HOW TO MAINTAIN FLOORING
How to maintain hardwood?
To make sure your hardwood floor stays undamaged and looking nice, being proactive about stopping any potential problems is the best way to go. Here some other simple tips to fallow Santa Clarita.
Placemats and rugs in areas with lots of traffic and by any doors that lead outside. Doing this eliminates the risk of wearing down the floor over time. Make sure, However, that whatever you put down is made of a breathable material. If not, the mat can actually capture moisture beneath it and damage the wood.
Place rubber stoppers under any furniture with narrow points or legs, such a couches, and bookcases.
Attempting to move a heavy couch can badly scratch the wood, but by placing stoppers underneath the points of contact with the floor, your floor will be in the clear.
Do not use anything with ammonia in it to clean your wood floors. Stay away from wax based products, acrylic finishes, detergents, bleaches, polishes, oil soaps, and vinegar. Instead, just go to a hardware store and pick up some hardwood cleaning solution, spray it on a dust mop and give the floor a once-over. Do this regularly to avoid accumulation of dust and dirt.
Do not sand engineered floors. If you have a solid hardwood floor, go ahead and sand it as many times as you want, but make sure it’s not an Engineered floor first. Engineered wood floors only have a thin layer of real wood on the top. The rest is plywood or fiberboard. Sanding your engineered floor will permanently damage it.
How to maintain Carpet?
As with most forms of maintenance, the best way is to be proactive. Preventative maintenance is the best way to assure that your carpet stays looking gorgeous and feeling comfy.
First things first invest in a quality vacuum cleaner. A cheap vacuum cleaner will be able to get any dirt and debris still at the top of the carpet but will fail to reach anything once its been impacted down to the lower layer. Using a quality vacuum(maybe one that has been certified through the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), there will be a seal of approval) will ensure that your carpet stays immaculate.
Vacuuming your carpet, preferably once a week, by going over all commonly walked-on areas three times is simply the most effective way of maintaining a carpet’s good looks.
Make sure you occasionally move your heavy furniture a little bit. Over time, heavy furniture can crush the pile of the carpet and leave it disfigured. Simply moving the furniture a few inches or buying special pads to place underneath the weight is enough to stop any damage from happening. Also, make sure you buy a chair pad that is designed for carpet!
How to Clean top three stains from carpet?
The first thing to know about stains is that the longer they sit, the more difficult they are to remove. But what are the best methods for different types of stains? Memorize the following tips and you’ll be ready the next time accident strikes. And always test each method on a scrap of carpet or in a far corner of a closet to make sure it won’t harm the carpet:
Food and Drink Stains
Start by scooping up what you can into a paper towel using a blunt instrument like a spool. (If the spill includes an excess amount of liquid, a dry/wet vacuum should be employed.) Then use a clean, white absorbent cloth or paper towel to blot-never rub-with warm water. Press down firmly to remove as much moisture as possible. Repeat until no stain appears on the cloth.
If the stain is stubborn and won’t come out, make a solution of one quart of warm water and one teaspoon of mild non-bleach laundry detergent (the liquid kind). Don’t use dishwasher detergent. Apply this solution to the stain, let it sit for about five minutes and blot up excess moisture. Rinse with warm water and again remove the moisture by blotting. Repeat until there’s no more detergent in the carpet. This is important because any residual detergent may cause soiling.
Always scoop and blot. Here again, most stains clean up with warm water. Next use the detergent solution as mentioned above. After all the detergent is removed, apply a solution of two tablespoons of white vinegar to one quart of water. This will neutralize the odor.
Blot up all excess moisture, as mold can easily grow under damp carpet. To be sure all the moisture is removed, place a clean, white absorbent towel on the spot and place some type of weight on the towel. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. Repeat the process with another, dry towel if necessary. When the carpet is completely dry, vacuum or brush the pile to remove any dents the weight has made in that spot.
Scoop and blot, and then apply a non-oily polish remover. Blot with a clean, white absorbent cloth. Remember to test the nail-polish remover on a scrap of carpet first. Some carpets will lose color. If this is the case, have a professional carpet cleaner take care of the problem.
How to maintain tiles?
Sweep or vacuum floors to remove any debris or dust before using any cleaning products. Damp-mop your tile floor at least once each week (more frequently for heavy traffic areas) to decrease wear and abrasion from grit and soil.
Clean regularly with an all-purpose, non-oil-based household cleaner that’s compatible with cleaning grout joints. Use an everyday multipurpose spray cleaner to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew on wall tiles in your bath or shower.
Use concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for regular cleaning. These will safely remove grease, oils, and normal spills—just check to be sure the cleaner is intended for the application, use, and traffic level. Clean glass tile with any nonabrasive cleaner recommended for either glass or tile.
Tile maintenance mistakes to avoid?
Any cleaners containing acid or bleach shouldn’t be used for routine maintenance.
Avoid wax-based cleaners and oil-based detergents, and use sealants on grout joints only.
Harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads or any scouring pads containing metal shouldn’t be used on a tile.
Unglazed tile should not be cleaned with an agent that contains color.
How to maintain the tile grout?
Use a sealer on grout joints shortly after installation (4-7 days after is recommended)
Regularly use products compatible with cleaning grout joints.
Always after cleaning, rinse the entire area with clear water to remove any cleaning solution residue.
Invest in high-quality floor mats and protective pads under heavy furniture for an extra layer of protection to your tile floors. Place floor mats at entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Placing mats in high-traffic areas—in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves—is an effective way to reduce tile wear.