Flooring Care & Maintenance
How to maintain and care for your flooring. Making sure you know how to care for your new floors appropriately will ensure they last, read below for our recommended ways to care for each of your flooring types. You can also check out our Maintenance and Cleaning Blog Posts for more tips & tricks!
Carpet fibers are designed to hide soil and reflect light, however, even with carpet’s ability to resist soiling and stains a regular maintenance program is of the most importance for extending the life and appearance of your new carpet.
- Vacuum areas often that receive the most traffic, such as hallways, stairs, and exterior entryways in the home. Ideally, vacuum all the floor coverings a minimum of once a week, and the high-traffic areas more often, based on the usage. If you have pets, you may need to vacuum some areas daily. Removing loose soil while it remains on the carpet’s surface is important so that it is not walked into the carpet pile.
- Remove spots as soon as something is spilled or tracked on the carpet. If spills or soil are allowed to remain, they may become permanent. Blot liquids with a dry, white, absorbent cloth or white paper towels. Do not scrub the area! Scrubbing can cause pile distortion in the affected area. Continue to use a dry cloth or paper towels until the area is completely dry.
- Check out the Carpet Rug Institute’s website for more in depth carpet cleaning information!
Hardwood & Laminate
- Do not use a wet mop, water and wood or laminate ﬂoors do not mix! Wood ﬂoors require a relative humidity similar to your personal comfort levels to limit cracking and swelling over time. Limiting excessive heat and moisture will ensure that your ﬂoors perform as they should.
- Use a good dust mop, one with a 12 to 18 inch cotton head, and a special dust mop treatment.
- Sweeping with a broom is ﬁne, expanded ends trap dust and grit effectively.
- Small stones, mud and gritty dirt tracked in from outside can play havoc on a wood or laminate ﬂoor’s ﬁnish. To help combat this, use welcome mats placed at all outside entrances for people to wipe their feet on before stepping on the wood ﬂoor. Also, vacuum regularly with a bristle brush attachment. Don’t use vacuums with beater bars. Canister vacuums with special bare ﬂoor attachments are the best way to get rid of all the dirt and dust.
- When accidents happen and liquid is spilled on your ﬂoor, you should use a slightly damp wet cloth or paper towel to clean up and dry the affected area.
- Lift the furniture to move it, avoid dragging. The legs of furniture should have felt on the bases to prevent scratching as the furniture moves with use. Take caution when moving heavy objects across ﬂoors; it is preferable not to drag things on the wood or laminate, but if one must then lay down a blanket or other item that will slide easily for the item to rest on.
- Don’t use oil soaps! There are many over the counter oil-based soaps and wax-based cleaning products that may damage or dull the ﬁnish of your wood or laminate ﬂoor.
- Keep pets nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt.
- We recommend Bona products for caring for your hardwood or laminate floors!
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Tile & Stone
- Tile requires little maintenance. Sweep thoroughly and mop with a clean damp mop. If necessary a mild household detergent can be used. Do not use abrasive cleaners or brushes with hard bristles.
- Clean up spills immediately, use detergent in strengths recommended by their manufacturer, allow the detergent to remain on the surface of the tile as recommended and rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove the detergent and the emulsified residue.
- Sweep the floor with a soft bristle broom to remove loose dirt.
- A mop moistened with warm water and non-abrasive floor cleaner will suffice.
- Make sure furniture legs have large surface, non-staining floor protectors.
- Dust regularly with a soft cloth or feather duster, or compressed air in a can (keyboard cleaner).
- Spot clean with a damp cloth when necessary.
- Use a neutral, pH-balanced cleaner like Granite Gold Daily Cleaner that is specially formulated to be used on stone on a regular basis to remove residues from cooking oils and everyday food spills, as well as hairspray or other cosmetics.
- Be careful with common foods and drinks that contain acids that may etch or dull your stone surface. Also, some common toiletries (i.e., perfume, toothpaste, mouthwash, hairspray) contain acids and other ingredients that may damage the stone surface or degrade the sealer.