After investing in new flooring, ensuring their longevity becomes a top priority.
Whether it’s carpet, vinyl, ceramic, or hardwood, taking proper care of your floors and maintaining cleanliness not only enhances their appearance but also allows you to relish them for many years.
Essential Care Tips
Follow these recommendations from HomeTown Floors to maximize the lifespan of your floors:
CHOOSE THE RIGHT CLEANER
Choosing the appropriate cleaner for your specific floor material is a crucial step in prolonging the life of your flooring. For instance, when dealing with a carpet stain, it is advisable to use a product approved by The Carpet and Rug Institute of America. In the case of hardwood, ceramic, or other types of flooring, opt for a gentle cleaning solution that is approved (refrain from using acidic substances like vinegar, which can erode finishes).
Steer clear of abrasive scrubbers, as they have the potential to inflict damage on your flooring. Even during vacuuming, be mindful of turning off the rotating brush on certain occasions to prevent scratches on your floors.
IMMEDIATELY ADDRESS SPILLS
Accidents are inevitable. When they occur, it’s crucial to take prompt action. Immediately attend to any spills on your floors, particularly on hardwood and carpeting, to prevent staining and other potential damage.
MINIMIZE SUN EXPOSURE
While we appreciate a well-lit home, it’s essential to invest in high-quality window treatments that can block UV light. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to fading, robbing your floors of their color and shine.
Ensure to close your shades during the hottest, sunniest parts of the day to minimize sun exposure, and as a bonus, you’ll contribute to energy savings.
UTILIZE RUGS IN HIGH-TRAFFIC AREAS
Placing rugs strategically in your home, especially in high-traffic zones, can significantly contribute to the longevity of your flooring. Entryway rugs and mats play a crucial role in containing dirt from shoes, reducing wear and tear on your floors. Additionally, rugs serve as stylish decorative elements.
For homes with carpets, it’s essential to use the appropriate carpet padding for added protection.
SCHEDULE ANNUAL DEEP CLEANING
Similar to maintaining your teeth or cleaning your ducts, deep clean your floors at least once a year—preferably twice annually or following your manufacturer’s recommendations. This deep cleaning process effectively eliminates embedded dirt and grime that regular cleaning may not address.
While vinyl plank flooring is known for its durability and ease of maintenance, following these essential care tips will ensure you reap the benefits of longevity. Investing time and effort in caring for your floors can save you from costly repairs or replacements in the future. Remember, prevention is always better than cure! So, take preventive measures to extend the life of your floors and continue enjoying their beauty and functionality for years to come.