You came in and out the doors a hundred times with packing boxes, and every time you stepped into your new place, each little detail of it stood out to you. The paint, the natural light, the sound of your voice in the new rooms, the wall-to-wall carpeting, the tile flooring in the kitchen and bath. Because it was unfamiliar, you were really seeing your surroundings with fresh eyes. It takes a few weeks, or even months, to become comfortable in a new space, and then, sometimes we get a little too comfortable. We stop noticing that upholstered furniture looks saggy and dingy, that carpets have spots or that our tile floors just aren’t as bright as they were on moving day. Most of us appreciate a lived-in look, but when that changes to an overlooked appearance, we stop feeling as proud of our house when we’re walking around it and may be less inclined to offer hospitality.
Take a minute to put your house to the test right now. The key areas to examine are walls, windows and floor surfaces. Walls and windows are easy to dust and clean, but if you’re only armed with a store-bought mop in tackling kitchen, bath or laundry room floors, soil will build up no matter how frequently you clean. Step over to the least-used area of your tiled floor and look at the grout rather than at the individual tiles. Now, compare that with the grout in the area where you walk most frequently. Do you see darker grout in the high traffic zone? This is exactly what your mop is failing to address. Only professional tile and grout cleaning will restore the bright cleanliness of your tiled floors.