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The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.

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Keeping Your Marble Floors Clean during the Holidays

by Kent George

During the holiday season, it seems like there is a lot more traffic going through the home. Family, friends, and even strangers tend to visit, which is great, but which can also bring some problems. One of those problems is that increased traffic means more people are walking on your marble floors. In addition, because it is winter, they will bring in water, dirt, and other unpleasant things that can harm your marble floors. Below are some tips to keep your marble clean and free from damage during the holiday season or any time when there may be increased traffic.

  1. Mats, Rugs, and Runners. Most people have floor mats where people can wipe their feet. However, these usually do a poor job at getting all the water, dirt, and grit off of shoes. During the holidays, you may want to consider additional rugs or holiday floor runners in areas where there tends to be a lot of traffic, especially in areas where people are entering the home. These can be decorative but also save your precious marble floors. You may also want to suggest that people remove their shoes to prevent the water and debris from entering the marble pores.
  2. Clean up Spills Immediately. Another important thing to do is to clean up spills on the marble tiles immediately. During the holidays there are many spills. Acidic drinks like wine, juice, tomato sauce, coffee, and others will quickly etch the marble surface. Marble is more porous than many other types of flooring. By using a clean rag and blotting up the spill immediately, you will prevent it from etching the marble and also ensure that you do not push it further into the pores and cause greater stains.
  3. Sealing the Marble. It may be prudent to seal the tile right before you expect more traffic during the holidays. This will add an extra layer of protection that will help with more spills, water, and scratches.
  4. Professionally Cleaned. After the holiday traffic dies down, it would be a good idea to have the marble floors professionally cleaned. Any etching from spills or scratches from dirty shoes can be polished out. The dirt and grime can be removed and your floors can look as good as they did before the holiday traffic. Contact a service like All American Stone & Tile Care Inc. to set up an appointment for cleaning.

These are just a few of the ways to keep your marble floors looking clean and great no matter what happens during the holidays.  

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