Okay so now that you have your new floor, you probably want to know how to take care of it. Maintenance varies a lot between materials and some are much easier to manage than others.
Firstly, no matter the material, you will definitely need to invest in a doormat if you don’t already own one. Keeping your flooring from getting dirty in the first place is much more efficient than cleaning it whenever it does. This may seem like common sense to some people but you’d be surprised! Getting felt pads and gliders for furniture is also a great way to reduce likelihood of scratches. Now on to the floor-specific techniques.
You’re going to want to avoid any sort of hard scrubbing or heavy duty products to extinguish the dirt. Instead you should opt for frequent sweeping and vacuuming to avoid any dirt from staying where it shouldn’t. There are vinyl/hybrid-specific cleaning products you can use to clean your floor but we’ve also seen that just a small squirt of shampoo diluted in warm water can do the trick too. Although vinyl and hybrid flooring are waterproof, please do not turn your living room into a swimming pool! Drenching your floor can lead to water seeping through cracks and getting to the glue that’s holding it down, causing an array of problems. Use a damp mop with either vinyl/hybrid-specific cleanser or the shampoo concoction mentioned earlier. If you see you have more moisture left over than intended, quickly mop it up with a dry mop before it becomes a problem.
With Engineered Oak flooring you can also use a damp mop or cloth. Make sure you sweep before you mop to remove any debris that may scratch your floor when you mop/vacuum. Protect your flooring from UV rays by making sure your blinds are closed whenever possible and perhaps covering up areas that are constantly under direct sunlight with a rug to avoid colour disfiguration. If you have pets you’re going to want to keep their nails short to avoid scratches, especially if they’re super energetic running amok in your home. Whenever there is a spill you must wipe it up as soon as possible to avoid any damage. Also avoid putting any electrical appliances directly on your wooden floors as the heat can cause damage over time. The main benefit of real wood flooring is the advantage of being able to sand and polish your flooring whenever the wear and tear builds up. Don’t think budget when hiring someone to sand and polish your floor. Make sure it is someone who’s incredibly good at their job as this will ensure the flooring can be sanded and polished multiple times (depending on the wear layer). These also apply to Bamboo and Timber floorings as well.
Laminate flooring is fairly resilient when it comes to maintenance. Depending on the AC rating, it’s not going to scratch easily. If your laminate flooring is not waterproof, you want to take similar steps to cleaning your engineered flooring. If it’s waterproof, the vinyl/hybrid approach is also viable. Laminate is the easiest floor to take care of – just a damp mop with a solution of your choice (deemed appropriate for your flooring) and your laminate flooring will be clean! Unfortunately, a small scratch or dent cannot be sanded and polished away so you must avoid any rough contact with the floor and take as many precautions as possible.
Please note that this is just a basic guide and that these cleaning methods are not valid for every brand or every product within its category. Consumers should always follow the brands method of cleaning their product over any other advice. You can easily Google guides for your specific product or even ask us for a brochure after we’ve installed your floor.