Once you have your new flooring installed, you want them to last.
Be it carpet, vinyl, ceramic, or hardwood, correctly caring for your floors and keeping them clean will not only make them look good but will allow you to enjoy them for years to come.
Follow these tips from HomeTown Floors to extend the life of your floors:
Choose The Right Cleaner
One of the best ways to extend the life of your flooring is to choose the right cleaner for your specific floor material. For example, if you need to remove a spot from your carpet it is recommended to use a product approved by The Carpet and Rug Institute of America. If you have hardwood, ceramic, or other flooring, gently clean with an approved cleaner (avoid acidic solutions like vinegar that can wear away finishes).
Avoid abrasive scrubbers that can damage your flooring. Even when vacuuming, there are times when you need to turn off the rotating brush to avoid scratches to your floors.
Immediately Clean Up Messes
Accidents happen. When they do, it is essential that you take steps to remedy them as soon as they happen. Immediately clean up any spills on your floors, especially on hardwood floors and carpeting, to avoid staining and other damage.
Avoid Excess Sun Exposure
We all love a home filled with natural light. But be sure to invest in high-quality window treatments that will block UV light. Overexposure to light will fade your floors, stealing away its color and luster.
So be sure to close your shades on the hottest, sunniest part of the day to avoid sun exposure. In addition, you’ll be saving on energy bills!
Add Rugs To High Traffic Areas
Putting rugs in your home, especially in high traffic areas, will help the longevity of your flooring. Rugs and mats by entryways are essential in keeping dirt from shoes contained and reduce wear and tear to you floors. Not to mention, rugs are an excellent way to decorate.
If you have carpets in your home, make sure that you have the right carpet padding.
Deep Clean At Least Once A Year
Like your teeth or your ducts, deep clean your floors at least once a year—preferably twice a year or as recommended by your manufacturer. This will remove deep-seated dirt and grime from your floors that regular cleaning cannot.