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Spring has sprung! The birds are chirping, the grass is turning greener, and maybe a few tulips are popping up their heads in your backyard. And spring also brings with it the opportunity to get a fresh start by throwing open all the windows and getting a start on spring cleaning. Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair, our goal is to help our Nashville clients get the most out of their home. And while spring cleaning might not be the most exciting thing on your to-do list this April, we wanted to give you a few tips and tricks to make the process go a bit more smoothly!

The key to flat, even flooring is a solid foundation. As you move through these spring cleaning tips, be sure to look out for any bowing in your floors. When you go down into the basement, you should also check for leaks, bowed walls, and any cracks in your floor supports. In a previous blog we shared 8 Signs It’s Time for Foundation Repair, and if you notice any of these while you’re deep cleaning your home, be sure to call us for a free quote. After all, your foundation is what your sparkling, freshly cleaned floors rest on! Keep reading to learn more about spring cleaning your floors, and if you’re in need of foundation repair, contact our Nashville foundation repair company for a consultation.

Tile Flooring

Ceramic and porcelain tile add a beautiful, unique look to any room, though they are often used in bathrooms and mudrooms. These rooms get extra wear and tear, so it’s really important to keep up with maintenance as well as give them a deep clean when the seasons change. Tile is durable and easy to clean, and as you begin your spring cleaning, keep these tips in mind:

  • Clean with a damp mop and don’t leave any standing water, which can lead to mildew growth
  • Don’t use soap, which can buildup on the surface of the tile and dull the appearance
  • Avoid using steam mops, as the heat can sometimes cause damage to tile flooring
  • When in doubt, check your manufacturer’s guidelines

If you see cracks in your tile floors, they’re a sign of potential foundation issues and you may be in need of foundation repair. It’s possible that the freezing and thawing of the soil over winter has caused your foundation to shift, move, or even be pushed upward, causing the tile to crack. These cracks may also be caused by simple wear and tear, but if you suspect a foundation issue, contact A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair for a free consultation. We’ll inspect your foundation and let you know for certain if you need foundation repair.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors can be cleaned by sweeping or vacuuming, general tasks that should be completed regularly for floor maintenance. For a deep spring clean, it might be tempting to fill up the mop bucket or get down on your hands and knees with a wet rag, but before you do so, you should make sure that your hardwood floor has been sealed. Some older hardwood floors may not have a sealant to protect them from water, and any moisture can be absorbed into the wood, causing damage.

Spring is a great time to go beyond just sweeping and dusting your floor. You may notice that your floor has become dingy, and you can brighten up the finish by deep cleaning it with a pH-neutral, wax-free, and petroleum-free cleaner. Or you can create your own cleaning solution by mixing a quarter-cup of dish soap in a gallon of water. Go over sections of the floor twice, once with the soapy mixture and once with just water, to make sure that the cleaner doesn’t linger behind and dull the finish.

While you’re giving your floors extra attention, be sure to check for any bowing or cracking, as they could be signs that you need foundation repair.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring might just be the lowest-maintenance flooring out there! Many Nashville homeowners are switching to wood laminate flooring, which allows them to take advantage of the beauty of natural wood without the maintenance. However, that doesn’t mean that laminate flooring doesn’t need regular maintenance and couldn’t benefit from a great spring cleaning! When cleaning laminate flooring — and checking to make sure it’s level and you don’t need foundation repair — keep these simple cleaning tips in mind:

  • Use only soap-free cleansers
  • Remove loose dust with a dust mop or a gentle vacuum
  • You shouldn’t use water on your flooring, because it could cause the planks to buckle or separate
  • Clean up any spills right away
  • Don’t use steam mops, which can cause damage to laminate flooring
  • When in doubt, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions

Be sure to get to all those hard-to-reach spaces, like behind the bookcase or under the couch. Dust can easily collect in corners and can lower your indoor air quality and irritate asthma or spring allergies. And again, if you notice any cracks in your flooring, they may be signs that you have foundation issues. We suggest taking a break in the spring cleaning and going down into your basement and checking for leaks, cracks, bowing walls, or any other signs you may need foundation repair.

Carpet

While carpet is cozy and warm in the winter, all that time spent inside may have caused some build-up. Spring is a great time to freshen up any carpet or rugs in your house. Since you’re spring cleaning, you’ll probably want to go beyond just a quick vacuuming. Spring is a great time to plan for professional carpet cleaning or to rent a carpet cleaner yourself. Try out a steam cleaner and you’ll be shocked at how much dirt was hiding in your carpets!

Before you go for a deep clean, though, be sure to check the durability of the carpet or rug that you’re cleaning. Depending on the carpet in your home, it may be best to simply vacuum, or combine vacuuming with a sprinkling of baking powder rather than treating it with water or steam.

Schedule Foundation Repair in Nashville Today

If you ever need foundation repair, during spring or any other season, we’re the foundation contractors for your project. There’s nothing we love more than a job well done and a happy client. We utilize cutting-edge methods and materials to not only repair your foundation, but also ensure that your home will be able to stand strong for years to come.

Contact us today to get started with a free quote on foundation repair in the Nashville area. We’ll make your foundation problems go away in no time and get you back to enjoying the beautiful weather!