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Cleaning Tips & Tricks for all Floor Surfaces

Wondering how often you should have your floors professionally cleaned? What about the maintenance in between services? The following guidelines should help you avoid common pitfalls caring for all types of floor surfaces and learn a few tricks too!

 

Hardwood, Engineered Wood or Laminate Wood Floors

  • For wood floors, use a light mist of water and flat mop with a micro fiber pad to clean for routine maintenance.
  • Stay away from any products that mention “leave a shine” on the label; these products leave coatings that embed dirt on floors and can open doors for expensive refinishing.
  • Schedule a professional cleaning once a year to prolong cleanliness and healthy floors. Be sure to perform routine maintenance to prevent dirt and particles from scratching the floors.
  • Place furniture protectors on the feet of all heavy furniture so if it’s bumped or scooted across the floor no damage will be done.
  • Keep rugs at doorways to help protect floors from grit and debris.

 

Carpet

  • For carpet, the recommendation is to vacuum once a week per person in the household to maintain floors. Ex: A family of 4 should vacuum 4 times a week.
  • Use a company that does a steam cleaning and extraction for carpet cleaning. Most manufacturer warranties require a professional cleaning at least once a year.
  • For spills, blot the affected area with water only. Don’t use over the counter stain removal products.
  • Keep a damp towel on a stain until a professional can arrive, it will keep the stain from setting.
  • Apply carpet protectant at least once every year to keep it protected and preserve the life of your carpet.
  • To remove candle wax, place a power towel over the wax, and place a warm iron on top of the paper towel. The wax will melt into the paper towel. Repeat with clean paper towels until the wax is gone.

 

Tile & Grout

  • Don’t over use mop bucket water, it just spreads and leaves soil deposits. Always rinse with plain water to clear up any soap residue.
  • Sweep tile and grout at least twice a week.
  • Steam clean at least once a year to keep floor and grout lines looking their best.
  • Seal grout lines to protect from staining every three years.

 

If you ever have any questions concerning maintenance or cleaning process we are only a phone call away (214) 662-2300. Paneless is bonded and insured, licensed for both carpet and all stone cleaning and has twenty three years of experience to handle all your floor care needs.

 

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Purified Water is not Just for Drinking

What is Reverse Osmosis Technology?

Allergies are a battle in Dallas, TX. The treatment is eliminating exposure to irritants. This can mean controlling what is ingested and prepping homes. First, encase pillows with hypoallergenic protectors, use HEPA filters, and monitor cleaning solutions purchased. The recommendation is to use natural product and the least amount necessary. Many homeowners are investing in water purifying systems. Initially, the investment may be made for drinking water but reverse osmosis water has useful properties beyond human consumption. Homeowners will benefit from softer clothes, less residue while bathing, and zero smell.

Service companies have also realized the benefits of using purified water to clean. The science behind it is interesting. Reverse osmosis water is filtered through a five-stage process. Then the water is pushed through a semi-permeable membrane. This filtering process removes all total dissolved solids that cause water to spot. The purification is extensive and removes up to 99% of organic material, nitrate, and iron. Pure water is a cleaning agent itself. Water loves minerals so when we remove those minerals, it wants them back. It is called “thirsty water.” Purified water is the healthiest cleaning solution available.

 

Benefits of Purified Water

  • Reduce allergens
  • Eliminate or reduce cleaning agents
  • Surfaces stay clean longer
  • Clean easier, contaminants removed

Purified Water For Cleaning

Reverse osmosis water eliminates the need for additional cleaning solutions.  The list of household chores that benefit from purified water is extensive. Window cleaning is at the top of the list. Flushing windows with purified water will remove any dirt and leave the glass streak-free. Windows will stay clean longer because no soap residue is left behind to attract dust. Additionally, pure water is particularly healthy for carpet cleaning. Have you ever had your carpets cleaned and noticed stains reappear quickly? This phenomenon is called wicking. It happens when stains are deeply embedded in the padding.  It also happens when carpets are not dried properly or solutions are not extracted. Using purified water extracts soaps left in the carpet. Therefore, carpets are left softer, dry faster, and are bacteria free. Finally, extracting contaminants protects carpet fibers. This prolongs the lifespan of the carpet.

In summary, all cleaning benefits from dissolved minerals being removed from water. As we like to say, “Seeing is believing.” Call Paneless to learn more about the benefits of using purified water to clean.

 

Zero Residue Carpet Cleaning Dallas, TX

 

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What is soft washing, can’t I just power wash?

