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The Best Ways to Care for Your Floors

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by

The floors of your home can make or break your decor. So, it should come as no surprise that keeping your floors in good shape goes a long way to maintaining a great looking interior in your home. Besides aesthetics, proper care and maintenance will help your flooring last longer, saving you money and adding resale value to your home. The flooring specialists at Unique Flooring in San Diego offer these do’s and don’ts for protecting the most common types of flooring.

Hardwood
Hardwood floors look great and add a warmth and charm that just can’t be matched. To keep hardwood floors looking great, only purchase cleaners specially made for hardwood or make your own hardwood cleaning solution at home. Additionally, colored markers can help cover up minor scratches. For deeper damage, however, the floors will need to be sanded and re-stained.

To prevent damage to your hardwood floors in the first place, never push furniture across the floor, place protective pads on the feet of any furniture, including chairs, tables, bookcases, or the bed, and never let water stand for too long–it can warp the wood.

Laminate
Laminate floors are more popular than ever thanks to their affordability, versatility, and durability. Use a dust mop or vacuum with soft bristle brush to clean the floors, and avoid cleaning with a wet mop or spray mop. Unlike hardwood floors, you cannot sand down the flaws on laminate flooring to cover up deep scratches. As a result, it’s vital to prevent this damage in the first place.

Consider using rugs in high-traffic areas, make sure anyone entering the home removes their shoes, and keep pets’ nails trimmed. Additionally, make sure that you buy a laminate appropriate for your lifestyle.

Ceramic tile
Ceramic tile, when cared for properly, is perhaps the most durable of all flooring materials. Generally, you’ll only need a damp rag or a dust mop to spot clean messes. However, the grout lines are points of weakness that will need to be replaced every so often. Thankfully, by properly sealing grout lines, you can help them last longer and prevent staining.

Whatever flooring you have, it’s a long-term investment that should be properly maintained and well cared for. If you’re glancing down at the floor and thinking it might be time for a change, call (760) 945-0010 to speak with a flooring specialist at Unique Flooring San Diego. We offer a wide variety of flooring options to suit every taste and budget, as well as free consultations.

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