Ring out the Dirt this New Year!


Holiday fun left some lingering dirt and allergens around the house.  This year, how about adding to your home’s overall cleanliness as one of your New Year’s resolutions!  Here’s some tips for success: 

1. Shoes Stays in One Place


Taking your shoes off as soon as you enter your home, greatly reduces the debris in your home.  Just think your shoes have walked everywhere!  Even public bathrooms!  You don’t want to bring unnecessary bacteria, dirt, dust, and allergens to your home.  These particles are very attractive to insects who will enjoy residing in your flooring and comfy carpets.  This year, you might start by having a designated area to place them.  (Kudos to you if you already do this!)



2. Vacuum/Sweep More Often

Just a little pick up is helpful!  Try vacuuming/ sweeping or using your iRobot more rigorously in areas where there is heavier traffic on the weekends.  These are areas in front of the doors and walk ways.


3. Sweep before Mopping

If you don’t sweep before mopping, the dirt and debris can just get pushed around rather than actually cleaned.

4. Clean Up After Your Pets

Ava Kissel and Kitten

Sometimes it’s too late to clean up after your pets.  You might find the smell of dry urine in your carpet days later.  Especially with a new liter of kittens.  How can you get upset at any pet that adorable!  Pet urine can ultimately damage your carpet.  If you can’t remove the odor and stain on your own, then it’s a good time to call Elite Floor and Furniture Cleaning.

5. Mats, mats, mats

While there’s no way to fully keep debris out, you can start with a mat inside as well as outside.  People need a place where they can brush off their shoes before tracking debris inside.  Mats at every entryway in your home are the best.  The more mats, the better.

Don’t skimp on choosing cheaper mats, either. You need thick mats and keep a backup mat, in case you need to switch out when one set gets too dirty. Clean the mats weekly.  Pictured below are some durable mats I cleaned.  Before on the left and after cleaning on the right.

6. Cleanliness is Healthy!


Whatever your method is for eliminating dirt in your home, it’s important to keep it clean at all times.  Vacuuming removes dirt and dust, but many problem areas do not get the attention they deserve.

Problem areas are breeding grounds where dust and pollen accumulate which can trigger allergies and asthma.  Deep in your carpet or flooring, allergens and bacteria get trapped, thus, exposing you to them.

If you are someone who is sensitive to environmental allergens, biannual carpet or flooring cleanings would definitely be helpful to you!

Clean Floors and Happy Pets

You Can Have Clean Floors and Happy Pets!

Your house will always be clean with regular preventative floor cleaning.  It’s a matter of staying on top of the pet hair and dirt.  Once you have had your initial deep clean, in order to achieve a benchmark level of cleanliness, we can manage the rest with maintenance.  Really, even pets will get use to the cleaning routine and enjoy scurrying around your clean floors.

You want to live in a hygienic living environment.  A clean floor, or a not so clean floor says a lot about a home’s environment.  It’s not just about appearances; it is also about reducing allergens and pathogens to levels that don’t pose risks to your health. A trained and experienced cleaner knows exactly where to look for these potentially damaging problems.  Plus, it’s Arizona, you don’t want to breathe in the debris.  Especially, as we approach this gorgeous weather, which means a very dry air; meaning drier skin.  Thus, there will be more DUST or dead skin cells around your house compared to the summer.

Fun Fact: The percentage of dust in our homes is actually from dead skin cells, about 75% to 90%.  


So, have your home ready for visitors!  The biggest floor cleaning jobs can take up several hours, so you want to plan ahead and get your floors cleaned before your house guests arrive.  Instead of living in a constant state of panic, you can ensure your home is always presentable by hiring a professional floor cleaner. It doesn’t matter what time of the day or week it is, you will never be embarrassed about your floors again.  And believe me, Thanksgiving is going to sneak up on you sooner than you think!


Grout Repair-Labor of Love

This Labor Day, enjoy yourself!  Have fun entertaining your friends and family.   Before inviting them over, I bet you’ll be tidying up your house.  Maybe, you’ll start to notice that your tile grout needs a deep cleaning.  It’s tough to clean tile grout because it’s a porous compound which allows dirt and contaminants to seep down inside the grout.  And the result looks kinda of bad, an ugly discoloration that’s going to resists a regular cleaning with a mop.

Recently, I cleaned and sealed tile grout for a new home.  See pictures below.

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So on your Labor Day, relax and save your valuable time.  Grout cleaning, repair, and sealing are my labor of love.  I would be happy to help you out.  Over the years, I have spent much time on understanding what extraction cleaning method works best on natural stone.

If you are looking for a longer lasting clean on your tile grout, ask me about grout sealing….


Most Common Summer Stains

Yeah it’s summer!  Tis’ the season to be the most active during the year.  However, if you live in Phoenix, you are most likely to stay indoors.  These summer months are when your carpets are the most susceptible to stains due to the dust and debris that is brought into your home.  For example, left over sand from visiting San Diego’s beaches,  sugary drink spills,  ketchup, and melted popsicles (yuck).   Unless, you have a responsive friendly pet that will lick up your messes, you will need to act fast on these stains so they do not become permanent.

