How to Care for Your Floors After Installation
Once you have enjoyed the luxuriant flooring services from CVM Enterprises Inc. and have admired our handiwork, you might wonder how to take care of the floors and keep them looking brand new for years to come.
In this post, we will discuss the importance of keeping your floors maintained, how often it should be done, and how to clean different types of flooring.
Since we are flooring experts and passionate about our work, we have some of the industry's best tips to help you care for your floors. Let's take a look!
The Importance of Floor Maintenance
Floor maintenance is critical for keeping your floor in the best shape possible.
You shouldn't break your back over maintaining your floors but doing semi-regular maintenance is the ticket to success.
By floor maintenance, what do we mean? Depending on the kind of flooring installed, maintenance is the act of caring for it. The best way to care for your floors is to keep them clean, including taking care of spills right away.
How Often Should You Clean Your Floors
To keep your floors in the best shape, it is best to clean your floors once a month. Different flooring materials have their own requirements for maintenance and cleaning.
If your flooring is finished with a hard top material, the best way to clean it is to wash it. In many cases, mopping will suffice. However, if you have tile, mopping incorrectly will result in more grout than necessary.
If you have carpeted floors, the carpeting should be washed once or twice per year and thoroughly vacuumed weekly. If you notice that your carpeting is starting to gather dirt and dust, it's time to break out the vacuum.
Let’s explore other flooring types.
Grout can gather up quickly. If you have tile floors in high traffic areas like hallways, kitchens, or in more common spaces like a bathroom or shower, if grout grime isn't there yet, you can bet that it is on its way.
The best way to clean grout is to mix 2 cups of warm water with ¼ cup of a strong cleaning agent like Oxy Clean. Pour the solution onto the targeted grimy grout areas, let the solution sit for about five minutes, and start scrubbing with a course hand brush. The grime will come off your grout easily, and you'll see the original color of your grout in no time. The secret to making this an easy job is not to let the grime accumulate for too long.
The best way to clean your ceramic tile flooring is to use a wet mop with a mild floor cleaner. Mix hot water with some vinegar and ½ tablespoon of dish soap. Too much dish soap will leave a residue and make your floors look dull. Avoid that issue by only mixing a little bit in. Before you start mopping, make sure to rinse or clean the mop head if it is dirty.
Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Mopping is a great way to clean your laminate or vinyl plank floors. However, for this kind of flooring, a microfiber mop or towel will be ideal as moisture shouldn’t sit for too long on the lamination or adhesive coating.
Another important point to mention about mopping laminate or luxury vinyl plank floors is that a damp mop method works best. If you have a standard mop, you'll want to wring it as dry as you can before use. Excess water will just leave unwanted streaks.
The best way to clean your hardwood is with a damp mop. You don’t want to apply too much moisture to the floors as water will dull your wood finish or cause stains. We suggest using wood-specific cleaning solutions for a deep clean.
But for regular maintenance and cleaning, a simple dusting and wiping with a soft mop will suffice.
Natural Stone Flooring
A dish soap mixture is a very effective method for your stone floors. If you are going this route, go easy on how much water you use because it can leave unwanted streaks.
If you'd like to use a more direct method, there are stone soaps. There is a product called Lithofin that is designed specifically to clean stone. It will work wonders on your stone floors when mixed with hot or warm water.
Marble is a slightly delicate, very porous material, but it has a lot of benefits that homeowners love. Because it is such a special stone, many marble floor owners wonder about the best way to clean their beautiful marble.
The short answer is to steer widely away from anything acidic. Creating a hot water mixture with a neutral cleaning agent is your best bet. Try to avoid vinegar and baking soda as much as you can. If you have no other option, do so with caution.
Commercial Floor Maintenance
The best way to maintain your commercial floors will be to hire a professional floor stripping and waxing professional.
If you have a wide-open commercial space, consider the help of a professional. With as much industry experience as we have, we can recommend local floor cleaners with the CVM Enterprises Inc. stamp of approval.
The best way to take care of your floors is to keep an eye on them and ask yourself if they are shining as brightly as they could. Another thing to do is do a deep clean on your floors after the new floor has been installed. Once you have your floors shined up, you'll know how nice they can look, and you'll have single-handedly raised the bar on your property.
Clean floors are always a sight to behold. Follow the advice listed above for clean floor success!