Maintaining your floors properly is essential for keeping them looking great for years to come.
Sweep or Vacuum, Regularly Use a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with a hardwood floor attachment to remove dirt and debris. Avoid using vacuums with beater bars as they can scratch the floor.
Use a damp (not wet) mop and a hardwood floor cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. Avoid excessive water, as it can cause the wood to warp or buckle.
Place felt pads or furniture protectors under heavy furniture legs to prevent scratches. Avoid walking on hardwood floors with high heels or shoes with sharp edges.
Direct sunlight can cause hardwood floors to fade over time. Use curtains or blinds to protect them from prolonged exposure.
Depending on foot traffic, consider applying a hardwood floor cleaner or refresher every few months to restore shine and protect the surface.
For Carpet Floors:
Vacuum high-traffic areas at least once a week. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to trap allergens.
Blot spills as soon as they occur with a clean cloth and a mild carpet cleaner. Avoid rubbing, as it can spread the stain.
Arrange for professional carpet cleaning at least once a year, or more often if you have pets or heavy foot traffic.
Place rugs or mats at entrances to prevent dirt and debris from being tracked onto the carpet.
For Vinyl/Laminate Floors:
Use a damp mop with a manufacturer-recommended cleaner. Avoid excessive water to prevent damage to the floor.
Harsh chemicals can damage the surface of vinyl or laminate floors. Stick to recommended cleaning products.
General Tips for All Floors:
Place felt or rubber pads under furniture to prevent scratches and dents.
Keep your pets’ nails trimmed to prevent scratches on your floors.
For all types of floors, excessive water can cause damage. Wipe up spills promptly and don’t use overly wet mops.
Remember to always refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for specific cleaning and maintenance instructions, as different materials may have unique requirements. Regular maintenance will help extend the life and beauty of your floors.