Hardwood and laminate flooring are two of the most popular flooring materials on the market today. For decades, hardwood has been a classic option because of its durability and timeless aesthetic. You add instant value as well as a touch of class to a home residence or commercial property with California hardwood flooring.
Laminate floors are ideal for high traffic areas of the home (i.e. hallways) as well as areas that are subject to moisture (i.e. kitchens, bathrooms) because they are easy to clean and highly resistant to scratches. Many people opt for laminate flooring because they have young children or pets. There are a wide variety of laminate flooring options available, many of which offer an expensive look, giving your home a chic aesthetic.
Regardless of the flooring that you choose for your home, office building, or retail space, it’s critical to care for it properly. With the right maintenance, you can greatly extend the life of your floor. Adhere to the following care tips for your hardwood and laminate flooring.
You should vacuum or dust mop hardwood floors every other day. If you vacuum, use a soft brush head as opposed to a beater bar or hard bristle brush. Placing mats at the entrances to your home as well as the entrances to rooms with hardwood flooring decreases the amount of dust particles that get into the floor. You may also want to place throw rugs in high traffic areas and any region that may get wet (i.e. in front of the kitchen sink) to minimize scratching and other damage. It’s much easier to clean or replace a rug when it gets wet or torn than it is to replace the hardwood floor.
You’ll also reduce scratching by placing felt pads under the furniture, keeping pets’ nails trimmed, and avoiding walking on the floors with high heels and athletic cleats. Choose soft plastic guides or guides with fabric facing for table, chair, and other furniture legs. It may not seem like an individual wearing high heels or athletic cleats would do a lot of damage to a hardwood floor. However, a 125 pound woman wearing high heels may apply as much as 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on a floor surface.
If water spills on hardwood flooring, clean it up as soon as possible. Avoid using bleaches, harsh cleaners, vinegar, and detergents with high pH levels. Ideally the humidity level should be between 35 and 55 percent in all hardwood rooms. Humidity indicators are readily available at hardware stores and online retailers.
It is important to clean laminate flooring on a regular basis. You can use a vacuum or dust mop. Unlike hardwood flooring, laminate flooring has a protective thick external resin coat, which means that a hard bristle brush or beater bar won’t damage the finish. Avoid waxing or polishing the floors and steer clear of harsh chemicals and cleaners.
If you wet mop the floor, start with a regular sweeping to get rid of dirt and debris. Then take care to squeeze out the excess water thoroughly so that you don’t leave standing water that can damage the floor. When scrubbing out a stain, choose a soft cloth as opposed to a hard scrubbing pad. If something gets spilled on laminate, clean it up right away. Do you have laminate flooring right inside of an exterior entrance door? Place a mat next to the door to prevent tracking, minimize moisture, and trap dirt.
Whether you have hardwood or laminate flooring, you should steer clear of wet mopping as it can leave excess water behind that seeps into the floor grooves, damaging the flooring underneath. Always take time to squeeze out the excess water from the mop to eliminate this issue. You should also avoid using steam cleaners and power cleaners. When you use a cleaner, spray it onto a dry or damp cloth and then clean a specific area instead of applying cleaner right on the floor, which can compromise the color.
Finally, sliding heavy furnishings or appliances over hardwood or laminate flooring can damage the surface. If you’re going to be moving a heavy item across your hardwood or laminate floor, place a piece of plywood or heavy cardboard down first.
If you ever have any questions about caring for your California hardwood flooring or laminate flooring, contact a local commercial flooring company. They can provide professional advice to ensure that your floors remain in top condition for years to come.