Keep Your Floors Looking Good
Hardwood flooring requires little in day-to-day maintenance other than a simple dust mop with an approved cleaner. Avoid using a damp mop, as water will cause damage. Never use a vinyl or tile floor care product on hardwood flooring. When needed, a liquid wax approved for hardwood flooring may be used, but most people find this is only needed once or twice a year. Rugs and mats may be used to protect hardwood flooring from scratches in areas of high traffic.
Laminate flooring is about as close to a maintenance-free floor as you will find. Use a dry or slightly damp dust mop and dry with a clean, cotton cloth. Never wax, polish or steam clean a laminate flooring product. Vacuums may be used, but avoid those with a “beater bar,” as these may damage your laminate flooring.
Regular vacuuming is the best way to ensure long-lasting beauty in your carpet. Use the highest setting on your vacuum when appropriate to maximize the longevity of your carpet. Professional cleaning every 12 to 18 months will extend the beauty of your carpet, as well. Stains should be removed as soon as possible according to the recommendations by the carpet manufacturer. Spills and other wet areas should be covered and weighted with a cloth. Leave the area overnight so all the moisture can be absorbed. If there is a stain in the morning, an approved stain removed may be used. Avoid using bleach or other non-approved cleaner on your carpets.
Vinyl is another flooring option that is virtually maintenance-free. Sweeping and mopping are all that is generally required to keep vinyl flooring looking beautiful. Avoid using abrasive scrubbers or cleaners. Use only approved cleaning products and “mop-and-shine” cleaners. These can dull the shine on your vinyl floor. Use mats or rugs in high traffic areas to reduce the chance of scratches.
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Flooring
Regular sweeping or dust mopping will keep your ceramic or porcelain tile floor clean. A damp mop and approved cleaning solution may be used for deeper cleaning. Avoid bleach, acidic, ammonia-based or abrasive cleaners. Clean spills immediately to prevent staining or falls. The grout between the tiles will need to be sealed on a regular basis. Before doing so, a thorough cleaning of the grout should be done. If a tile breaks, it may be removed and replaced, but should be done by a professional if you are not familiar with the repair process.
These are some of the most important maintenance tips for hardwood, laminate, carpet, vinyl and tile flooring. By following these tips, the flooring in your home or office will continue to look terrific for years to come. Take care of your flooring investment and simply enjoy the look of your new floor!