Today's guest post is from Angela Says: A Cleaning Blog. Thank you, Angela!
Whether you’re dealing with the floors that came with your home, or you’ve invested a pretty penny to buy your dream floors, it’s important to know how to take care of them and keep them beautiful for as long as possible.
Although each type of flooring has its own specific needs, there are a few routine things that you can do to keep your floors looking beautiful and brand new:
• Regular vacuuming or sweeping to make sure dirt and dust don’t settle in.
• Placing a mat at each entrance of your home to prevent messes.
• Avoiding carpet deodorizers or harsh chemical sprays. Not only are these bad for the environment, but they can sometimes dye or damage floors over time.
• Cleaning up messes very quickly in order to prevent permanent staining, mold, or warping of your floors.
In addition to these general up-keep tips, it’s important to be familiar with what kind of floor you have and know your manufacturer’s instructions. For instance, you don’t want to use a cleaning solution that contains a chemical that won’t favorably react to your marble floor and terminate your warranty.
Here are some specific things to do to take care of some popular types of flooring.
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• Never rub or scrub a stain. Always gently dab with a teaspoon of mild dish washing soap and a sponge soaked with warm water. If the stain is severe, you need to call a professional quickly so the stain won’t set.
• If you have a sticky stain, such as gum, candy, or candle wax, place a piece of ice over the stain and wait for it to solidify. You should be able to gently remove the piece without damaging the carpet fibers.
• Get your carpets professionally cleaned every six months or so. If you have children or pets, you might want to consider scheduling a service every other month to keep your home fresh and your air quality safe for the whole family.
• Use a gentle, natural cleaner on your floors, like a combination of baking soda and water. Add two cups of baking soda to one quart of hot water and mop swiftly all over the floors. Dry your floors immediately with a clean towel after mopping.
• Be careful of any citrus liquids or cleaners, as these can chemically react with certain types of stones.
• Although tile floors don’t need to be professionally cleaned as often as carpeting, it does make a huge difference in how long the flooring lasts and makes the whole home glow.
• Be sure to use blinds or dark curtains to keep the sun from fading your wood floors. Although sun damage is a slow process, it’s important to remember this so you can keep them gorgeous as long as possible.
• Try to move your furniture around every six months or so to avoid dents or heavy wearing.
• Similar to tile flooring, hardwood floors don’t need to be professionally cleaned as often as carpeting, but it does protect and make the floors last longer when they’ve been professionally cared for.
Taking care of your floors may sometimes feel like a lot of effort, but it can save you thousands of dollars over time.
Do you have any tricks or tips to take care of your floors that I haven’t mentioned?