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FUN FACT: Travertine is a Sedimentary stone and is formed through the accumulation of calcite. Travertine contains lots of holes that were created by a substance called H2O flowing directly through it during its formation. These naturally occurring "pits" are typically resin or grout-filled at the stone quarry. Over time, even the epoxy or resin will dull or even pop out...leaving a huge, unsightly, gaping hole in your floor. If your stone has a honed finish, you can attempt to fill this in with a standard, sanded grout. However, if it is polished, it will have to be color-matched, epoxy-filled, sanded and polished. But your stone definitely deserves it...and so do you.
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You might be vacuuming your carpeting every single day, but if you're neglecting your hard-surface flooring (tile, wood and natural stone), then you will be feeling the ill effects of cross-surface contamination. I couldn't live without this in my home: http://ow.ly/Ho6eg I vacuum my tile floor after every meal...and our carpet consequently stays Neat-Freakishly clean. Eat. Vacuum. Repeat.
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Throw out that bottle of Windex (but keep the bottle...you might actually need that). Denatured Alcohol works great on glass, glass surfaces and fixtures alike, and it works amazingly well on French Panes (Bonus). It leaves no streaks and you can pick up a 1QT Container (that will probably last your entire life) from your local hardware store for only $6.00. Make sure you pick up some lint-free rags as well!
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You've gotten back to normal life, the kids are back in school, you've found places for all the new toys and various gifts you received, and you've got your home cleaned again, but what about your stone floors? Before you try to restore their pre-holiday glory, you'll need to know the difference between honing and polishing natural stone...
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To avoid Christmas Clean up fiascoes, I don't recommend typical "over the counter" stain removers. If you're looking to treat spots as they happen, Groom Industries sells good DIY cleaning products. Happy New Year!
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If you need to remove pet hair or scrub spots and stains out of your carpet, a good carpet rake can make a world of difference. It's a great way to wake up your sagging carpet fibers and will make your carpet look much more inviting for your Christmas visitors.
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I was asked how home owners can quickly treat holiday spills and stains, this is a product that can be found on groomindustries.com. If you're going to try a DIY cleaner, this will be safer on your carpet than mixing up a home remedy.
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Helping you quickly remove holiday stains...
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In Arizona, we don’t have to worry about extreme cold (or even mildly cold) weather, our windows won’t fog, frost over or freeze in the winter.Instead, our windows have to protect us from dust storms, relentless heat and torrential rains, they can get pretty dirty...
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What this family saw when they decided to rearrange their furniture and what we did about it.
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