Water Damage Prevention Tips

Water Damage Prevention Tips

Some cases of water damage aren’t avoidable. But by following these tips, you’ll decrease the likelihood of water damage happening to you:

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher: Check for leaks under the sink where the hose connects to the water supply. Look around the base of the dishwasher for evidence of leaks, such as discolored, warped, or soft flooring materials.
  • Refrigerator Ice Maker: Make sure the hose connection is securely attached to the water supply line. Remember that a wet spot on the floor may be a sign of a crimped icemaker that is about to burst.
  • Sink: Replace old caulking around sinks. Water can leak through damaged sealants, causing stains or soft areas around nearby walls and floors. Also, check the pipes under the sink for leaks.

Bathrooms

  • Showers and Bathtubs: Replace old caulk and grout.
  • Sinks: Check under the sink for leaks from water supply lines or pipes.
  • Toilets: Clogs can result from too much toilet paper or objects such as hanging bowl deodorants. Also, some chlorine tablet cleaners may corrode internal plastic or rubber parts, leading to a leak.

Laundry or Utility Room

  • Washing Machine: Check hoses for bulging, cracking, fraying and leaks around the hose ends. Replace hoses every 3-5 years or sooner if a problem is found.
  • Water Heater: Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a leak. Most water heaters last 8-15 years.

Roof

  • Keep the roof free from leaves, twigs and other litter to allow for proper drainage.
  • Replace missing, curling, cupping, broken, or cracked shingles.
  • Watch for damage in valley areas of the roof, and around the flashing at chimneys, vents, and other junctions.

Gutters

  • Clean debris from your gutters, and inspect them regularly.

Finally, make sure everyone in your home knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. 

If you or someone you know does become the unfortunate victim of water damage, we can help. We’re certified by the IICRC, insured, work with insurance providers, and have been doing water damage restoration for over 15 years.

5 Keys to Wood Floor Care

5 KEYS TO WOOD FLOOR CARE
  1. Dirt and dust particles can damage the floor when walked on.  Use rugs or mats in heavy traffic areas and doorways. This will reduce the amount of soil in your home.
  2. Place felt pads under furniture to prevent scratches.
  3. Clean your wood floor daily with a microfiber mop and a wood-specific cleaner (we recommend Basic Coatings Squeaky cleaner).
  4. A professional cleaning should be done every 1-3 years to remove tough dirt and surface contaminants.
  5. Professional re-coating is necessary when you notice wear to the finish of your floor. Be sure to do this before the floor is worn down to the bare wood to prevent costly restoration.

If you’d like to schedule a free in-home consultation, feel free to give us a call at 949-496-6079.

Back to Basics

This is a great time of the year to set goals that will keep you on track for achieving success. Your carpet, rugs, and hard surfaces are no exception – with proper maintenance you can greatly increase the life of these investments. In this issue we want to remind you of some practical steps that you can take to keep your carpet looking great.

1. Vacuum Filtration Soil

Have you ever seen dark lines around the perimeter of a person’s home? That’s called filtration soil, and it can become a permanent stain if you’re not careful. When dirt and dust particles hit the walls in your home, they fall down and have nowhere to go. Using your vacuum’s crevice tool, you can vacuum these areas and remove the soil before it causes a stain. Also, you may want to take a clean, damp rag and scrub the perimeter of your carpet. To learn more about filtration soil, please click here.

2. Check the Bags, Belts, and Height Adjustment on your Vacuum

We recommend that you replace your belt at least once a year. Using a vacuum with a worn out belt or old bag can diminish the suction capability of your vacuum and cause premature wear to your facial yarns. 

3. Double Vacuum

Twice a year it’s a good idea to spend a few extra minutes to give your carpet a double vacuum. This extra-thorough vacuuming will collect the items that your normal vacuuming may leave behind.

As always, if there’s anything we can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our number is 949-496-6079.

Happy Holidays From Beacon Carpet Cleaning and Marblelife

Happy Holidays From Our Family To Yours!

We hope this holiday season is a special time of rest, reflection, and fun for you and your family. We want to thank you for your continued support, which has allowed us to celebrate our 27th year of serving Orange County! We know that wouldn’t be possible without you … we consider it the ultimate compliment when you share us with your friends, family, and co-workers.

