If you’ve recently invested in new flooring, it’s only natural you’re going to want it to look as good as possible for as long as possible. But how do you do that when shoes, feet and sometimes claws are traipsing over it? You can ban shoes from the room, but life goes on and floors need washed and soon you’ve got warping to deal with. And where did that scratch come from? The new rule is to float around the house.
We recognise the conversations, and you’re in luck. We’re going to cover looking after your laminate flooring, solid wood flooring and vinyl flooring to ensure that your home always looks its best. Read on for all the details on maintaining your floor.
Laminate flooring is the easy equivalent of solid wood flooring. It’s so easy you could probably do it yourself with its click in place design. It’s also an affordable option, with its imitation of solid wood flooring from cheaper materials allowing for insulation and more.
But maintaining it is the real issue here. Unfortunately, laminate flooring, like its solid wood counterpart, isn’t waterproof. Laminate flooring doesn’t like water and will swell and bubble when in too much contact with it. If you are looking to clean your floor, you’d be better off with a hoover to remove any dust or crumbs to begin with and use a well-wrung mop and approved floor cleaners to clean your floor.
Your other problem is scratches, which are harder to inflict on laminate flooring, but also a lot harder to get out. So, add felt pads to the legs of your furniture to avoid scratches and add mats to entrances to shift any stones out of the bottom of your shoes.
Solid wood flooring
Solid wood flooring has a lot of benefits, including its authentic appearance, its ability to last decades, and the fact that it will probably drive the value of your house up, but it also takes some tender loving care to maintain.
Scratches are common on solid wood flooring, as it is a lot softer, but they can also be buffed out quite easily. Light scratches will blend themselves out with time or you can hide them with maintenance oils, but if you’re looking around seeing nothing but scratches you might want to get your floor refinished.
Solid wood also doesn’t like humidity, which can warp it over time. If you’re having trouble with this, refinishing it will also buff out those problems.
Vinyl, on the other hand, is entirely waterproof. They thrive in the bathroom or kitchen due to this. So, it’s fine to grab a mop and swab at the vinyl flooring with abandon.
It’s also harder, but not impossible to scratch vinyl flooring. If you’re concerned, install felt pads on furniture and mats at the entrance.
If you want to keep your vinyl floor at its best, you can use a vinyl maintenance kit to clean your floor and strengthen it, while hiding a few scratches.
We hope you found this blog post on Maintaining Your Wood Flooring in Heavy-Use Areas useful. Be sure to check out our post on Is Choosing a Concrete Floor Worth It? for more great tips!
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