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After installing your hard wood floor don’t forget that you should take care of it. Floor mat is a great idea when it comes to hardwood floors. Dirt can damage your floor as tiny particles can scratch it. Place a floor mat at each entryway as dirt and grime will remain on the mat. Encourage your family to wipe their feet before entering the house. Also put a floor mat like near the kitchen sink where water could be spilled. In this way you will prevent possible water damage problems. But don’t forget to shake your mats out on a regular basis. Also use floor mats made especially for hardwood floors.
If you want your floor to maintain its original beauty, strive to keep it clean. First of all sweep your floor regularly. Buy a quality broom. Second, buy vacuum cleaner without a beater bar. This will help you clean hard to reach areas.
If you need to remove tough stains and spills buy professional cleaning products recommended by flooring retailer in order not to dull the finish of your wood floor. Use cleaning solutions that don’t leave a film or residue. Stay away from cleaners that contain ammonia or oil soaps. Try to clean the spills immediately and minimize water exposure as wood expands when it’s wet. So try to not wet mop your wood floor as this can cause your floor to crack.
Do your best to keep your laminate floors free of dust and dirt. Dirt and hard debris can cause scratches. This in its turn will dull your floors. Sweep and vacuum your laminate floors regularly to prevent the shine from becoming dulled. Also, your floors may look dull because of improper cleaning techniques prior applied. Most conventional floor cleaning solutions leave residue. It can be the cause of dull finish.
Remove the residue your floors may be coated with. Wipe the floor with straight vinegar. Repeat the process until the shine appears under the dull residue. Try it on a small area first.
Don’t spend your money on commercial cleaning solutions. Water is all you need to clean your laminate floors. Try to mop your floor as little as possible. Your floor will dry very quickly if you use a cloth mop to mop the floor. If after mopping you notice water marks on your floor, it may be because hard water. Add vinegar to water in order to prevent water marks while mopping.
Cleaning is not a remedy if you laminate floor is old. Unfortunately you may find it very difficult or even impossible to revive the floor’s shine. If after removing residue your floor is still dull it can mean that your floor surface is worn away. A mop on floor shiner can be a rescue if you want to bring shine back on to your laminate flooring. In order to keep you laminate floors shiny apply a couple of coats of floor polish. Do it evenly.
Would you like to adorn your home with a nice and comfortable surface? Installing new carpet is a great idea if you want to enhance the beauty of your room. The surface to be carpeted should be smooth and clean. Sweep and vacuum the floor thoroughly. Start the installation process by measuring the longest walls in your room. To determine the square yardage multiply the width and length, and divide by 9. Add 10-15 percent to allow for errors and irregularities.
Cut the tackless strips to size with heavy snips or a strip cutter. Nail the strips 1/2″ from the wall. Tackless strips come in a variety of thicknesses, widths, and heights. Make sure you’re using the correct size. Cut away the padding along the inside edge of the strip.
The carpet will be easier to handle outside. If it’s possible, take the carpet outside, and notch the back on both sides at the appropriate length. You might want someone to help you. Take carpet back to the room. Cut away excess carpet. Where the carpet edges join, you’ll need to create a seam.
Place a piece of seaming tape under the seam, adhesive side up. Heat the seaming iron to the temperature recommended by the tape manufacturer, and rest it directly on the tape for 20 to 30 seconds. After the pieces are joined, place heavy objects on the seam to hold it in place as the glue dries.
Attach the carpet to the tackless strips at one end of the room. Trim excess carpet with a wall trimmer. When all the carpet is in place, cut out the vent openings. And now when you’re done, there is one more thing to keep in mind. Don’t forget that the process of installing the carpet is only the beginning. You need to take care of your carpeting. Regular cleaning and maintenance will prolong the life of your carpeting and ensure the carpet looks its best. Follow the manufacture instructions and carefully clean your carpeting. If you’re not sure that you are aware of how to properly care for the carpeting, ask for help. You can hire professional carpet cleaning services that know how to serve your needs working within your budget constraints. You can be confident that the carpet you have installed will be well kept for many years to come.
Defining the floor cleaning method
If you want to clean your floors like a professional cleaner, you have to find out, what kind of floor you have, beforehand. For Swedish Finish Wood floors (most wood floors for last 25 years have Swedish Finish) you should use around 1 TBL of vinegar for a gallon of warm water.
Linoleum floors can be cleaned the same way, but they’re much more unpretentious, so you can scrub the spots out with a plastic brush. Make sure that you’ll dry all the water off the wood floors, because it will leave spots otherwise.
Tips for cleaning bamboo and marble floors
Pergo and bamboo floors can be cleaned with vinegar, but they require the minimum usage of water and immediate drying, because water can damage them. Remember, that you can never use vinegar for stone or marble floors. Any acid, including vinegar, will destroy them quickly.
You should use plain warm water, or add a half TSP of oil soap, helping you to dispose of dirt. As always, remember to dry your floors up immediately after cleaning, to prevent the water leftovers turn into spots.