how-to-maintain-flooring

Home renovation is one of the best times; the excitement of planning, the struggle of choosing the right material. And then finally the relief of seeing what we’ve accomplished. Those who have tried their hands at home design will understand what all the fuss is about. Although quite tedious, the work sure has it high points.

And once you’ve completed all the work, you can relax, knowing that you’ve accomplished your goal. Well, you might not be quite finished yet. Why not, you ask? You worked so hard to get the perfect home but you can’t just leave it like that, especially the floors.

Depending on the flooring material you’ve used, they’ll require timely maintenance and there’s no better time to do it than now. So just to get you started on your new home design, here are a few common types of flooring options and some tips for their maintenance.

Hardwood Flooring

Many people go for hardwood floors because they are sturdy, durable and provide elegance to your house. Fortunately, hardwood comes in numerous varieties and can be used almost everywhere in the house.

It’s also true that hardwood requires regular maintenance or you might end up having to replace the whole thing during a renovation. Here are a few dos and don’ts of maintaining hardwood.

how-to-maintain-flooring

Dos

  • DO Use cotton cloth to wipe away dust
  • DO Use a dry cloth or cotton mop to dust
  • DO Use hardwood flooring cleaner for light stains
  • DO Use humidifier during winters to minimize gaps
  • DO Place stick-on felt floor protectors under furniture and chair legs
  • DO Place rugs or mats at entrances to keep off dirt getting on the floor
  • DO Use a vacuum cleaner; all attachments except for rotary brush heads

Don’ts

  • DON’T Use too much floor wax
  • DON’T Leave spills on the floor for long
  • DON’T Use wet mop to clean the surface
  • DON’T Use tile or vinyl cleaning products
  • DON’T Wear high heels or sports cleats in the house
  • DON’T Slide furniture over the floor. Lift it up instead
  • DON’T Use a steam mop without consulting the flooring installer

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl sheet flooring was invented in the early 1930s but didn’t gain much popularity until after World War II. Its resilient nature and low cost made it a great flooring option. Since it doesn’t require much maintenance, it is the preferred choice of flooring for kitchens and bathrooms. Just a quick sweep, a damp mop and the deed is done. A high-quality home design deserves immaculate flooring.

It provides great underfoot comfort, ranking above hard surfaces like hardwood and concrete. Some vinyl sheets come with padding that keeps the floor warm in winters and makes it softer to walk on. If properly maintained and regularly cleaned, vinyl sheet flooring can last up to 10-20 years. The biggest advantage? If a vinyl tile gets damaged during renovation, they can be replaced, individually. No extra cost of repairs. The guidelines also work for laminate flooring.

how-to-maintain-flooring

Dos

  • DO Use a neutral floor cleaner occasionally
  • Do clean up stains quickly to avoid staining
  • DO Use a dry mop, sweep or vacuum whenever needed
  • DO Place rugs or mats at entrances to keep out grit and dirt
  • DO use a plywood path to drag heavy furniture or appliances
  • DO Place stick-on felt floor protectors under furniture and chair legs

Don’ts

  • DON’T Use wax polish
  • DON’T Drench vinyl with water
  • DON’T Use abrasive detergents
  • DON’T Use objects with rolling casters
  • DON’T Use wet mop to clean the surface
  • DON’T Clean the floor with damn mop frequently
  • DON’T Use the beater bar attachment of a vacuum
  • DON’T Place hot items like ashes, heaters or coal on the floor
  • DON’T Let rubber bottoms on items rest on the floor. It can cause staining

Tile Flooring

Be it ceramic or porcelain, tile flooring provides a versatile option that can be used almost anywhere in the house. Not every home design is perfect for this flooring option since some of its characteristics make it unsuitable for certain locations.

One thing about ceramic tiles that need to be praised is its durability. They are extremely tough, difficult to crack and can last for 10-20 years. They have a plethora of designs that make them a must have resource for every home renovation.

  • DO Remove dust before cleaning the tiles
  • DO Use felt protection under your furniture and chairs
  • DO Rinse the whole area after you use a cleaning agent
  • DO Use mild detergent with hot water for mild cleaning
  • DO Test the cleaners on a part of the floor before using it
  • DO Sweep the floor daily and mop it at least twice a week
  • DO Use only non-abrasive cleaning formulas or compounds
  • DO Use door mats at exits and entrances, and floor runner rugs for high traffic areas

Don’ts

  • DON’T Let spills sit for long
  • DON’T Use wax or oil based cleaners
  • DON’T Flood the floor with too much water
  • DON’T Use worn out vacuum cleaner attachments
  • DON’T Neglect sealing the tiles after every professional cleaning
  • DON’T Use colored cleaning agents on natural stone or unglazed tile
  • DON’T Wait for the floor to get grimy. Avoid neglecting the maintenance
  • DON’T Combine household bleaches and ammonia for cleaning purposes
  • DON’T Drag heavy objects on tiles. Instead move them carefully on a dolly
  • DON’T Use strong acids or abrasive scrubbing material like steel wool pads to clean the tiles

By following the given guidelines, you can ensure that your flooring lasts for a long time, saving you money and trouble. Using the right products will give you a more thorough clean and flooring that don’t give up on you. So the next time you start a renovation project and feel like replacing that worn hardwood, give it a good cleaning and sanding, and enjoy the brand new look. Your home design deserves the best flooring options you can get. So let’s get started.

References

http://woodfloors.org/maintenance.aspx

https://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring/tile/guides/tile-care-maintenance

http://www.leaffilter.com/blog/how-to-repairs/diy-crafts-projects/dos-and-donts-vinyl-flooring/