WE’VE RECENTLY MOVED. We’re excited to announce that we recently moved to a new office that’s about 50% larger so that we can take our rug cleaning facility to the next level. Our new office address is 27324 Camino Capistrano #173, Laguna Niguel. Our phone numbers are still the same: 949-496-6079 (Beacon Carpet Cleaning) & 949-582-3277 (Marblelife of Orange County).
Please mention this letter for 10% off any service we offer (expires 01/15/16). Here’s wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
To schedule just call us at 949-496-6079.

Water Damage Prevention Tips

With several people talking about the chances that we’ll experience another El Nino this year, we wanted to give you a few tips to help prevent water damage at your home. Investing a small amount of time now can significantly reduce the chances of having water damage in your home.

Some cases of water damage aren’t avoidable. But by following these tips, you’ll decrease the likelihood of water damage happening to you:

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher: Check for leaks under the sink where the hose connects to the water supply. Look around the base of the dishwasher for evidence of leaks, such as discolored, warped, or soft flooring materials.
  • Refrigerator Ice Maker: Make sure the hose connection is securely attached to the water supply line. Remember that a wet spot on the floor may be a sign of a crimped icemaker that is about to burst.
  • Sink: Replace old caulking around sinks. Water can leak through damaged sealants, causing stains or soft areas around nearby walls and floors. Also, check the pipes under the sink for leaks.

Bathrooms

  • Showers and Bathtubs: Replace old caulk and grout.
  • Sinks: Check under the sink for leaks from water supply lines or pipes.
  • Toilets: Clogs can result from too much toilet paper or objects such as hanging bowl deodorants. Also, some chlorine tablet cleaners may corrode internal plastic or rubber parts, leading to a leak.

Laundry or Utility Room

  • Washing Machine: Check hoses for bulging, cracking, fraying and leaks around the hose ends. Replace hoses every 3-5 years or sooner if a problem is found.
  • Water Heater: Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a leak. Most water heaters last 8-15 years.

Roof

  • Keep the roof free from leaves, twigs and other litter to allow for proper drainage.
  • Replace missing, curling, cupping, broken, or cracked shingles.
  • Watch for damage in valley areas of the roof, and around the flashing at chimneys, vents, and other junctions.

Gutters

  • Clean debris from your gutters, and inspect them regularly.

Finally, make sure everyone in your home knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.

If you or someone you know does become the unfortunate victim of water damage, we can help. We’re certified by the IICRC, insured, work with insurance providers, and have been doing water damage restoration for over 15 years. Feel free to give us a call at 949-496-6079 as soon as you notice the damage and have turned off the water.  

Choosing Your Next Oriental, Specialty, or Area Rug

Choosing the right area rug for your home can be difficult. Some of the things you should consider are the colors you want to bring into a room, the long-term investment of the rug you purchase, the type of fiber you want, the height of the rug, and the size you need.

In this post, we want to cover a few basics you should know about rugs. Once you understand how to identify what makes an area valuable, you’ll have a greater chance at purchasing a rug that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Rug Fiber

Wool:  Rug fibers usually consist of wool in most mid to high end rugs. Many people prefer wool rugs because it feels softer than synthetic fibers and can be very durable if it is properly cared for.

Silk: Some high end rugs also have silk. Silk gives the rug a luxurious sheen. A good question to ask if whether the rug is made of real silk or rayon (artificial silk). Regardless, expect that the sheen will be lessened with normal wear and cleaning.

Synthetic: More economical rugs sometimes contain fibers such as acrylic, polyester, nylon, and olefin (polypropylene). However, some high-end designer rugs also use synthetic fibers. The benefit is that these fibers can be cleaned with more heat, pressure, and at a higher pH level than a natural fiber. However, the value of a synthetic fiber rug is usually not as high as a natural fiber rug.

Other Natural Fibers: Cotton, sea grass, and sisal rugs are often moderate rugs. Sisal and sea grass are very popular with people that want to create a beach-themed space. These rugs usually have a cotton border. The dyes are often not colorfast and have to be cleaned with a dry method, which we can help you with.

The quality of a wool fiber depends largely on the type of dye used. Fine wool is vegetable dyed with fruits, roots, and plants. Cheaper wools and nylons can be dyed with synthetic dyes. A rug should always be tested for colorfastness by taking a damp white cloth and gently rubbing it into the fiber. If any color transfers on the cloth, the dyes are unstable. Also look closely at the fiber to check the integrity. Make sure it isn’t unraveling. Very fine wool fibers can often look as soft as silk even to an experienced rug professional.

