Make floors shine like new

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

Floor­ing should last for years. The on­line home im­prove­ment re­source HomeAd­vi­sor es­ti­mates that the av­er­age cost of a floor­ing pro­ject ranges from $357 for vinyl or linoleum floor­ing to $4,240 for wood floor­ing. Home­own­ers in­vest­ing in new floor­ing do not want to re­place floors too fre­quently, and keep­ing floors look­ing like new takes ef­fort and main­te­nance.

Sweep and clean

Restor­ing shine to floor­ing in­volves mak­ing sure the floor is clean. Dirt and grime can di­min­ish the color and look of floor­ing. Home­own­ers are urged to use prod­ucts de­signed for their par­tic­u­lar floor­ing ma­te­rial, such as wood, lam­i­nate, stone, or vinyl. Prod­ucts of­ten­times are not in­ter­change­able.

Be­gin by thor­oughly sweep­ing or vac­u­um­ing the floor. Clean along all sur­faces of the floor, in­clud­ing un­der fur­ni­ture where dust and dirt tends to ac­cu­mu­late. Use the hard-floor set­ting on a vac­uum to avoid hav­ing the brush rolls scratch or dam­age the floor­ing. Lam­i­nate can scratch eas­ily and hard­wood floor­ing is not im­per­vi­ous to dings and scratches. Quite of­ten a dry mop or a static-charged mop­ping cloth ef­fec­tively picks up de­bris left be­hind on many floor­ing sur­faces.

Al­though many com­mer­cial clean­ers can clean floor­ing, home­made mop­ping solutions are some­times just as ef­fec­tive. Keep in mind that wood, lam­i­nate and vinyl should not be soaked in wa­ter. A lit­tle liq­uid can go a long way on these sur­faces. Wa­ter and other liq­uids can seep be­tween lam­i­nate and wood boards, po­ten­tially con­tribut­ing to swelling and dam­age over time. Also, re­sist the urge to use too much soap. Soap can leave be­hind a residue that dulls the fin­ish of the floor.

Vine­gar-based solutions can work well on a wide va­ri­ety of floor­ing types and help cut through any sticky residue left be­hind from cook­ing, clean­ing and the ac­tiv­i­ties of daily life. Many wood-floor­ing clean­ers and pol­ishes are oil-based to con­di­tion the wood in the process. When­ever mak­ing one’s own so­lu­tion, test a small amount in an in­con­spic­u­ous spot to make sure it will not dam­age the floor­ing.

Pro­tec­tion

An­other way to pro­long the life of floor­ing is to pro­tect it from wear and tear. Re­mov­ing shoes be­fore walk­ing in­doors can help. Avoid high heels and ath­letic cleats, which can cre­ate div­ots in hard­wood and some other types of floor­ing.

Place in­door and out­door mats at the en­trances of the home to catch any dirt that would be ground into the floor­ing. Fur­ni­ture pro­tec­tors will help pre­vent scratches from fur­ni­ture feet while mov­ing pieces around a room.

Re­mem­ber to wipe up spills when they oc­cur to pre­vent the for­ma­tion of stains.

These steps can keep floors in top form and pre­vent pre­ma­ture ag­ing or dam­age. Floors that are in es­pe­cially bad shape may need pro­fes­sional restora­tion or re­place­ment.

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