Protecting your flooring investment is as important as the flooring decision itself. Here are some general hints and tips to help maintain and protect your floors.
Use walk off mats at every entrance. Using walk off mats will keep the dirt from the outside on the mat rather than inside on your floors where they can scratch the surface.
Use the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations. They have spent a lot of time, effort and energy coming up with the best care products for your floors. If you are not sure who manufactured your floor, leave a comment and we can give you some more general advice.
Use floor protectors, especially on hard surface floors. These are important to prevent permanent scratching, gouging and denting.
Do not drag furniture or other heavy items across any type of floor. It can also cause permanent damage.
Different floors need to be cleaned with different products and with different applicators. Use the correct method for each different type floor.
The most important thing you can do to protect the investment you made in your floors is to sweep, dust mop or vacuum daily. This will remove loose dirt and grit before it can scratch the surface of your floor, work away at brea king down the piling or glue base, causing premature wear and aging. It is also important to only use products recommended by the manufacturer to clean and maintain.
If you have hardwood floors, be sure not to use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads while cleaning your floors. Use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) to clean your hardwood floor: ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes and oil soaps, abrasive cleaning soaps or acidic materials such as vinegar.
To reduce excessive shrinkage of your hardwood floors in the winter the use of a humidifier is recommended in the winter, while use of air conditioning or a dehumidifier is suggested in the summer.