How to Maintain Your Floor
All our floors are designed to be enjoyed. Technical innovation and surface treatments make them very easy to look after, but a little care and attention will keep them looking good and lasting longer. You’ll find a few easy maintenance tips here that will help you enjoy the beauty of your floor longer.
The Finishing Touches
Once you've finished installing the floor it just needs a final clean before you start to move in the furniture. For vinyl that means a wipe with a damp cloth, warm water and a natural detergent. For laminate and wood just brush off any remaining dirt or dust and rub all over with a dry cloth to remove the last little bits. Then you're ready to move in.
A Clean Sweep
For most of us there's always a temptation to leave cleaning the floor until it really has to be done. But the longer everyday dirt and stains are left, the more ingrained they become. So quick regular cleaning is less work and more effective than a once-a-month blitz and it will keep your floors looking good and lasting longer.
Keep the floor in top condition by sweeping with a soft brush or vacuuming and regular cleaning with water and a neutral detergent.
Vacuum or wipe with a dry mop. Ideally, you should wipe the floor all over every couple of weeks with a damp (not wet) mop sprayed with a laminate cleaning solution. Finish with a quick wipe with a dry mop or cloth.
A wipe with a buffing cloth or sweeping with a broom is all you need to keep the floor looking good. From time to time clean with a damp (never wet) cloth and one of the wide range of wood cleaning products. There are excellent environmentally friendly options.
Unlike some types of covering, such as carpet, the surface treatment on floors prevents spots and stains. They won't be spoiled if you drop drinks, food, paint etc., but even so it is always best to clean up as soon as possible. Use a dry cloth and the recommended cleaning agent. Always read the manufacturer's instructions before using cleaning solutions and never spray them directly onto the floor.
Wood Scratches, Gaps and Cracks
After extended periods of wear, even the tough lacquers on wood floors may start to show scratches. Lacquer floor cleaners will rapidly bring a glow back to your floor.
A badly scratched floor can be made as good as new with light sanding and a new coat of lacquer.
If cracks or gaps appear they can be filled with putty, or wax bars for larger gaps. These easy to apply products are available in a variety of colors to match the floor.
The Right Products
Of course, sometimes the floor will need a more thorough clean. You should only use the cleaning products specifically designed for vinyl, laminate and wood and always follow the instructions on the container. Most important, never drown the floor - use a damp cloth, mop or sponge, never a wet one.
- Use a doormat at the entrance to stop dirt being brought into your home.
- Felt or plastic protection on the bottom of furniture legs will prevent dents, scratches and marks.
- Lift rather than sliding heavy furniture to move it.
- Never spray cleaning products straight on to the floor.
- Don't use polish or wax.
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