Rug Construction

The most valuable rugs are handmade. These rugs are a true work of art – each knot is made by hand and the process is the result of centuries of tradition. To determine if the rug is handmade, turn it upside down and look at the back. If you cannot see the pattern that is on the face, the rug is not handmade. If the rug passes this first test, look at the fringe. The fringe should be an extension of the yarn inside the rug and should not look like it was sewed on separately. Finally, examine the rug for parallel (usually white) lines running the length of the back. This is an indication that the rug is machine-made. Many rugs that claim to be hand stitched are stitched by hand with a machine. You can expect to pay at least $500 for a small 3×4 hand made rug.

Beware of rugs with cloth backings. These rugs often have something to hide. The cloth could be covering flaws in a handmade rug or even worse, glue that is holding the backing together. Glued backings have a tendency to get torn when the rug is moved or cleaned, and can have a distinct odor that is impossible to remove.

Should I Seal My Tile and Stone?

We get asked all the time whether you need to seal your tile and grout or natural stone. Also, people wonder how often it should be done, or how they can tell whether their floor is ready to be sealed. We’ll answer those questions and give you some tips to keep your tile or stone looking as good as it possibly can!

Many people in Orange County choose to add stone or manufactured tile to their home because of its beauty and durability. In the case of natural stone, it has the potential to last for several generations. However, just like any surface, it has to be maintained properly in order to keep it looking its best and avoid costly restoration.

Sealing your natural stone will help protect it against things that etch, scratch, or otherwise damage it. Some stone, such as limestone, marble and travertine, are very soft and porous, making it more vulnerable to these contaminants. Acidic foods and drinks, as well as many other household items, can damage these surfaces. Also, the active Orange County lifestyle can create unique challenges for your flooring. Sand, dirt, and dust that isn’t removed can easily scratch or etch natural stone or damage other surfaces.

Ceramic or porcelain tile is very resilient. However, the grout between the tiles is extremely porous, and sealing it will help protect against permanent stains.

So how often should you seal your stone or tile and grout? The answer is it depends on your situation. We recommend that you seal your hard surfaces after they’re installed, and after each professional cleaning, which is generally every 1-3 years depending on the type of surface and the amount of traffic.

Some stone is naturally more porous than others. For example, granite is generally less porous than marble. There’s a simple way to tell whether your stone or tile and grout needs to be sealed. Simply place a few drops of water on the surface, and watch to see whether or not the water is absorbed into the stone or grout. If the surface easily absorbs the water, it should be sealed. If it beads up and is not absorbed, you’re probably OK – just make sure to wipe up that excess water!

5 Keys to Wood Floor Care in Orange County

Wood floors are very popular in Orange County right now because of their natural beauty and durability. They can last for decades if they’re cared for correctly, but a lot of people don’t know the correct steps to take. In this blog post we’ll help you keep your wood floors looking their best and also give you some tips to prevent costly restoration.

5 Keys to Wood Floor Care

1. Use rugs or mats in heavy traffic areas and doorways. Dirt, sand, and dust particles can damage the floor when walked on. We have a lot of these in Orange County – using mats or rugs will reduce the amount of soil in your home.

2. Place felt pads under furniture to prevent scratches.

3. Clean daily with a microfiber mop and a wood-specific cleaner (we recommend Basic Coatings Squeaky cleaner).

4. A professional cleaning should be done every 1-3 years to remove tough dirt and surface contaminants.

5. Professional re-coating is necessary when you notice wear to the finish of your floor. Be sure to do this before the floor is worn down to the bear wood to prevent costly restoration.

If you’d like to schedule a free in-home consultation, feel free to give us a call at 949-496-6079.

Tips for Upholstery Cleaning in Orange County CA

Spring is upon us … we hope that you’re doing well! We want to give you some tips on one of the more overlooked areas in your home – upholstery cleaning. We hope that you find these tips helpful, and always feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.

How to Properly Care for Your Upholstery

Rotate all loose cushions frequently to assure even wear. Vacuum dust & dirt from all fabric, cracks & crevasses. By far, Fabric Protection is the best possible way to extend the life of your upholstery. Read the short section on how fabric protection works to find out why.

