It’s that time of the year! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and residents across the country are cleaning out their homes. Oh yes, it’s spring cleaning time, and whether you enjoy it or not, you know it needs to happen. Facing a year’s worth of dirt baked into your floors can be overwhelming. That’s why we are here to offer you this cheat sheet on simple maintenance that will keep all your different flooring looking great throughout the year! Good cleaning habits are incredibly important for the longevity of your floor.
Cleaning tips for each flooring type:
Regularly vacuuming your carpet will greatly help in your spring cleaning. Don’t vacuum weekly? Worry not, here’s some tips to get your carpet looking new again. First, soak any stains in the carpet with a quality spot remover and follow with a deep vacuuming session, making sure to catch all those corner spots with a hose. If you have your own steam cleaner, unpack that bad boy and do a final run over your floors. If you don’t own a high powered steamer, we recommend you hire a professional carpet cleaner about every 6-12 months. Regularly maintaining your carpets will greatly improve its appearance for years to come.
Tile flooring not only looks great, but is also very easy to maintain with good habits and the proper know-how. Daily or weekly maintenance is needed to keep your tile floor looking great! During your spring cleaning, focus on these tips. Wash your floors with a damp mop and then thoroughly dry with a clean cloth. Avoid using harsh detergents, as these can dull the surface of the tile. Avoid using steam mops, high temperatures can damage your tile floors. Along with these cleaning tips, remember to have mats at your doorways to trap in the dirt and add protective padding to all furniture legs.
Laminate and vinyl flooring is best kept clean with a quick run through with a vacuum, followed by mopping and drying. It is recommended that you use a manufacturer’s cleaner to remove that pesky built up dirt without affecting the finish. Using a cleaner is also recommended when cleaning up salt stains left from boots after a big snow storm. Be mindful to fully dry your floors after cleaning, as laminate and vinyl can be slippery when wet. Following these tips is not only useful during spring cleaning, but throughout the year as well. Maintaining good habits will keep your floors looking great year-long.
For most of your time using hardwood flooring, sweeping and vacuuming will be sufficient to keep it looking great. However, spills and accidents are bound to happen, and we’re here to help. Read on to hear tips on keeping your hardwood good as new. Given the sensitive nature of hardwood flooring, it is better to clean with caution so that you don’t wear down the surface. Wipe up any spills immediately with a warm, damp cloth. Using a special cleaner geared for hardwood, gently clean your floors, making sure to avoid buffing and adding too much pressure, as this can damage or scrape the floor’s finish. Once cleaned, dry off the surface and there you have it; a floor worth bragging about.
Everyone loves wood floors. They can last for decades, and unlike other flooring, homeowners can refinish their floors for a reasonable price. Once they start to lose their shine or get soft due to deterioration, you will need to refinish or replace them. If you are looking for a different appearance or a more durable material replacing your old hardwood might be the right choice.
Done with spring cleaning and still want more tips and tricks? Want to start fresh with beautiful new floors? Contact Floor Craft today and speak with a professional. Our Flooring specialists will answer your questions and help find the best flooring to fit your budget and needs. Happy cleaning!