Floor Care and Cleaning
The birds are chirping, grass is growing, and winter is making its final farewell, it’s finally spring! It’s time to store away those winter boots, the same winter boots that have been walking all over your beautiful floors all season long through the long, dirty, cold, and unforgiving months of winter. Winter not only pummels the outdoors, but mud, snow, and salt is tracked all over your home, leaving a mess on your floors. With spring comes everyone’s favorite spring time activity, spring cleaning. Here are some spring cleanings tips to get your floors back in tip-top shape.
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Flooring
When it comes to tile flooring, the first step to cleaning them is to sweep or vacuum loose dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris. Ceramic tiles only need warm water to properly clean them, but you can also seek out a manufacturer recommended cleaner. It’s sometimes best to avoid using a sponge mop as a mop can push dirt into the grout tracks of the flow.
Hardwood flooring can be cleaned by sweeping or vacuuming. It’s important to never use abrasive cleaning products on your hardwood floor to avoid scratching and gouging. Check with the manufacturer of your hardwood floor for recommended cleaners. For more general hardwood flooring care, check out our Flooring Guide.
Vinyl flooring can be cleaned by occasional mopping. It is recommended to find a manufacturer’s recommended cleaner to remove dirt built up. A few capfuls of clear, non-sudsy ammonia and water is a safe cleaning solution that you can use when spring cleaning vinyl flooring.
When cleaning laminate floors, it’s best to vacuum the floor using the wand attachment. Use a dust mop or damp cloth for general cleaning. It’s important to wipe up wet areas an allow them to properly dry, as laminate flooring can be extra slippery when being cleaned. If winter has left traces of salt on your floor, use a damp cloth to wipe the stain off.
Spring is often the best time to shampoo your carpets. It’s important to hire a professional service if you’re unsure of proper carpet cleaning techniques. Vacuuming is also extremely important to help remove dirt and grime that may have become trapped in your carpet’s fibers.
When you’re ready to spring clean your floors, don’t forget you can reach out to Flooring America for any questions regarding recommended cleaning products.
There’s nothing better than when your home renovation project is complete. The noise is gone, the workers have left, and you can finally use your space again. Unfortunately the construction dust is not gone, leaving you with the task of cleaning up your space. Lucky for you we are here to help you through the process of how to clean after renovation so you can enjoy your remodel.
How to Clean After A Remodel Project
Whether big or small, any type of home renovation project is going to require you to do a bit of cleaning before you dive back into your normal daily routine. Construction dust will fall anywhere and everywhere, and since it can be harmful to your family and pets, it’s incredibly important to deep clean your home as soon as possible.
What Post Remodel Tools Will You Need?
Depending on the area of your home that you renovated, you may or may not need all of these tools, but you’ll want to have on hand:
- Rubber gloves
- Protective eyewear
- Face mask
- Mop and/or broom
- Mop Buckets
- Trash bags
- Cleaning solution
- Dust pans
What Steps Should You Follow For Post-Remodel Cleaning?
No matter what room you remodeled, you should always start with wiping down your walls, molding, and hard surfaces. The safest way to clean your walls will be by dry dusting. Dust collects everywhere, so you will want to make sure that you don’t forget to clean the molding and baseboards.
Once your walls have been cleaned, the next step is to clean your hard surfaces from the top down. Clean your countertops, the interiors and exteriors of cabinetry, handles, knobs, doors, and hardware. Don’t forget to tackle any lighting fixtures, fan blades, blinds, curtains, vents, and ducts. Nothing is off limits for cleaning after a home renovation. A good rule of thumb is if it's in your home, clean it.
At this point all surfaces should be clean, and ultimately, more dust and debris will have collected on your floors, which is why your floors should be cleaned last.
For hard surface flooring:
- To help eliminate fine particles of dirt and grit that can act like sandpaper and will scratch any floor, vacuum or sweep.
- Do not vacuum with a beater bar unless the beater bar is switched off.
- Use a dust mop to remove any remaining particles.
- Vacuum regularly to avoid any dust and dirt particles from wearing on your carpet.
- Call a professional carpet cleaner to ensure all fine dust and dirt particles are removed.
How to Remain Safe during Your Remodel Cleanup
Always make sure that you are wearing a face mask, as the dust particles can be dangerous. If you are standing on a ladder or platform to reach high areas, make sure to have someone nearby to keep you steady. Lastly, be sure that large pieces of debris, nails, and tools are removed and properly stored away.
Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy your beautiful new space.
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If you’re in the market for new hardwood floors, you might face the decision of solid hardwood vs. engineered hardwood. Like any flooring product, both have their pros and cons, but when it comes to matters of the home, these will be specific to each individual household as you take into account budget, lifestyle, and needs.
How to Assess Those Gaps in Your Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floors are a big investment, so it’s important to factor in the possibility that over time, your hardwood might experience gaps in between the planks.
Why Does Your Hardwood Floor Have Gaps?
