Maintaining your flooring is equally as important as selecting the right flooring for your home. Once you’ve had your beautiful new flooring installed by professional floor installers, you will want to keep it looking brand new for as long as possible. While hybrid, laminate, vinyl, carpet, and timber are very different products, there are some tips you can follow to care for your floor. Taking time to factor in looking after your flooring is essential to enjoy it for many years to come.
Minimise Wear and Tear
There are a few steps you can take to minimize the wear and tear of any flooring type. Not wearing shoes in the home is a great way to extend the life of your floor. It minimizes the transfer of dirt and grit which will reduce wear and scratches. Plus, boots, high heels, and sports shoes are often rough and can cause dents or damage over time. To eliminate wear near entryways, doormats are essential to catch any dirt and grit from outside and prevent it from being walked through the house. If you’re looking for a stronger floor, laminate and vinyl are easy to clean, are available in waterproof and water-resistant options, and are tough wearing.
Make sure to clean up spills with a dry cloth as soon as possible. If the spill is particularly sticky or likely to stain slightly dampen a cloth or use specific products to clean and remember that wet floors can be a slip hazard. If cleaning products are required make sure they are suited to your floor type. Often your flooring supplier will be able to recommend the best products for you. General rules to follow are to not use abrasive cleaners, oils soaps, wax, or other household products to clean the floors. Also, make sure to clean up immediately to avoid potential damage.
When it comes to the longevity of your floors, it pays to be proactive. Your floor should be swept, mopped, or vacuumed regularly, depending on your flooring type. Sweeping and mopping can help to remove loose dirt or grit to prevent scratching on your floor. If your pets are indoors, keeping their nails trimmed will also lessen or limit scratching. Additionally, if you have carpet this may require steam cleaning and regular vacuuming to maintain its original condition. Consider your lifestyle to assist in determining the correct flooring for your home.
Protect Your Flooring
Hard floors such as timber, hybrid, laminate, and vinyl are more forgiving than carpet. However, it is still a good idea to use protective products where possible. Utilizing stylish rugs or floor runners in high traffic areas can extend the life of your flooring. Felt pads can be used under heavy furniture such as couches, chairs, and tables to minimize scratching and wear. Additionally, furniture on castor wheels can cause damage, so it is recommended that you place a mat under these where possible.
Whether you’re looking to purchase new flooring, have questions about your existing flooring, or are looking for specific maintenance information for your flooring type, reach out to your local Floorworld store. For more information, visit: www.floorworld.com.au or visit your local Floorworld retailer https://www.floorworld.com.au/home.