Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Protect your floor from Christmas tree

Who doesn’t love a real Christmas tree? The natural pine smell, the lights twinkling from your living room window and the opportunity to make your neighbours jealous.

Protect your floor from Christmas tree
But before you drag your tree through the house and begin to arrange it’s display for the twelve days of Christmas, it’s always advisable to plan ahead and consider what impact having a real pine tree in your lounge may have on your floor.

There are many challenges that real trees can pose over the Christmas period including needles dropping, water leaking, stand staining, and tree sap getting into the floor. And of course, we’ve all seen comedy videos of cats attacking Christmas trees because they are shiny, but imagine the damage a real tree can cause to your floor if the tree is pulled over.

Here are some tips to help protect your floor over the festive period

Needles dropping - as with cut flowers, cut trees need watering.  If the tree dries out, it will lose its needles very fast.  Use a Christmas tree stand with a water dish so that you can top up the water regularly.  This will not stop the needles dropping completely but it will reduce the amount.  Also, heat will affect the tree and make it dry out faster, so try to place the tree away from a heat source.

Water leakage - a carpet or wooden floor can be badly damaged if you get a leak.  Be sure to protect the floor under the tree stand with something waterproof that can catch the water if it spills.  A big tray will do, a strip of carpet protector, or a waterproof mat.  Test the stand's water holding capabilities over night before collecting your tree.

Stand staining – If the stand becomes wet, it can transfer its colouring on to the carpet.  These are usually painted green and will result in a green stain on your carpet.  As with above, put some sort of protection underneath, possibly an off cut of carpet that you don't mind getting stained.

Tree sap - Tree sap is very sticky to deal with.  If the sap leaks on to your carpet you will want to use alcohol to treat it.  As with all chemical treatments, do a test on an inconspicuous area of carpet first the ensure the alcohol will not damage the carpet.  Using a clean, un-dyed cloth dab the alcohol onto the sap.  This will harden the sap to make it possible to scrape away. If you are unsure, please contact Art of Clean us and we will be able to remove the mark.



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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

What is the black paint around the edges of my wood floor? Can it be removed?

Before the days of fitted carpets, it was very common to lay a rug in the middle of the room and to paint an insulated bitumen product around the edges of the room. This was usually a black or brown paint.

Can we remove the black areas by sanding the floor?

When sanded, the bitumen immediately turns into a liquid tar-like product and, in doing this, quickly clogs the sanding discs/belts. But good news, the bitumen can be removed! It will cost a little bit more to have your floor sanded to cover the additional cost of materials.

Please note that, in some cases, you might see a slight difference in tone after the sanding. The wood underneath the bitumen will have not been exposed to the same levels of moisture/air comparing to the remaining floor.


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wood sanding and oiling cambridge



wood sanding and oiling cambridge
After the sanding and oiling! Beautiful pine floor!!

Art of Clean can help with your wooden floor restoration in Cambridge. Give us a call on 01223 863632.




Art of Clean is a specialist cleaning firm in: 


Wood Floor Sanding,
Stone floor Cleaning,
Carpet Cleaning,
Rug Cleaning,
Upholstery Cleaning 
Leather Furniture Cleaning, 



Working for domestic or commercial clients throughout Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.

For more information on our services contact our friendly team on 01223 863632 or email us at info@artofclean.co.uk







Friday, 1 December 2017

Can you use baby wipes on a leather sofa?

Can you use baby wipes on a leather sofa?
Leather sofas are easy to clean and many people will choose to upgrade to a leather sofa when they have children on the way because it's easier to quickly wipe a leather sofa clean of any accidents than to strip and wash an upholstered sofa.

But don't be tempted to use baby wipes to clean your leather sofa!

Using household cleaning products, even seemingly gentle baby wipes, will eventually make your leather sofa crack and peel. 

The wipes will break down the protective layer applied to the leather that help it to repel dirt and fluids and keep it from drying out. Instead of using wipes you will want to simply clean the area using a damp cloth - chemical free. 

For removal of more stubborn marks use a leather specific cleaner as this will work with the leathers natural properties to break down the mark whilst protecting the leather at the same time.

See our sister site for our recommended leather care product on  www.artofcleanonline.co.uk.

Sometimes, the leather product will not be powerful enough to remove the marks so then you can call a professional like Art of Clean. We will clean and apply a protection on your leather sofa!
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Working for domestic or commercial clients throughout Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.

For more information on our services contact our friendly team on 01223 863632 or email us at info@artofclean.co.uk



Tuesday, 28 November 2017

How to protect and look after your newly polished floor?

A lustrous finished wood floor won't stay that way for long unless it is looked after.

We recently a ladies with an Amtico floor and she asked us "if we could help her with some felt padding for the underneath of her dining chairs to stop the floor from scratching".

how to protect my wood floor

SO we thought other may also like to know:  How to protect and look after your newly polished floor:

- Dirt and grit is a timber floor's worst enemy! It doesn't just hide the gleam of polished floorboards, it's abrasiveness actually harms the floorboards too.  Use large dirt-trapping mats at each entrance to help prevent sand, dust and grit from being trodden inside.  It is important to clean these mats on a regular basis. Dust and sweep daily.  Small rugs or carpet squares just inside the door an also help to remove extra dirt from shoes.

- Strong light, particularly sunlight can cause a chemical reaction in wood causing it to change colour.  Move rugs occasionally and use curtains or blinds to protect the floor from direct sunlight.

- High heel shoes, especially warn ones, will dent any hard floor surface, even concrete! Encourage your visitors to take off their heels on arrival.

- Furniture's weight is not such an issue, the damage arises when the furniture is moved across the floorboards.  Fit protective pads to the legs of tables and chairs so that they can be moved easily without the risk of scuffing the floor. 

Visit our website to view the felt protectors we would advise to protect your wooden floor.  



how to protect my wood floorHowever, as this ladies dining chairs had a very unique and large base another solution was proposed by Pierre:

"My first thought is they should cut a carpet to the size of the whole base of the chair and glue it on the rim all around, I have seen this on a clients chair in the past and seemed successful."







Art of Clean is a specialist cleaning firm in: 


Wood Floor Sanding,
Stone floor Cleaning,
Carpet Cleaning,
Rug Cleaning,
Upholstery Cleaning 
Leather Furniture Cleaning, 
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Working for domestic or commercial clients throughout Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.

For more information on our services contact our friendly team on 01223 863632 or email us at info@artofclean.co.uk