Gaps in hardwood floors are a common occurrence over the course of a wood’s life. As the weather and seasons change, hardwood is susceptible to expanding and contracting from heat, causing gaps. If your floors have been exposed to water-damage, boards are more likely to form gaps in between the planks as the wood shrinks when it has dried out.
The Solution for Preventing Hardwood Floor Gaps: Engineered Hardwood
Hardwood floors in the home are sought out by many homeowners, but to combat the possibility of gaps developing in the floor, engineered hardwood is a great alternative. This type of flooring can reduce gaps between planks, allowing the layers of plywood to shift and move more easily when adjusting to humidity changes.
How to Find the Right Hardwood Floor for Your Home
If you decide to have hardwood floors installed, it is important to have your installer perform a humidity level test and to acclimate the hardwood to your home. This will be incredibly important if you live in a humid area, as it can cause warping, bowing, splitting, and gaps. By measuring your home’s humidity levels, your installer will be able to recommend the best floor for your home. Your hardwood will also have to acclimate to your home’s humidity and temperature, which means that your new flooring has to rest inside your home for up to a week and a half before it can be installed.
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When it comes time to choose flooring for your kitchen, one of the most important first steps to take is to consider the function of the room and how you use it.
- Do you enjoy cooking?
- Do you host a lot of parties?
- Do you have kids or pets running around your house?
If you can answer yes to any of these, it will be important that your kitchen floors be able to withstand spills, heavy foot traffic, and dropped dishes.
With that in mind, luxury vinyl, laminate, and tile are all great options, but it will be your lifestyle needs and personal preferences which will help in your decision.
What is the Best Material for Your Kitchen Floor?
Make sure that you keep function and durability a top priority in the decision making process.
Luxury vinyl is ideal for those prone to making a mess in the kitchen. It’s durable, holds up to scratches, and it is waterproof, making it one of the best flooring options. Vinyl flooring’s protective top layer allows for ease of maintenance and makes clean-up a breeze.
Laminate is a great option for a kitchen that gets a lot of love, as it has 4 layers that will absorb heavy foot traffic and protects against stains, burns, and spills. It is affordable, easy to install, and comes in a variety of styles, making it a great option too.
Lastly, tile is another solid choice for your kitchen. It’s scratch resistant and incredibly easy to clean, but it is also very cold and does not have the softest cushioning to allow for comfort when standing for long periods of time.
Which Kitchen Flooring is the Most Durable?
Tile will be the most durable flooring choice due to its long wearing durability, ease of maintenance, and resistance to moisture. It’s resistant to scratches, so it’s great in those moments when pots are dropped.
With its ability to look just like hardwood, ceramic, or stone, laminate is a great flooring option for those high traffic areas in your home. Laminate is incredibly durable and easy to maintain, however just like any type of flooring, it does require regular cleaning.
Can You Really Clean Your Laminate Floors with Vinegar?
Vinegar can be used to clean laminate flooring and is great for bringing the shine back to your floors. To create your cleaning solution, use 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar. Spray the solution in small areas at a time, and clean with a damp cloth or mop. Once finished, dry the laminate and your floors will shine like new!
Tips for Washing Laminate Floors
For general laminate cleaning, we recommend using a dust mop or a damp mop. To prevent dirt and grit from scratching the laminate, vacuuming and sweeping daily is encouraged.
How to Prevent Damage to your Laminate Floors
To prevent damage, it's encouraged to not walk on the floor in spiked shoes or heels. Place doormats at every entrance to keep sand, dirt, and grit from scratching your floor. And lastly, do not use soap, detergent based cleaners, wax-based products, any type of polish, or a steam cleaner.
Check out our hard surface floor care guide for more floor cleaning tips!
There’s no doubt that when it comes to flooring, luxury vinyl tile is a preferred choice. Luxury vinyl is waterproof and durable, making it incredibly easy to maintain. Continue reading for tips on how to keep your vinyl looking shiny and brand new.
How Do You Remove Stains From Vinyl Flooring?
Thanks to the overall stain resistance capabilities of luxury vinyl, most spills and stains will wipe up quickly with a clean white cloth. When wiping up stains, turn the cloth frequently to prevent spreading the stain. Make sure to rinse with clean water and allow the area to dry.
How Do You Make Vinyl Floors Shiny Again?
To prevent your floors from fading or discoloring, make sure to follow these tips:
- Sweep regularly
- Always keep doormats at each entrance.
Proper maintenance will keep your floors shiny. For heavier cleaning, a manufacturer recommended cleaning solution can be used when mopping.
Can You Steam Vinyl Flooring?
It’s best to avoid cleaning luxury vinyl tile with a steam mop, as the steam and water can damage the planks and vinyl, causing your floor to warp and bend.
Whether you already have LVT floors installed or you’re deciding on the best floor type for your next home improvement project, be sure to stay in the know and learn about the benefits of LVT flooring.
Stay tuned for more cleaning tips, and check out our hard surface floor care guide.