What to Know to Save Your Floor
Whether your floor is brand new or years old, there is always regular upkeep and maintenance to do to help your floor look good and lasting longer.
Many problems commonly come from the family pets, accidental spills and high traffic. Whether it’s cleaning your floors due to pet accidents, human accidents (we mean spills) or the pesky high-traffic areas in your home that can leave an area of your floor looking worn down compared to the rest each floor needs a certain type of maintenance to keep it looking good for years to come.
Additionally, many flooring materials are manufactured with natural or artificial materials that can lead to allergic reactions.
We created this article for you to know how to save your floor, before it’s destroyed by poor maintenance, pets or just everyday life!
In this article, we will be covering two subjects:
- Preventing Damage
- What Hardware to Use for Cleaning
Preventative maintenance is the best maintenance! Let’s say that one more time; PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE IS THE BEST MAINTENANCE!
Some rules apply to all flooring:
- Take off footwear before entering the home.
- Buy walk-off mats for any and all entryways, this is the best way to prevent dirt, grit, and anything else from tracking and possibly causing damage.
- Make sure all chairs, table legs, appliances, have the appropriate footing like felt pads so they don’t scuff the floor.
- Upgrade your windows to block against sunlight, preventing any fading due to UV rays. Window treatments are a great preventative maintenance tool.
Some flooring materials require particular care. Lets uncover what each material needs.
- Maintain pet (dog) nails constantly, depending on how quickly they grow, you may need to cut them once a week.
- Periodically check moisture content in flooring and any areas below the floor, such as basements. You want to be able to maintain the humidity in your home in the 35% to 55% range regardless of the time of the year.
- Maintain temperature on the surface of the floor to manufacturer required temperatures. Make sure to check what this should be at time of purchase. Sunroom floors can get really hot, even on colder days!
- Wipe up spills ASAP! Moisture can cause warping in hardwood floors. You want to avoid moisture on hardwood floors as much as possible!
- Don’t use acidic cleaning products. This can strip away the protective finish of your wood.
- Be sure to wipe up any spills quickly to prevent people slipping or grout staining. Alternatively, upgrading the grout to epoxy can help eliminate the concern of staining.
- Sweep regularly. Dirt and grit can get into the grout lines and overtime can wear it down.
- Be careful of the cleaners you use, again, high acidic products can harm the grout.
· We’ve all heard that laminate is waterproof, but it’s not. It may be water resistant, but it can still be damaged by water! So be careful with moisture and try to clean up any spills as quickly as possible.
- First, house train your pets! Urine is one of the hardest scents to get out of any type of material especially carpet. It can seep into the carpet padding and hold orders and bacteria from these types of accidents. We understand the difficulties of housetraining a pet so keep safe cleaning products for your carpet in your home and clean the accident as soon as possible by blotting not rubbing!
- Vacuum on a regular basis. We suggest at least one a week. A lot can get caught in the tiny fibers of a carpet creating a dingy look but regular vacuuming will prevent this!
- Most importantly, have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year. In fact, most carpet manufactures require this to keep your carpet under warranty.
What Hardware to Use for Cleaning
Vacuum, mop, all those different kinds of cleaners—there is a lot of options to use when you’re just looking to clean your floor. And the cost of getting it wrong can be high. Don’t worry though, that’s why we’re here!
- Vacuum with a decent beater bar that can be raised above the height of the carpet.
- We don’t recommend using any water on the carpet, oversaturation of your carpet can leave behind a musty odor.
- If you decide to use a cleaning agent, we would suggest a product like Capture.
- Blot! Do not rub around a spilled area you are cleaning.
Vinyl Plank & Tile:
- Do not use a beater bar if you decide to use a vacuum, as it can easily scuff Vinyl or chip the corners of your tile.
- We recommend using a microfiber mop, with a neutral pH material, and sweeping, as long as the broom isn’t coarse enough to damage the grout.
- Never vacuum hardwood floors! The beater bar can scuff and destroy the surface. This high maintenance floor requires a microfiber mop and a neutral pH cleaner. Just remember, the less water, the better.
- These products should be used on your floor once a week. And, while we are on the subject, never wax your hardwood floor, not unless you want to be doing it every day.
Knowing what to do to prevent damage to your floor and how to care for it is a great way to protect your investment. Weather your looking to maintain your kitchen floor that sees a lot of spills or your bedroom carpet that you want to keep soft and plush you need to know what works best!