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Stain Tips For A Grand Rapids Summer

With the hot Grand Rapids summer here and all the activity it brings, the kids are out and about, getting messy! It’s unfortunately time to prepare for those untimely spills and accidents that seem to follow children around. Whether it is drinks spilled on the floor, or greasy fingers getting cleaned on the sofa, here are some tips to stay on top of the accidents.


Ice Cream Stains:

  • Ice cream is gret on a hot day, but it melts quickly , and can cause a sticky mess, that can be a nightmare to remove from carpets and upholstery. Try to remove spillages quickly before they turn sticky. Blot a mark with a paper towel to absorb any excess liquid and to stop the stain from spreading. Never rub as this will make it worse and could cause a mark to stain.

Fruit Juice Spills:

  • Rinse fruit juice spillages with cold water. Mix a small amount of detergent with warm water and dab the mark with a towel. Rinse again with cold water to prevent further staining.

BBQ Stains:

  • Greasy marks can be a nightmare for sofas and chairs. Cover any marks with talcum powder or corn flour as quickly as possible to absorb the oil. Allow it to set for a few minutes, then remove it gently with a brush or a dry sponge.


  • If chewing gum gets stuck somewhere that it shouldn’t, freeze in a plastic bag if possible and use a blunt knife to gently remove the gum once frozen.


  • Cuts and scrapes come with summer activity, and can leave marks on your floors and upholstery. Use a small amount of laundry detergent, mixed with warm water to remove any  blood stains. Again, dab at the stain rather than rub and be sure to rinse the soapy solution properly as this could attract dirt if not cleaned away thoroughly.

Stubborn Stains: 

  • It’s best to keep a stubborn stain damp (but not wet) for several hours with a damp towel. If necessary, use a heavy book wrapped in cling film to apply pressure to the stain.

Turn To Alcohol:

  • If all else fails, try using alcohol to remove the stain. Both vodka and gin work well, especially when removing felt tip pen marks and glue stains. Dab or blot the stain with a paper towel soaked in alcohol until it has reduced or been removed.

How To Clean & Care For Oak Hardwood Floors

Here are some tips for cleaning oak floors and to keep them looking great. 

The best way to clean oak hardwood floors daily is using a dry mop to remove loose dirt, pet hair, and other particulates. Dirt and grit are the enemy of your hardwood flooring, acting as abrasives that can scratch and leave unsightly marks. If your oak flooring sees heavy traffic, consider vacuuming with a soft brush attachment or setting the beater bar to its highest setting. Create a no-shoes rule to reduce the amount of dirt and allergens tracked into your home and across the flooring. Always wipe up spills immediately to minimize stains and hardwood damage.
When considering how to clean oak hardwood floors, remember excessive water and harsh cleaners should be avoided. Oil soaps also should be avoided as this type of cleaner can build up, creating a film over time. While vinegar and water may help remove dark rings or small stains, vinegar is acidic and can affect the flooring's finish and stain. Generally, a solution with a neutral pH may be the best way to clean oak floors. Follow the flooring manufacturer's recommendation when cleaning oak wood floors in your home.
Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish if the finish of a hardwood floor is just dirty or if it's worn. Our ServiceMaster Clean flooring specialists offer advice for checking the finish before cleaning oak floors. If the finish on your oak flooring is worn, it's best to avoid using a wet mop to clean it. To test the finish, pick an inconspicuous spot and drop a tablespoon of water onto the floor. If the water beads up, the finish is in good shape; however, if the water soaks into the wood quickly and leaves any type of spot, the finish is worn. A worn finish should be redone before any type of floor cleaning or you increase the risk of damaging the wood.
A damp mop cleaning with plain water often works best for oak hardwood. The mop should never be soaking wet, simply damp to the touch. Avoid steam mops, as they may dull the finish. If you're dry mopping or vacuuming the oak floors regularly, it's likely you won't need to use a damp mop more than once every few weeks. When cleaning no longer restores the floor's shine, consider having the finish redone. Your oak floors deserve special care and treatment. Let us take the mystery out of cleaning oak hardwood floors. Our ServiceMaster Grand Rapids flooring professionals can assess the condition of your oak hardwood and determine the best cleaning method to get the job done and return the floor to its natural beauty.