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Vacuum Cleaners

Lets face it people.  A vacuum is an expensive investment as far as cleaning equipment goes.  We all have our favorites and  I've owned many different brands.  I struggled with lugging heavy equipment up and down stairs. I've dealt with bag leaks and explosions. I've lived through not having a replacement bag and clogs that can not be cleared without taking the whole vacuum apart. To be honest I never liked any vacuum until I bought a Shark. 
 

Avoid VOC's

Not feeling so healthy these days? Maybe it’s the cleaning chemicals you are working with.
Avoid:
-Non-green cleaners as much as possible.
-Cleaners that contain VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) Use VOC free glass cleaners if possible. You are breathing in very high amounts of VOC’s when working with chemicals all the time.
-Scented cleaners. The scents in most cleaners are VOC’s.

Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring is made of natural rubber which is coloured by mineral pigments. Oil, solvents, strong soaps and alkalis may damage rubber tile. The rubber floor should be protected against indentation (chair legs) and against deterioration from sunlight. It may become discoloured and lose its elasticity. Abrasive cleaners should always be avoided because they may scratch the tile. Rubber tile has a non-porous, smooth surface and is resistant to stains, acids and mild alkalis. It provides a very durable surface.

Synthetic Floors

 
Synthetic floor are made from high polymers, usually polyurethane or polyvinyl. They are being used today in many gymnasiums, ice arenas, recreation centres, running tracks and homes.
These types of floor require a different maintenance program than those used on other floors. However, before undertaking work of any kind on a synthetic floor, it is important to refer to the manufacturers instructions.  Manufacturers of synthetic flooring are very particular about the care of their floors. It is possible that the warranty of an installed floor may be invalidated by applying materials or using maintenance procedures and methods other than those recommended and approved by the manufacturer.

New tile

New tile, as received from the factory, is typically coated with a factory finish. This coating prevents the tiles from sticking together in storage or transport.
The factory finish must be removed prior to the application of a sealer or finish. This may be accomplished by stripping or deep scrubbing. Loss of finish adhesion and polish levelling problems may result if the factory finish is not removed.

Vinyl floors

Vinyl and Vinyl Composite
Vinyl and vinyl composite flooring are the most common types of resilient flooring today. Vinyl floors are pure or homogenous; vinyl composite is made mainly of vinyl with limestone (calcium carbonate) filler. This filler makes the vinyl composite floor more brittle, more susceptible to high-heel indentation marks, and more porous than homogenous vinyl. As a result of these basic differences, pure vinyl floors are generally easier to build gloss (since the finish stays on the surface), but tend to scuff and black heel mark more readily. Vinyl and vinyl composite floors are easily maintained using the appropriate techniques.

Hardwood Floors

The question on many homeowners minds is what products to use to clean hardwood floors.  In my experience the product line that consistently earns the most kudos is Bono.  Bona is more expensive than most lines but when considering the duration of shine and effectiveness of safely cleaning hardwoods, it's worth the expense.