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Kip’s Provides You With These Easy Tips!

In between professional cleanings of your hard surfaces, you will likely have to wipe up a spill from time to time to keep these valuable surfaces in tip top shape. Mike Detwiler, our specialist in hard surface care, supplies the following tips on the best way to clean and care for the hard surfaces in your home.

Less is More: Soap Not Solvents

For the large part, warm water & mild soap are your friend. It is not always necessary or advantageous to utilize an off the shelf cleaning product for ordinary care of your hard surfaces. The products can cause build up on your hard surfaces, and if used too often, can begin to eat away at the surface and/or grout lines surrounding it. Water & soap make a cleaning agent that is very powerful and are mild to use along with affordable!

Do not use products which say they’re going to provide your surfaces with added shine. These products commonly have a wax like material that builds up over time by placing thin layers of wax on top of each other each time you make use of the item. After some time, these layers certainly will want to be totally stripped off in order to restore your surface to its natural appearance and will lead to a dark, grimy appearance to your hard surfaces.

General every day care tips for counters and floors

Sweep your floors consistently (at least once per week) to remove loose dirt.

Consistently utilize a door mat outside each entrance to your house or company from being tracked onto your floor to prevent soil, sand, grit, and other materials including oil, asphalt, and drive sealant.

Wipe down countertops with mild soap and also water frequently to prevent build-up.

Tile GroutPrevent blots or etching in your hard surfaces by wiping spills up quickly.

Mop sometimes with a cleanser that is neutral, above and beyond your frequent sweeping. Be mindful not to use more than the recommended amount of a mild cleaning solution, as it may make an unwanted dulling film in your surface.

Caring for hard surfaces that are unique

Marble, Limestone, & Other Natural Stones

The acids will eat away in the calcium within natural jewels, polished to restore and causing a dull look that typically has to be honed. You can make an effort to clean up the spill with light soap and water – the area may disappear when you wipe it off, but that’s an etch mark that would have to be eliminated and polished by a professional if it comes back when it’s dry.

Ceramic & Porcelain

These surfaces are virtually indestructible and could be cleaned with vinegar and water which may also help to whiten and brighten grout lines. We recommend hiring a professional to ensure that nothing is damaged along with the restoration is as amazing as possible, if your grout lines really need a good restoration.


The product is treated quite differently than marble since it is extremely easy to clean and is not acid sensitive. Daryl recommends using mild soap and water to clean consistently, and to have your granite sealed and professionally cleaned every 3-5 years.


Travertine should be treated just like marble in terms of just how to clean it – sweep/vacuum frequently, and mop with mild soap and water, making sure to rinse well. We strongly advocate that all travertine floors be cared for by a professional who can refill their natural holes efficiently and polish them back to exactly the same glow as the rest of the flooring. You can effectively clean travertine by wiping down with a soft substance and using a warm and mild cleanser water.

These materials are most typically used in commercial settings and may be cared for comparatively readily by mopping with warm water as well as a light, neutral cleanser. As sitting water can seep into the cracks in this flooring, make sure to dry completely after mopping and begin to lift the tiles.


Slate should be cleaned frequently by mopping with a neutral cleaner (including a light dish soap) and sponge mop.

Beyond this general care of your hard surfaces at home, it is also important to have those hard surfaces cleaned by a professional. Not only does this ensure a clean and healthy home, it also helps to maintain the value and equity of your home.

Give Kip’s a call at 785-229-9203 or book your appointment online today. We’re happy to come to your home and provide a free estimate.