  • Vacuum often to reduce grit that can cause abrasion.
  • Reverse loose cushions weekly for even wear.
  • Protect from the sun. Ultraviolet light can cause deterioration.
  • Keep Pets off of furniture. Pet’s body oils rub off and are very difficult to remove.
  • Use caution with clothing such as Blue Jeans. Fabric dyes can transfer onto upholstered furniture.

All upholstered furniture will become soiled through use. Most spills & soil on fabric protection treated upholstery will clean easily and quickly provided that the proper cleaning procedures are followed. A fabric protection application is not an absolute, impenetrable barrier and improper cleaning methods can damage both the fabric and the treatment.

  1. Blot (don’t rub) spills immediately with a clean absorbent cloth while spill is still fresh. Dried spills are more difficult to remove.
  2. Identify the cleaning code for your type of fabric. This is very important to determine the type of cleaner to use.
  3. Always read & follow the instructions on the cleaning agent.
  4. Use distilled water with the cleaning agent if water is called for (W & WS Codes Only)
  5. Pretest any cleaner on any fabric in a hidden area. Check for Color fastness and fabric compatibility.
  6. Keep a small spill small. Work lightly, blotting from center to the edges. “Feather” the edges by dampening edges irregularly and blotting quickly to avoid rings.
  7. Quickly dry a cleaned spot using a small fan or blow dryer on low.

Cleaning Codes

W: Spot Clean with water based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. Pretest for color loss and fabric compatibility. Do not overwet. Use a professional cleaning service for overall soiling.

S: Spot clean with a water-free cleaning solvent. Pretest for color loss and fabric compatibility. Do Not Use Water! Use a professional cleaning service for overall soiling.

WS: Spot clean with upholstery shampoo, foam from a mild detergent, or a mild dry cleaning solvent. Pretest for color loss and fabric compatibility. Do not overwet. Use a professional cleaning service for overall soiling.

X: Clean only by vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic brush. Do Not Use Water or Dry Cleaning Solvents. Consult a professional upholstery cleaner.

Travertine Cleaning in Orange County, CA

Because of its natural beauty and distinct look, travertine is a favorite among Orange County homeowners and designers who use it on floors, showers, fireplaces, patios, driveways, and countertops. Travertine is a soft stone – measuring 2.5 – 3.5 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale that has a range of 1 – 10. This simply means that travertine requires consistent maintenance with the right products and procedures. In this article we want to share ten of our most helpful travertine tips and tools to help you keep your travertine looking its best.

TOP TEN TRAVERTINE TIPS & TOOLS FOR ORANGE COUNTY

1. Starting Strong: Travertine quality varies widely based on natural density, amount and depth of fill areas, whether it is filled on both sides, and the number of blemishes from the fabrication process.

2. Vacuum Regularly: Common dirt and debris that we all track into our homes is often 6 – 7 on the Moh’s scale. That’s twice as hard as your travertine, so it’ll easily scratch or etch your stone.

3. Mind the Mop: Only use a swiffer style microfiber mop with limited product, and be sure to rotate the cloths frequently. Wet mopping is one of the largest causes of damage to travertine because of excessive moisture and cross-contamination.

4. Correct Cleaner: Always use a mild, stone-specific cleaner such as Marblelife’s Intercare. Other chemicals can easily etch your travertine.

5. Avoid the Acid: Items like orange juice, wine, some cosmetics, and most tile cleaners will etch travertine immediately, even if it’s sealed properly. If they do happen to spill, blot it promptly to avoid damaging the surrounding area. Then, neutralize and clean the area with Marblelife’s Intercare.

6. Doormats: Use and regularly clean doormats at entrances to protect your travertine from outdoor elements that can etch or dull your stone.

7. Countertop Care: Use coasters under glasses and non-metal trivets or placemats under hot plates to prevent burn marks and discoloration.

8. Felt Pads: Using felt under furniture legs and other metal can prevent scratching and rust.

9. Handle the Holes: Holes will naturally appear in travertine due to the softness of the stone. There are 3 options to address them: grout, traverfill, or custom polyester epoxy.

10. Professional Protection: Travertine should be professionally cleaned and sealed every 1-3 years depending upon traffic. Properly maintaining your stone is significantly less expensive than costly restoration due to deferred maintenance.