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Flooring Maintenance 101: Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Floors Looking Brand New


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Floor Maintenance

A well-maintained floor not only enhances the aesthetics of your home but also ensures its longevity. Whether you have hardwood, laminate, vinyl, tile, or carpet flooring, proper maintenance is crucial to keep it looking pristine and brand new. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide tips and tricks to help you maintain different types of flooring. From cleaning methods to preventive maintenance and addressing common issues like scratches, stains, and discoloration, this blog post will equip you with the knowledge to keep your floors in excellent condition.




Hardwood Flooring: Hardwood floors add warmth and elegance to any space, but they require regular care to maintain their beauty. Here are some maintenance tips:

Sweep or vacuum your hardwood floors regularly (Daily) to remove dirt and debris that can cause scratches.

  • Use Felt pads on all furniture to prevent scratches. Check and change often as they do wear out overtime.

  • Use a pH-neutral wood floor cleaner to mop the floors, ensuring that you wring out the mop well to prevent excess moisture. Bona Professional Hardwood cleaner with micro-fiber mop are a industry favorite.

  • Place non-marking hardwood safe mats at entrances to trap dirt and prevent it from being tracked onto the floors.

  • Keep humidity at a consistent level year round. If the humidity is fluctuating it can cause many problems and may not be reversible.

  • Avoid wearing high heels or shoes with spikes on hardwood floors to prevent indentations.

  • Protect the floors from direct sunlight by using window coverings or applying UV-resistant coatings.

Laminate and Vinyl Flooring: Laminate and vinyl flooring offer durability and easy maintenance. Follow these tips to keep them looking their best:

  • Sweep or vacuum the floors regularly to remove dirt and dust.

  • Clean the floors with a damp mop using a mild, non-abrasive cleaner specifically designed for laminate or vinyl.

  • Use Felt pads on all furniture to prevent scratches. Check and change often as they do wear out overtime.

  • Avoid using excessive water or steam, as it can leave water spots and seep into the seams and cause damage.

  • Keep humidity and temperature at a consistent level year round. If the humidity is fluctuating it can cause many problems and may not be reversible.

  • Avoid wax or polishes

  • Immediately clean up spills to prevent staining.

Tile Flooring: Tile flooring is known for its durability and versatility. Here's how to maintain it effectively:

  • Sweep or vacuum the floors regularly to remove loose dirt and debris.

  • Clean the tiles using a pH-neutral tile cleaner and a soft mop or sponge.

  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh scrubbing tools that can damage the grout or tiles.

  • Regularly inspect the grout lines for cracks or signs of deterioration, and repair as needed.

  • Apply a sealer to the grout lines periodically to prevent staining and moisture penetration.

Carpet Flooring: Carpet flooring provides comfort and warmth, but it requires regular care to keep it looking fresh and clean:

  • Vacuum the carpet at least once a week, and more frequently in high-traffic areas.

  • Know your carpets fiber type as this can change what you would use to remove stains.

  • Treat stains immediately using appropriate carpet stain removers or homemade solutions.

  • Get professional carpet cleaning every 12 to 18 months to remove deep-seated dirt and maintain the carpet's appearance. Look for a reputable company that uses a "Hot water Extraction" system.

  • Use carpet protectors under heavy furniture to distribute weight evenly and prevent indentations.

  • Rotate area rugs periodically to minimize wear and tear on specific areas.

By following these maintenance tips and tricks, you can ensure the longevity and pristine appearance of your flooring. Regular cleaning, preventive measures, and addressing common issues like scratches, stains, and discoloration will help you maintain your floors in excellent condition. Remember, each type of flooring has its specific maintenance requirements, so it's essential to understand and implement the appropriate care methods. As a knowledgeable resource, our flooring store is here to assist you further and provide the necessary products and expertise to keep your floors looking brand new for years to come.

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