When you have a dirty patio, deck, or roof you most often think of power washing as the only solution. However, the best solution depends on the type of surface to clean and what the condition of it is. Softer surfaces like slate, limestone, and stucco should be preserved and protected by soft washing due to their porous composition. Surfaces covered in mold or algae can be power washed and the mold and algae will be removed but it does not address the mold and algae spores that will just spread again. Soft washing kills the spores and keeps your surfaces clean for a longer duration. Surfaces commonly soft washed are:

  • Stucco
  • Limestone
  • Cast stone
  • Whole home rinsing
  • Roof cleaning & chimneys
  • Natural stones

So, what is soft washing? Soft washing uses low pressure and a high-water flow with added cleaning agents and surfactant to dissolve webs, dirt, and algae. Rather than using power washing that may clean but not kill algae, low pressure pumps are used to spray cleaning solutions. They are allowed a dwell time to activate, and then are rinsed thoroughly with soft pressure. Paneless has a multitude of formulas to handle a variety of stains including rust, grease, and mold. Don’t replace siding, stucco, and roofs due to discoloration without consulting with a trusted provider on the possibility of soft washing. Soft washing benefits are:

  • Kill mold & algae
  • Remove rust and stains
  • Disintegrate cobwebs & dirt daubers
  • No damage to wood or siding
  • Safe for all roof rinsing
  • Surfaces stay clean longer

 

PRESERVE PLANTS, GRASS, & TREES

Besides having the proper equipment and mixture of solutions, it is also necessary to preserve plant life. Plant washes and soaking methods are used before and after service to neutralize cleaning agents ensuring that your grass, shrubbery, and plants are not harmed. If this is something you feel unequipped to handle, we can make the experience “Paneless”.  Paneless Home Services is located in Dallas, Texas. Call (214) 662-2300.

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Tips & Tricks for Spring Cleaning & Checklist

Turning your to do list into a ta-done list!

It is the time of year to clean out closets, shred documents, and refresh your home. Nothing feels as great, or is more relaxing than enjoying a sparkling clean home. There are some tips and tricks to make this a less daunting task.  Did you know that mirrors and glass tables can be treated with a product that allows them to be dusted with just a microfiber towel to leave them with a streak-free clean for months?  Have you even been woken up by the smoke detector that needs new batteries and realize you don’t have a ladder to reach them? Let us help organize a schedule of maintenance for your home that will make your life easier. Some common items that don’t usually get regular attention because they require ladders, scaffolding, or back pack vacs are chandeliers, fans, and high dusting of ceilings. Paneless located in Dallas, Texas has all the equipment, certifications, and manpower to take these items of your to do list. To sweeten the deal, we are offering a 20% savings package when you book three or more services. Call us at (214) 662-2300 for details. Please find a checklist of services for your home below and wash away those winter blues to be ready for some spring and summer fun!

 

Exterior Maintenance Checklist:

Window cleaning and screens

Gutter cleaning and flush of downspouts

□ Cobwebbing

□ Porch Lamps

□ Rust removal

Power or soft  washing patios, driveways, pool decks

 

Interior Maintenance Checklist:

□ Interior windows

□ Chandelier polishing

□ Light bulb and battery changes

□ High Dusting

□ Mirrors and glass

□ Shower restoration and sealing

Blind and shutter cleaning

□ Natural stone countertops

 

Floor Maintenance Checklist:

□ Tile and grout cleaning and sealing

□ Hardwood floor cleaning and coating

□ Carpet cleaning

□ Garage floor cleaning

Marble honing and polishing

□ Natural stone cleaning

 

 

 

 

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The Dirt on Tile & Grout Cleaning

Dirty grout lines can change the overall appearance of your floors. Did you know that dirt, bacteria, and mold can penetrate through grout and lie within the pores? Like carpet, tile and grout should be professionally steam cleaned to sanitize.

Benefits Are:

  • Prevent Grout Stains
  • Sanitization
  • Prolong Life
  • Maintain Original Appearance

Hiring a Pro
It is important to hire a professional company that can confidently explain their products and equipment. Never forget to protect your family and household by asking for proof of insurance, a list of references, and most importantly how long the company has been cleaning tile and grout. Online reviews like google or the BBB are a great resource to turn to.
How Often Should I Steam Clean?
Tile and grout should be steam cleaned once a year and sealed every three years to protect the grout and natural stone if it exists.
Helpful Tips
1. Avoid painting grout lines, this will work short-term for appearances only and will result in costly solutions to remove the paint. It will eventually flake and bubble up sporadically. Ultimately, if the floor can’t be cleaned and sealed for protection, it may be time to start over with fresh grout or proceed with a nice remodel.
2. Never use bleach to mop grout, this will result with yellowing of your grout lines and permanent staining. Acid etching is a better solution.
3. Steam clean prior to grout repair. This will ensure the grout color is matched accurately to your true grout line colors.

