This past weekend marked the unofficial END of summer – boooo!! However, here on the Jersey Shore, we have one last opportunity to enjoy the beach during what we call “Local Summer” (that is, once all the tourists go away LOL!) So pick a sweet spot in the sand and grab your umbrella drink…. you’re about to learn some awesome tips for making your life a lot easier when you get home from your last hoorah at the shore!
Ahhh…the sun, the waves! Sure you’re relaxing now…but you know your patience will come a little undone as you schlep home trailing half the beach with you in your bags, towels and bikini bottoms! IT will be in the car, the garage, in the bottom of the washing machine, all over the hard floors and deep in the carpet. That’s right… SAAAAAAAND!
Ugh, now it’s time to make dinner. The kids are starving. You hastily shove everyone’s gritty gear in their respective places while the kids get washed and the BBQ heats up. As the Mr. flips some burgers you resolve to ditch the dusting of Sea Bright beach that’s invaded your bare dining room floor. You reach for your trusty Swiffer and get sweeping. 1-2-3 quick swipes…looking good…4-5… scccrrraaaappe…. kkkkkkk… AAAGGHH! What’s happening?!
That, my friend, was the telltale sound of a saturated Swiffer. In other words, the cleaning cloth filled up with all that grit to the point where it’s now acting like sandpaper – NOT good for your floors! Furthermore, much of the sand will slip down into the cracks and crevices of the boards and the grout lines of tile.
Brooms and Swiffers have their place in the world, but it is NOT in-place of your vacuum cleaner. Simply put there is no better, safer, more effective way to remove fine dust, hair, crumbs and grit/dirt particles from your bare floors than vacuuming! Just make sure it’s the right kind of vacuum. Some are designed to clean only carpets and rugs or have attachments that most be switched around to work correctly.
Sand may indeed be beautiful and feel great between your toes, but have you ever asked your FLOORS how they feel? To your poor carpets and wood floors, sand is the enemy! We just learned how it can wreak havoc and dull wooden surfaces if not removed carefully. But did you also know that sand is destructive to your carpets and rugs?
Sand is dense and quickly works its way into the deep recesses of carpeting. Ever notice how sometimes it goes through the back side of an area rug and starts digging into the flooring below? Sand is also microscopically sharp! The embedded particles slowly cut into the base of the rug’s delicate fibers as we walk over the top. This breaks the fibers apart destroying the rug form the bottom up! The most effective way to remove this dangerous grit is by slowly and thorough vacuuming with a high-quality machine. However, the vacuum must be equipped with a spinning brushroller/ “agitator”/ “beater bar” to move the carpet strands apart and deliver suction deep down where the sand is hiding. Straight suction (like you’d use on bare floors) just will not cut it on carpets.
Sand is beautiful, but belongs at the beach! So be armed with a great vacuum that can eradicate sand (and other offending particles) from your house in order maintain the original beauty of your floors, rugs and furnishings. There is beauty in cleanliness… it’s next to Godliness, some say! So, for heaven’s sake, can we take time to stop and smell the rose-scented countertop spray? Take not for granted the glisten of exquisitely polished granite, stainless steel and freshly-scrubbed grout. Consider how much heck you’re putting your poor floors through and stop treating your living room rugs like a doormat! Keeping your home clean and healthy is work, no doubt. But we all know that the right tools get each job done more quickly, easily and thoroughly! And that’s what WE’RE here for!! Enjoy the last bit of your summer and we’ll be seeing you soon….