Flooring is one of the most expensive aspects of any home, with most new floors costing at least three figures before you even begin to factor in labour costs. As a result, when you have gone to the effort of installing new flooring in your home, it’s natural that you’ll want to ensure that floor stays in pristine condition for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, most homeowners tend to struggle when seeking to preserve their flooring. Floors are, after all, designed to be walked on, but even floors laid in light-traffic areas will soon begin to show signs of wear and tear. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to ensure your floors will last as long as possible, starting with…
Enforce a “no shoes” policy
Yes, a “no shoes” policy can be controversial, but the simple reality is that footwear – and particularly footwear such as high stiletto heels or heavy work boots – will quickly reduce the longevity of any floor. When welcoming guests to your home it is, therefore, best to ask them to remove their shoes. Most people will oblige, so you can look forward to your floors lasting that little bit longer.
Rugs are a fantastic way of protecting your flooring from sustaining damage, while also adding a splash of colour and intrigue to the floor itself. Wherever possible, look for large rugs that can cover the most high-traffic part of a room – the central area – with ease. While there is always the risk that the rug may eventually show signs of wear and tear, it’s important to note that replacing a rug is far more affordable – and far less hassle – than replacing an entire floor.
Avoid harsh cleaning products
While conventional cleaning products are more than capable of removing dirt, they usually do so at a high price, damaging the floor itself or causing unsightly pale patches to develop. It’s therefore usually best to plump for the lightest possible cleaning option, which offers enough cleaning power to remove the dirt, but won’t damage the floor itself. There are plenty of ‘light’ floor cleaners available in stores, or you can try making one yourself using natural products if you prefer.
Be cautious when vacuuming
Vacuuming is a quick, easy, and efficient way of removing dirt and debris from your floor, but the process is also pretty tough on the floor itself – the head of the vacuum tends to make a series of small impacts, and vacuum wheels can cause dents and chips as they move across the space. While it may be best to consider sweeping with a conventional brush rather than vacuuming, such a suggestion is far from practical, so it’s usually best to be extremely careful every time you vacuum – go slowly, and wherever possible opt to use the handheld (and thus gentler) attachment tools rather than the main unit.
Hopefully, the tips above should help to ensure that all of the floors in your home can last for as long as possible – good luck!