Flooring is one of the most important aspects of a room to consider. Whether it’s the functional capabilities of the floor or the beauty it brings to the space, the right floor can truly make a room come together.
But, even the toughest floor needs some love. No matter the material, it needs proper care and maintenance to remain durable and beautiful.
In this month’s post, we’ll explain how to care for some of our most popular flooring solutions so you can keep your floor looking great for years to come.
Despite being such a beautiful and durable flooring option, concrete floors are susceptible to stains, cracks, and dust build up. This makes regular maintenance crucial to keeping your concrete floor looking great and staying tough.
Although concrete flooring is tough as nails, it’s still important to use the right cleaning materials. You should use cleaners with a neutral pH balance, such as:
Avoid cleaning products like:
Using these harsh, acidic materials could damage your concrete floor’s finish over time.
Cleaning your concrete floor is easy! Try the step-by-step process below for the best results.
In addition to regular maintenance, consider polishing your concrete floor every two years to keep it looking fresh. This will also extend its life!
There is no denying the beauty of hardwood floors! Unfortunately, with this beauty comes a higher level of required maintenance. More than any other flooring material, you need to be on top of hardwood floor maintenance.
It’s important to be careful when cleaning hardwood flooring. In general, moisture and your hardwood floors should not come in contact. This means using a dry cleaning tool, like a mop with a microfiber pad. Vacuums without a beater bar also work well for picking up dirt and debris.
Cleaning Products to Always Avoid:
Given the necessary maintenance required to keep your hardwood floors in good shape, we recommend a regimented approach to hardwood floor maintenance.
In addition to this maintenance schedule, we recommend:
Tile floors are a classic, versatile option for kitchens and bathrooms. While some care is required (of course), tile flooring is one of the lower maintenance flooring options available.
Tile flooring is less sensitive to cleaning solutions than concrete or hardwood. We recommend:
Despite its reputation as a low maintenance flooring option, we still recommend cleaning your tile flooring regularly.
Carpets can be a warm, comfortable, budget-conscious addition to any home…
Unfortunately, they are also susceptible to stains and other damage. Luckily, with proper care and maintenance, you can keep your rugs fresh and clean!
Unlike other flooring options, carpets require unique methods to fight stains. Soap and water usually won’t cut it.
Some cleaning options for your carpet include:
Depending on the type of cleaning you need to do, there are a couple different actions you need to take:
Vacuuming is the most basic, yet probably essential, of all the cleaning actions for your carpet. Generally, you should be cleaning your carpet a few times a week. Make sure to use the hose attachment to access those hard to reach places!
Spot Cleaning Stains
Spot cleaning only needs to be done on an “as needed” basis. Still, as any parent will tell you, stains happen all the time. Use carpet shampoo for stains (or a vinegar/water solution for smelly stains!). Make sure to blot the stain with the cleaner as opposed to rubbing it.
Many homeowners hire carpet cleaners to deep clean their carpets. There are also a number of consumer systems available that will likely save you money in the long run. It’s good to do this at least once a year to ensure your carpet remains clean! It will also extend the life of your carpet.
Need a flooring option that fits your lifestyle? Rock Solid Waterproofing can help you decide on what flooring is best for your particular needs. We’ll be the most efficient and cost-effective option out there! Give us a call today at (360) 887-0421 to get started.