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What Are The Different Methods For Cleaning Hard Surfaces?

Homeowners and business owners alike know that effectively cleaning hard surfaces can be challenging, complicated, and somewhat overwhelming if the proper techniques are not known and the necessary skill set is not there. To ensure that the surface or flooring is properly cleaned and no damage occurs during the process, the proper methods, materials and techniques must be used. In today’s design market, the types of materials used for floors and counters span a wide array of options, all of which can require different cleaning methods. From hard wood and masonry, to concrete, ceramic, stone or clay, the average person may not be aware just how damaging improper cleaning can be. And when top dollar is spent on specialty flooring or counters, the last thing anyone would want is to have the material damaged or destroyed.

Hard Wood

The typical home or business owner’s weekly routine for cleaning hard surfaces made of wood tends to rely mainly on a mop and broom. While great for everyday messes, these tools simply move the dirt around or cause the dirt to soak into the wood itself. So what about the ground in, soaked in grime that builds up over the years? Only a professional company can guarantee that the job is done correctly. They use high-quality machines with specialty brushes that lift the dirt without damaging the wood, and solutions specifically designed to extend the life of the flooring.


Flooring like marble and stone are some of the most popular in modern design. Yet the various types of stone out there are staggering, meaning that cleaning hard surfaces made of stone can be a bit overwhelming. Natural stone is typically classified into one of two categories, both of which require different methods of care. Siliceous stone is durable and can be cleaned with acidic solutions that are mild in nature. However calcareous stone is more sensitive to highly acidic products and must be cleaned differently.


When it comes to masonry, trained experts advise consumers not to seal the surface, as the allowance for bricks to breathe is very important. That said, sealed bricks are easier to clean. Regardless of whether the masonry is unsealed or sealed, certified technicians know which types of solutions to use and ensure that the proper levels of acidity are maintained so as not to damage the bricks. Cleaning hard surfaces such as these can be complicated for home or business owners, but not for certified technicians.  


Concrete is another surface that has many different types, each requiring their own specific method for proper cleaning. Power washing some concrete that is outside is a great first step to clean dirt that has settled into the concrete. Experts recommend using a power washer with at least 3000 psi, or pounds per square inch, to get the job done. However, when cleaning hard surfaces made of concrete, pressure washing alone may not always do the trick. There are a variety of stains such as oil, grease, paint or rust that may require chemical removal.

No matter which hard surfaces need attention, hiring a certified professional will produce the best results.

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