Cleaning and Protecting Your Floors
Thanks to the innovation of modern flooring technology and waterproof flooring products, the average home features stylish flooring options that are both long-lasting and easy to maintain. With regular care and maintenance, as well as taking the appropriate steps to protect your floors, the surfaces in your home will serve your family well and continue to look pristine for decades. Remember to always check with your flooring manufacturer’s care guidelines beforehand, but here are some additional valuable tips for cleaning and protecting your floors.
Removing Dirt & Dust
No matter what type of flooring you have, you will always want to remove loose dirt and dust regularly as both a cleaning and precautionary step. Whether sweeping your hard surface flooring with a broom/dry mop or vacuuming carpet several times a week, removing particles from the surface will prevent abrasion, damage to the finish, and restore a vibrant appearance. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends that carpet be vacuumed one time per week for every household member – including pets. (i.e., a couple with 2 kids and a dog should vacuum their carpet 5 times per week). Avoid using a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar to prevent scratches on hard surfaces or delicate wool carpet fibers and check your flooring manufacturer’s warranty and recommendations before investing in a robot vacuum cleaner.
It’s always helpful to have residents and guests remove footwear by the door on a designated mat or rack to prevent footprints, scuffs, and debris from reaching your floors. Place felt or nylon pads under all furniture legs and always lift or use a dolly when moving heavy furniture in the home. Avoid using furniture with rollers as these can damage wood and LVT floors.
Cleaning Grout Lines
If you have tile, LVT, or plank flooring that features grout lines, you can protect and clean the grout work with a half-and-half mixture of baking soda and water or a gentle commercially available cleaner. Test any gentle cleaning solution in a less noticeable area and avoid any cleaning products that contain ammonia, bleach, oil, acid, colors, or dyes. Always rinse the cleaning solution off the flooring before it dries and avoid using stiff bristle brushes or steel wool to clean grout lines.
When spills or spots occur, it is best to wipe them as soon as you can using a damp sponge, and use warm water to loosen any stuck-on stains. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or rough scrubbers. If you need more spot treatment, use a recommended cleaner from your flooring manufacturer’s website that is specifically formulated for your flooring type. If you are interested in having the ability to wet-mop your floors, explore waterproof flooring solutions such as ceramic tile, luxury vinyl tile, and luxury vinyl plank!
Use Area Rugs
In addition to adding attractive pops of color, texture, pattern, and softness, area rugs will also help protect every type of flooring from dirt, moisture, pet accidents, and foot traffic. Arm your entranceways and hallways with rugs to remove particles and outdoor elements from footwear. Consider patterned, textured, or speckled rugs to help disguise stains better in between cleanings! Check the flooring manufacturer’s recommendations as some rubber backings on rugs can permanently discolor vinyl, wood, or LVT.
For additional ideas, always feel free to ask our America’s Floor Source experts any flooring care questions you may have or for recommendations on how to protect your flooring investments in an active home!