Keep the following top 3 cleaning solutions on hand for these types of messes:

  1. Hydrogen peroxide –  you can get it at Walgreens.  Works great on stains like blood, chocolate, and sugary products .
  2. White vinegar –mix 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water, start blotting and then rinse.  Best for strong stains like pet urine.
  3. Rubbing alcohol – it’s awesome on grease and makeup. No need to dilute it, just apply to stain.

If you feel unsure in the application or the exact cleaning process, send me a line at justin@eliteclng.com  I’m happy to give you my insights.


One Generation to the Next passes…

down Kissel family values in the floor care and repair business.  Now, I’m glad to be the 2nd generation benefiting from my father’s 40 years of experience.  On his recent visit here, we worked on a few jobs together.  He told me, “It is possible for your customers to clean carpet well with a rental machine. But they could not do a better job than you!”  

Timothy Kissel
Recently, my dad and I worked on a job together when he came to visit Arizona.

He added, “With all of the different options out there on deep cleaning equipment, your customers would have to invest their time to figure out what’s the best cleaning method for their floors.”   I thought about what my dad said.  Figuring out what are the best cleaning solutions and the cleaning methods that will really work is MY JOB!  Just like problem solving, I consider if I will need to buff the fibers of the carpet with absorbent pads or use hot water extraction first?  I clean all types of floors day after day and I have found what will boost a detergent’s effectiveness to get cleaner furniture and floors.  It was awesome to reaffirm our family values with my dad again!


Integrity in Every Job

Cleaned Courts at Tumbleweed Recreational Center

This past weekend, we cleaned Tumbleweed Recreational Center in Chandler, AZ.  The tough part of cleaning for commercial properties, like Tumbleweed Rec. Center is having to plan when we can come into clean when the facility is not in use.  So, we started the job in the evenings and ended very late to the AM.  My wife can attest to this; it puts a damper on family life.  However, I take to the challenge of working in this magnitude.


Commercial properties differ from residential in that there is a higher volume of traffic, thus more debris and dirt accumulate.  The most challenging part was to fix the improper cleaning done by the previous person who cleaned, the debris settled deep into the floors and we fixed it.  The problem solving skills I have acquired is knowing what is RIGHT chemical solution for the particular floor I am working with.  I saw that this floor needed to a solution that would uphold to aggressive use.  However, I had to safely clean the floors to maintain the luster of courts, which required more attention and a higher level of cleaning skill.  This is the knowledge I have gained after working with my hands over the years.

We all worked with our hands plus, killed our backs, knees and shoulders for 4 consecutive evenings to get these floors gleaming clean.  My crew had to take a few days off to allow their bodies to recover.   My back, neck, shoulders and my knees are screaming at me for the labor I put them through.  I saw how the previous cleaner found the fastest way to clean at the cost of recreational center and myself.  When I was a teenager working for my dad’s carpet cleaning company, he taught me how to clean all types of floors, most importantly, he taught me to think of the people we were cleaning for.  He said to do the job that would best serve the customer.  The bottom line was that my dad was teaching me about integrity. I thought about the families, kids, sports teams and seniors that would be on these courts.  I wanted to do this job with integrity.  No matter what kind of work is done, there is integrity behind every job!

Keep Your Natural Stone, Looking Natural! Here’s how…

First, figure out what category your natural stone falls into.  Is it siliceous stone or calcareous stone. This is very important when applying cleaning products.  Siliceous stone is composed mainly of silica or quartz-like particles which is very durable and relatively easy to clean. For example, granite, slate, sandstone, quartzite, brownstone, and bluestone.

On the other hand, calcareous stone is composed mainly of calcium carbonate which is sensitive to acidic cleaning products and requires completely different cleaning procedures than siliceous stone.  For example, marble, travertine, limestone, and onyx.  marble Cleaning products and procedures will have different results depending on your type of natural stone.  Second, what is the current condition of your natural stone?  Use the following checklist to make an assessment before you get to cleaning or hiring someone.

  1.  Are the tiles flat and even?  Uneven tiles may result in the floor needing to be ground flat, honed, and then polished.
  2. Are there any cracked tiles?  Cracked tiles will allow dirt and other debris to accumulate in the cracks. This may require that the tiles be replaced, or at a minimum, filled.
  3. Has the stone been coated with any waxes, acrylics, enhancers, or other coatings?   Are there any staining or  are there any signs that the sealer has worn off?  Knowing the type of stain (organic, oil-based, etc.) will help in finding the proper stain removal technique needed. Also, knowing how many times the stone has had stains or spills will play a role in determining if an application of a sealer is required.

The bottom line is the more you know about your natural stone, the better we can serve your natural stone needs.  Elite Floor and Furniture Cleaning specializes in natural stone care.  Let me know what your concerns are, we are happy to help.  480-710-4110