Tomball - Magnolia Edition | July 2021

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ASKA RUG CLEANER

MAINTAINING YOUR HOME

The National Association of Home Builders oers routine home maintenance tips for homeowners looking to maintain their homes’ value and ensure their safety.

Richard Middleton, owner of the Great American Rug Cleaning Co. in Tomball, oers advice for how homeowners can care for their rugs. HOW CAN HOMEOWNERS BEST CARE FOR THEIR RUGS? [Homeowners should] start by surface of the rug, [and] you cannot work on any type of stains thoroughly, which takes time. When you bring a rug

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Find other useful home ownership tips at www.nahb.org.

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into our shop it goes through a very rigorous 10-step process from tagging the rug, taking pictures of the rug and dry soil removal. After that it’s going to go through a process to neutralize pet urine. After that it’s going to have to be dried properly. Then it will go to the nish oor, where we’re going to do a nal quality control. WHAT’S THE VALUE OF A RUG? [A homeowner should own a rug] for aesthetics. People have been getting away from wall-to-wall carpet, and that’s been the trend for the past 15-20 years now ... so you want something that’s going to warm up the room, feel good on your feet, and of course really ties things together.

vacuuming in the home, spot cleaning appropriately, rotating the rug at least a couple of times a year, and having your rugs cleaned for your typical household every couple of years. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INHOME CLEANING AND TAKING A RUG TO GET IT CLEANED? When you’re coming into someone’s home you’re going to be utilizing, typically, a steam-cleaning-focused, or hot-water extraction, method. You can only do so much, especially when most rugs are going to have pet urine to some degree, which you cannot ush and clean out appropriately on location. You’re not able to do dry soil removal thoroughly; you can only vacuum the Richard Middleton Owner, Great American Rug Cleaning Co. 212 E. Main St., Ste. 100, Tomball 281-205-8325 www.greatamericanrugcleaningcompany.com

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EXTERIOR

INTERIOR

1 Roofs should be inspected by a qualied roofer every three years, and skylights should be inspected so leaks do not develop. 2 Ensure downspouts and gutters do not get clogged with leaves and other debris. 3 Inspect siding each year to see if it needs repainting, and trim shrubs away so they do not touch the siding. 4 Check for split or cracked caulking on windows and doors annually, and replace the caulk as necessary. 5 Moving parts of garage doors need to be oiled once every three months.

6 Air lters require regular replacement, generally once every three months. 7 Safety and security : Regularly check security alarms and circuit breakers. Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year. 8 Clean each faucet’s aerator every three to four months. Maintain garbage disposals by running cold water through them. 9 Masonry walls can develop a white powder that can be scrubbed o with water and a sti brush. 10 Hardwood oors without polyurethane need to be waxed with a liquid or paste “spirit” wax. Use emulsion wax on vinyl.

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SOURCE: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

                                  

                                                     

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TOMBALL  MAGNOLIA EDITION • JULY 2021

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