The floor is perhaps the most important part of a home. Ranking only after the exterior, the floor has to weather the most in terms of dust, grime, stains, etc. However, proper care for floors can not only guarantee long life but also leave them looking as new as ever. It does not really matter what kind of flooring you have, it could be hardwood, solid, laminate or engineered, nevertheless you ought to take care of the floor and make it a habit instead of relying on cleaners to come and do their job at intervals. To start with you need to educate yourself well on the various floor cleaning techniques that apply to your home. You can spread your floor cleaning regime into three parts, daily, weekly and quarterly.
As a daily cleaning practice all you need to do is dust your floor with a soft cloth or a broom with soft bristles. Microfibers are also a good alternative for cloth. Dust mopping daily will do tons of good to your floor, preventing dust particles from settling down leading to scratches. The weekly cleaning can be wet but provided you do it the right way. It is a wrong practice to pour water or any other cleaning liquid on the floor as this is harmful. Using a damp cloth is always a better idea. Opt for biodegradable, non-toxic cleaners that have no damaging effects on the floor. The next step in cleaning is when you go for quarterly cleaning. For these periodic cleaning exercises, you can use polish to restore the luster to your floors. Again opt for polishes that are non-toxic, dries fast, has no wax built-up and doubles up as a protective layer to prevent scratches and give an even appearance to the floor.
In addition to a regular cleaning schedule, following a few dos and don’ts will go a long way in maintaining the look and luster of your flooring.
- Wipe up spills immediately as most liquids tend to leave back stubborn stains.
- Maintain a balanced atmosphere inside the house, making sure that the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. It is also crucial to maintain the right amount of humidity to prevent excessive dryness.
- If you have a pet, trim nails regularly to avoid scratches.
- Use appropriate equipment best suited to clean your type of flooring.
- Choose your floor cleaning agent with care. Opt for non-toxic versions. If you are making your own cleaning solution, then ensure that you add constituents in exact proportions.
- High heels and furniture are two most common causes of scratches on the floor. High heels create dents on the floor, so even if you are wearing high heels, walk lightly. Also it is a good idea to place carpets and rugs. Furniture mats are a must as they form a protective layer over the floor.
- It is not possible to completely dust proof your home, but you can certainly reduce the amount of dust that comes in by keeping door mats at entry points.
- Last but not the least hire professional help for new coat of finish every few years. Doing this will spare you from replacing the flooring for years.