Choosing the flooring for a house is a decision that many homeowners find challenging. However, many people don’t take into account factors other than just the appearance. When making this choice, it’s important to keep in mind the maintenance needs of different types. Here’s how to care for five of the most popular flooring options. With these tips, floors of all kinds will look amazing for years to come.
Wood is a popular choice for homes because of its beauty and one-of-a-kind appearance, but it does require special care. Cleaning should involve sweeping at least once a week to prevent dirt from scratching the surface of the wood. Keep surfaces dry-avoid wet mopping and wipe spills immediately. Only certain cleaning products can be used on wood. Avoid oil soaps, products containing acids (including citrus), silicon-based products, waxes, and concentrated cleaners that require adding water. Also, keep windows covered, because the sun can cause wood to fade over time. Rugs can protect high-traffic areas from wear.
Carpet is comfortable and warm, but unfortunately, it tends to stain and show wear more quickly than other flooring options. To keep dirt and other debris from becoming embedded into the carpet, homeowners should vacuum daily and use doormats to limit the amount of tracked-in dirt. Spills should be cleaned as quickly as possible to keep them from setting into the carpet. Also, regular shampooing can help maintain the carpet’s original appearance.
Vinyl is popular because it is durable and inexpensive. It’s also versatile because it can be manufactured in an endless variety of styles. Vinyl is very easy to clean. Sweep regularly and mop as needed with a gentle cleaner that is specially designed for vinyl. However, only warm water should be used for mopping, as hot water can damage the finish and may even cause the vinyl to warp.
Marble is a beautiful, elegant, and classic choice for any home. However, it is a porous natural stone, which means it can absorb spills and become stained. As with other types of flooring, spills should be wiped up immediately. If the spill is an acidic substance, the area should be cleaned with a damp soapy cloth. Do not use any abrasive materials for cleaning, including steel wool or cleaners with grit for scrubbing.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are popular choices for flooring in kitchens and bathrooms. With proper care, this beautiful, natural material will last for years. Anyone who chooses ceramic should be prepared to sweep daily, as dirt and grit can scratch and dull the surface of ceramic tile. Also, only a rag or chamois mop with hot water and a gentle cleaner should be used for deep cleaning.