When you purchase new flooring for your home – regardless of the type of said flooring – you should think of it as an investment. And in order to get the best return on your investment, you need to take care of it. Depending on where the flooring is installed and how much foot traffic this area receives, you may have to spend more time maintaining and cleaning it than you would others. The experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake share how to care for and maintain various types of flooring.
Before we get into the specifics, however, it’s worth mentioning that mats positioned near entrance points to a home or business can provide a big boost for cleanliness. Doormats only require minimal maintenance and can greatly reduce the amount of dirt that gets spread throughout the home.
People like carpet for its soft feel, wide variety, and the warmth it can add to a room. But as far as cleaning and maintenance go, carpet can be a bit challenging. For instance, vacuuming should be regularly done to prevent dirt and grime from embedding itself into the pile. It’s also recommended that carpets are professionally deep cleaned twice a year (especially if homeowners suffer from allergies), as this type of cleaning removes embedded dirt, bacteria, and grime from the pile and keeps carpet looking great. When it comes to carpets, spills should be cleaned up immediately to minimize the risk of staining.
Hardwood floors are fairly easy to maintain regularly, as they usually just require sweeping and mopping to keep it free of pet hair, dirt, etc. However, every few years it’s a good idea to have hardwood floors professionally refinished or to apply a finisher or polisher yourself to keep them looking great. It’s also worth noting that any spills on hardwood flooring should be cleaned up immediately so that potential wood rot or water damage doesn’t occur. Hardwood floors can last for several generations if they are cleaned and maintained properly, so be sure that you put in the necessary work to get the most out of them.
Laminate is another hard floor option that’s fairly easy to maintain with regular sweeping and mopping. And just as is the case with hardwood flooring, make sure any spills or moisture is cleaned up immediately. Water and moisture can get into the cracks of the laminate and core board, which can cause the floors to warp over time. For laminate floors, we recommend routine cleaning with a microfiber pad that uses minimal water and still attracts all the dirt and debris you’d find on the floor.
While tile is easily cleaned with mopping and sweeping, it’s recommended that you perform a bit more thorough of a cleaning on tile and grout lines on occasion. For this, use a non-scouring cleaning tool (i.e. brush or toothbrush) and a non-abrasive household cleaner.
Remember, any type of flooring you purchase for your home is an investment – so make sure that you take care of it properly so it doesn’t begin to wear prematurely. Spending a little bit of money on the necessary cleaning products or on a professional cleaning can potentially save you a lot of money down the road. If you’re ready to install new flooring in your home, give the experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake a call today to schedule your free in-home consultation. We look forward to working with you!
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