The floor of your home can see a lot of traffic- kids running around, guests, furniture being moved in or out, wet/muddy footwear, spills, and much more. And any or all of these can happen on a daily basis, or quite frequently. So keeping your floors clean and protected can seem like a gargantuan task. Even though you may have guests over just for the holidays, or moving furniture may not be done regularly, the dust and dirt that can build up on your floors just with regular everyday traffic needs regular cleaning. But before you start getting too stressed about how to protect your floors from year-round messes, read on to see some handy tips.
Clean and maintain your floors the right way.
If you have hardwood floors, keep them as clean as possible and recoat every 7 to 10 years so that the shield of protection stays on the wood and protects it from damage. If you have to carpet, vacuum regularly. Any spills or spots should be cleaned right away so that they do not penetrate deep into the fibers. You can also deodorize carpeted floors to remove odors. For tile/stone floors, sweeping to remove dirt works great.
Get area rugs
This is an especially great idea for times when you have guests over. Rugs provide great protection by acting as a protective middle layer between your floors (especially hardwood) and feet or furniture. Rugs can also be aesthetically appealing and add to the overall look of your home. You can still showcase your beautiful floors by leaving them bare in low traffic areas.
Use furniture pads
With tables, chairs, desks, dressers, and other types of furniture scattered all over your home, using furniture pads is a smart idea to prevent scuff marks or dents on hardwood floors or deep indentations in carpets. These pads come in different materials such as felt, cork, or plastic. They also come in a variety of sizes, so choose the ones according to the weight of the furniture you will use them for.
Use only the cleaning products that will not harm your floor
The number of cleaning products available today for all kinds of flooring is truly mind boggling. But that does not mean that they are all good or that you need to use them all. In the case of hardwood floors, for example, cleaners that contain ammonia, polish, vinegar, and oil soaps can dull the top coat of the hardwood and create problems later too. So it is best to stay away from these. Similarly, if you need a spot removal solvent for your carpeted floor, use a product approved by The Carpet and Rug Institute of America so you do not harm your carpet in any way.
Be mindful of your lifestyle
If your family consists of kids and/or pets, spills, messes, and all sorts of “oops” moments are unavoidable. But you will be surprised at how some small everyday changes in how you use your floors, can go a long way in protecting them. For example, if your kids tend to run into the home with muddy or dirty shoes after playing outside, put down a doormat at the entrance, or ask them to leave their shoes at the door.
If your playful puppy loves to slide on your beautiful hardwood floors but leaves scratch marks, make sure to get his or her nails clipped regularly and encourage play in other carpeted areas. Having a separate, clean pair of slippers for home, or even walking barefoot on carpeted floors prevents a lot of dirt and debris from getting stuck in the fibers and your carpets stay clean for longer.
No matter what type of flooring you have, these tips can help you add years to it. And for all your flooring needs, from selection, installation, repair, refinishing, maintenance, and more, Classic Floors Chicago is available anytime at 773-656-1727.
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