If you've recently had new flooring installed, you’ll want to maintain it for as long as possible. While natural wear and tear will happen over time, you can ensure your floors stay in good condition with regular upkeep.
The type of flooring you have will determine how you care for it. Here are some tips on how to care for your new flooring.
How to care for tile flooring
With tile flooring, the most basic method of maintenance is to sweep and vacuum. Since tiles can be sensitive, use a soft-bristle broom or a brush attachment. Once you get rid of the dust and debris, you can use additional cleaning products. Some may choose to do a quick mop, while others might simply wipe up any spills with a cleaning cloth.
When you’re doing a more thorough cleaning, pay close attention to the grout lines, as that’s where much of the dirt can end up. Warm water with a little bit of dish soap (or tile cleaner) and a flat mop is all you need. Work on one section of your tiles at a time, so there’s plenty of time for things to dry. Note that if you have marble tiles, you should avoid using vinegar as a cleaning solution as this could cause damage.
How to care for carpeting
Vacuuming your carpet regularly will ensure that dirt doesn’t get buried into the carpet fibers. While cleaning, make sure to go in both horizontal and vertical directions to get everything out. If you want to ensure that your carpets last as long as possible, it’s a good idea to get them professionally cleaned periodically as well.
It's helpful to keep shoes off carpeting, so they don’t track dirt into the carpet. Also, keep food and drinks off carpeting, as spills will require a thorough clean-up.
How to care for laminate flooring
Laminate floors can be easy to clean, but you need to use the right methods, so they don’t get damaged. Sweep regularly with a soft-bristle broom to get rid of any dust, hair, and debris. A weekly vacuum is also recommended but be sure to use the soft-brush attachment, so you don’t scratch your floors.
When doing a deep clean, avoid using a lot of water as it could cause your floors to bubble. This is also why you should wipe up spills right away and use a cleaning product that’s designed for laminate floors. A damp mop will help with the cleaning, but make sure to wring it first before using it on your floors. Avoid oil-based, abrasive, and acidic cleaners as they could cause permanent damage. To give your flooring an extra layer of protection, consider using area rugs.
How to care for vinyl flooring
Clean your vinyl flooring first with either a duster or vacuum with soft-brush attachments. When using any liquid, make sure you’re using a cleaner designed for vinyl, so you don’t cause damage to the floor. Microfiber cloths work well as they’re gentle on all surfaces.
Vinyl flooring can stain. If this happens, use a vinyl floor cleaner and apply it to the affected area. For tougher stains, try using baking soda and a bit of water to create a paste that can be applied to the stain and give it a good scrub. It’s natural for vinyl floors to get scuffs, but you can sometimes get rid of them with a good buff using a melamine sponge.
How to care for hardwood flooring
Hardwood floors naturally attract a lot of dust, so sweeping with a microfiber broom as often as possible is recommended. About once a week, use a liquid cleaner. There are products designed specifically for hardwood floors, but anything that’s pH-neutral, biodegradable, and non-toxic will typically do. Using a washable microfiber pad while cleaning is ideal since it won’t damage your floors.
Once or twice a year, you should consider polishing your hardwood floor. Not only will this make your floors shine, but it’ll restore some of the colors. Any areas that see high traffic, such as entranceways, should have a mat or area rug to help protect the floors.
Make cleaning part of your routine
Regardless of what type of floors you have, dusting and regular cleaning with a mop or vacuum once a week will help keep them in optimal condition. If you’ve reached the point where regular cleaning no longer works to maintain your flooring, contact SERVICEfinder for a free, no-obligation flooring consultation. Our local contractors will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your flooring replacement.