If you’re like me, the current coronavirus pandemic may have made you all the more aware of the need for cleanliness. Today I’m sharing a collaborative guest post on keeping your flooring clean, which is important for how it looks, for a healthy home, and for the longevity of your flooring material.
It’s hard to keep on top of cleaning and most of us don’t get round to it as often as we’d like – especially if you come from a busy family household! Since you’ve probably spent a significant amount of money on your new flooring, you’ll want to maintain it and keep it looking fresh for as long as possible. Thankfully there’s ways you can do this to keep it impressive for as long as possible.
Plenty of Sweeping
As obvious as it is, regular sweeping will prevent anything getting trodden in and stones scratching the floors. Be aware of the attachment on the vacuum, as these can scratch certain flooring materials such as real wood.
We’d recommend vacuuming at least once a week to keep it looking fresh, mopping too. Warm soapy water works well, but if you want to go one step further then purchasing specialist floor cleaner will work the best. Always mopping dry large amounts of water as it can cause damage especially to wood and laminate floors.
Do not use a steam mop with wood, as it can cause it to shrink and warp over time!
Be Aware of What it Comes Into Contact With
The best way to keep your floor in the best condition possible it to take measures to stop it getting damaged. This means avoid wearing outdoor shoes indoors and instead use slippers. Not only are shoes harsher on floors, but they also spread dirt and debris around which can scratch.
Place mats by entrances to encourage people to wipe their shoes and place rugs in areas where there’s lots of footfall. It’s also worth getting furniture floor protectors.
Of course, the trials of everyday life will mean that your floor will come into contact with things that’ll damage it and as a result, durability is something that most of us have to prioritise. Solid wood, laminate and luxury vinyl tiles are very durable choices and will last many years without showing wear. Although solid wood is likely to last a lifetime, it can scratch and stain.
Don’t worry if the worst does happen though – real wood can be sanded down and refinished to eradicate any damage. This should not normally need to be done for the first 15-20 years, so along with it’s already very long lifespan, you can only imagine how long these gorgeous floors can last!
Do you manage to keep your floors clean regularly, or is it something you feel you might need to do more often?
[ This is a collaborative guest post & as such the ideas expressed here are that of the author ]