point as well!

Your wood floor maintenance doesn’t need to be overwhelming.  It’s easy to take care of your beautiful wood!  Flooring trends may change, as might your taste and style, but your floor is meant to be there for you through thick and thin. Don’t forget to read Part 1 of the Hardwood Floor Maintenance guide. 

Hardwood Floor Maintenance Part 1

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This will be a two part series exploring the easy tasks you can do daily to ensure a long life for your wood floor. Major maintenance considerations are always important, however they aren’t practical for guarding against normal life routines. The following tips are simple enough for even the busiest person and can be performed on a regular basis. This post will cover how to protect your floors from outside influences and simple cleanup. Part 2 will cover the proper way to set things on top of your floor and how/when to move them around.

Threats from the outside

  • Window treatments are the first line of defense against the UV rays from the sun.  Make sure to keep this in mind when purchasing your window coverings.  Wood floors are expected to naturally change shades and colors over time due to sun exposure, however with the right protection this can be controlled well.
  • Mats and small rugs are the trusted guards who protect your floor. These ever vigilant protectors can grab ahold of a large amount of dirt and grime before it ever makes its way into your home.  Sand, dirt or gravel can be tracked in on the bottom of shoes.  These are a very real enemy of your floors. These highly abrasive particles will do slow but steady damage to the floor. These can be placed at every entrance to your home, outside or inside.  Be sure to buy a mat or under-pad specifically made for wood floors so that the backing doesn’t do any damage.
  • The climate where you live can also make a big difference. Wood floors respond best to consistent humidity levels. This helps avoid contraction and expansion of the wood. All air regulation systems can help: humidifier, air conditioner, dehumidifier, or heater. 

Gentle Clean-up.  Quick!

  • A cheap broom won’t save you money in the long run.  Buy a high quality broom and dust and sweep your floors as often as possible.
  • Liquid messes cannot be cleaned up later.  Paying attention to small messes can save you heart ache.  Take the necessary time to quickly blot the mess with a soft cloth.
  • Be careful about using a vacuum on your wood floor. Using one without a beater bar is a great option, or your vacuum may have come with a hardwood floor attachment.  This is incredibly helpful in removing dirt from crevices where a broom will not reach.
  • Stains and spills are not fun.  For candle wax or chewing gum, try using a credit card to remove the excess. 

With a little care and time, your wood floor will thank you with years of use.  Treat it well!

The Top Benefits of Carrying Out Home Cleaning Regularly

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The home is a place where a person wants to sit comfortably and relax after the stress of a long day or week at work. The last thing you want to see when you come home at the end of a long day is to see dirt, dust and junk cluttering up your living space.  Not only does dirt and dust make it impossible to fully relax, they also have long term negative effects on the structure and value of your home.  Floors, walls, gutters, windows, sinks, everything must be cleaned on a schedule in order to promote a happy, healthy home.

Often times we don’t notice the slow and steady build up of dust and dirt until the ubiquitous season of spring cleaning.  Many people prefer to hire a professional cleaning service to help them start the spring and summer off with a deep clean for the whole house.  If you’re short on your budget, you can always make a list and work through the house on your own. 

There are many reasons to keep up on your cleaning schedule:

Preventing and mitigating damage:  When you are regularly wiping down surfaces, sweeping and moping, you are far more likely to notice the early stages of damage – cracks, fading, stains and the like.  You can easily address many of these issues when you catch them early.

Preventing Allergies: Many people are sensitive to dust and pollutants, so it stands to reason that keeping your house clean and dust free will go a long way towards mitigating the misery that seasonal and atmospheric allergens can cause.

Avoid Mold Attack: Moist and humid atmospheres support the growth of mold.  Not only is it unsightly and damaging to the surfaces of your house, mold also has a proven negative effect on your health. Cleaning and maintenance are the best cures for mold in your home.

Removing Pests:  There are some very tenacious bugs out there, ready to invade even the cleanest of homes.  Yet, taking away obvious sources of food and shelter for pests will go a long way towards stopping the invasion.  Regular cleaning will also betray their presence in the early stages, when the problem of pests is easy to deal with.

Improving The Appearance: It is always embarrassing to visit an untidy home – almost as embarrassing as having someone visit your own cluttered living space.  Regular cleaning will help you to avoid those issues and stop fearing the unexpected visitor.