Surfaces We Steam Clean:
• Ceramic
• Porcelain
• Travertine
• Marble
• Limestone
• Terra Cotta

The Paneless Cleaning Process begins with applying an alkaline grout treatment that emulsifies dirt to lift it to the top for extraction. Our certified technician will use a counter rotating brush machine to scrub the floors or showers. The truck mount with RO technology uses a high pressure of 900psi, heated to 230˚ steam, that suctions simultaneously.

Occasionally there are specified areas usually around commodes, kitchens, or heavy foot traffic areas that will have stained grout lines. Paneless can acid treat to etch out the staining. The success rate is highly dependent on what the stain is, how long it has been there, and if it has been painted over.
After investing in a professional clean, we recommend sealing the grout. The sealer is breathable, but waterproof, which allows moisture that comes up through the foundation to evaporate. This formula creates a long-lasting and durable layer of protection that makes maintaining your floors or showers “Paneless”.

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Gutter Cleaning: To Clean Or Not To Clean

Gutter Cleaning Dallas, TXGutter Cleaning to Prevent Damage

Gutters are rarely noticed or thought about until there is a problem. Mature trees, roof shingles, and occasionally animals can all cause issues in gutters. Any large amount of debris that gets wet and builds over time can eventually cause sagging and displacement of gutters. Watch out for nesting, if you see birds it is a good idea to bird proof. Bird waste can build up and become compacted in your gutters. On top of being unsightly, they can begin to smell. There are products safe for both birds and the environment that will encourage nesting elsewhere. If you have clogged downspouts, rain can actually run over the top of gutters. This causes streaks on the gutter face and the back up causes damage to the wood. Gutter cleaning is recommended twice a year before fall and early winter. This clears the way for fall and then cleans them out before freezing and expansion present a problem in winter.

Gutter Protection Systems

Tired of worrying about gutter cleaning? Then consider a gutter protection system. They are expensive but most have a 20 year warranty. Gutter protection systems are a fan favorite because they are unseen and save the cost of routine cleaning. The science behind the product is that only the smallest of particles are allowed through the screens. Larger debris sit on top and should dry up and blow off leaving your gutters free flowing and protected. They prevent nesting, and keep other critters out as well. If you would like to see a demo of the product or want to keep it simple and just have routine maintenance, give Paneless a call for a free consultation.

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Professional Tips for Power Washing and Sealing

Pressure Washing

Summertime means spending more time outdoors by the barbecues and pools. Have you noticed stains, algae, or drab looking stonework and walkways? If so, now is the best time for pressure washing and sealing. You will want to choose a company with industrial grade washers and the proper tips to address different types of surfaces. Hiring an inexperienced company or attempting to do it yourself could lead to damages. The most common damages are  scarring of limestone, stucco, and splintering wood. These surfaces are best cleaned by soft washing which is a gentle technique using low pressure.

Commercial grade pressure washers can perform up to 4,000 PSI, and knowing how to use them can save costly damages and replacements. The cleaning process involves applying solutions, allowing dwell time, and then power washing with smooth and even strokes. The best mark of an experienced cleaner is no mark at all!

 

Sealing

Why are sealers Sealing outdoor stone Dallas, TXimportant? First, they can protect and prevent stone from mold and algae. Second, they can protect surfaces surrounding pools and near sprinklers from flaking and expanding due to chlorine or salt. There are many sealer choices available depending on the desired appearance. The two most common are a penetrating topical and a regular penetrating. Topical sealer is used for slate and sandstone. It has enhancers available for deeper, richer color. Regular sealer is used for concrete and limestone and it does not change the look of the stone. Some sealers can have densifiers added that help prevent chalking and flaking. Finally, sealers cannot be applied until stone is dry and there is no rain in the forecast for 48 hours. Durable sealers will be guaranteed for an average of three years.

If you still have questions or would like an evaluation, call Paneless certified specialists at (214) 662-2300.

RO technology is reverse osmosis water that is filtered through a five-stage process. This process removes all total dissolved solids and chlorine that cause water to spot or dry hard because of minerals. Since the water is pure, it acts as a cleaning agent itself. Water loves minerals so when we remove those minerals, it wants them back. We refer to it as thirsty water. So ask yourself, what is in soil? Minerals. Now you have water that wants minerals. So we use this RO water to adsorb the soil on a window or floor surfaces. This RO water is incorporated into the majority of the services we provide.