Preventing harmful UV rays from entering your home minimizes the damage it can do to your floors. Sun rays can damage to your hardwood, cork, bamboo, and linoleum floors. Here are some ideas for protecting your floors to keep them looking better longer.
One of the most effective ways to safeguard your flooring is by applying solar films to windows. Curtains, shutters, awnings, and blinds can effectively keep sunlight out, but will also impede your view. Solar films can block up to 99.9% of harmful sun rays without blocking your view.
Some floors can be partially protected by applying special coatings to them. They can make a significant difference in reducing the impact of harmful sunlight if regularly applied
Rugs are a great way to add style, color and texture to a room while protecting your floors at the same time. Remember to rearrange your rugs regularly to prevent your floors from fading in certain areas.
Wooden floors may lose their sheen or luster and need reviving with an application of wood floor oil. Different shades of oil are available, including: clear, natural Oak, Walnut, white, grey and black. Oiling your floor can be a great opportunity to achieve a new, unique look, or simply revive the original appearance of your hardwood floor.
Keeping your newly oiled floor looking fresh and revitalized is easy. Wipe any water spills immediately. Always remove shoes and footwear before walking on the floor to prevent scratches and damage to your floor. Apply anti-scratch felt pads to the bottom of furniture. Sweep your floor daily to remove dirt and dust. Clean with a wood floor cleaning spray and microfiber cloth on a weekly basis. Always use products that are specifically designed for hardwood floors when oiling. Always read and follow the instructions carefully.
Compared to most other flooring, laminate floors are rather low maintenance. However, to get the best performance out of your laminate floor still requires an effort.
• Wipe up wet spills immediately. Water + Laminate = Disaster
• Sweep often. A soft-bristle broom can get up most of the pet hair, dust and dirt that collects on your floor.
• Excessive sun exposure can seriously damage a laminate floor. Use curtains or blinds on any south facing windows. A few strategically placed rugs can also help. Remember to prevent ‘tan marks’ from developing on your floor by rotating them regularly.
• Position doormats at all of your home’s entry points and encourage people to use them. Place mats under your furry friend’s water bowl and consider a mat under your baby’s high chair.
• Pet nails can do a lot of damage to a laminate floor if their nails aren’t kept trimmed. Ensure that your pets nails are trimmed on a regular basis so that they are never long enough to scratch your floors.
• Moving furniture can lead to scratches, scrapes and gouges on a laminate floor. Use protective pads to prevent them from causing damage.
• To grab the hard-to-reach dust in the corners of your rooms, use a soft-brush attachment on your vacuum.
• Avoid traditional wet mopping! Use a damp mop instead. Less water will seep in between your laminate seams. Use very hot water and a few drops of dish soap.
• Use a steam mop occasionally for a very deep clean. Not often because repeated steaming can cause the laminate to buckle.
• You can use a window cleaner occasionally for spills but ammonia can strip protective sealant.
To extend the life of your floor it will need a deeper clean every few weeks, requiring a specially designed cleaner for laminate floors – for best results, ask your flooring manufacturer for recommendations.
Hardwood floors start out rough. After the pieces are planed for a smooth finish, a tongue and groove is cut into their sides. Engineered floors are created from several layers of wood veneer pressed tightly together and can be laid directly on top of concrete slabs.
The best method of floor care will partly determined by its finish. Caring for waxed wood flooring is similar to a floor coated in polyurethane. However, waxed floors should be cleaned with a cleaning/waxing compound to lift dirt and add a fresh coat of wax. Polyurethane-coated floors should be cleaned with water and vinegar.
To find out if your floor is covered with wax or polyurethane drip some water onto it. If the water beads and remains on the surface, it’s probably polyurethane; if it soaks in after a few minutes, it’s probably coated with wax. Alternatively, wipe the floor using a rag dampened with mineral spirits. The cloth will develop a waxy feel if the floor is waxed.
If this is your first time refinishing floors, you’re probably better off hiring a professional. Not only will your floors look better and last longer, but they will be finished much faster if you hire a professional. You’ll also want to consider the value of your time vs the small amount of savings you’ll gain by doing this yourself. If you’re looking to save money you may be able to do that by moving the furniture, ripping up the carpet/staples yourself, and buying the polyurethane and stain yourself (try Walmart or Amazon).
There are some real risks and downsides if you attempt to refinish your own floors. Most novices sand the floors too deep and therefore shorten the life of their hardwood floors. Skilled professionals know how to avoid this. If you sand unevenly, you can create divots and dips in the floor, and these can be permanent. Even if you hire a professional later, the weight from the machine will follow the profile of the floor. Pine and/or older or softer wood floors are more susceptible to sloppy sandings, so be extra careful if your home was built before the 1920s.
Regardless, be sure to throw away all the materials safely. Keep bags of saw dust containing chemicals least 12 ft away from the house. The sawdust can spontaneously catch fire, especially in hot weather.
The brunt of the wear and tear on your home is received by its floors. They’re put to the test daily by dirty shoes, spills, and scratches from
pet claws, furniture, sweepers and more. The question is: how long before they need to be replaced?
Carpet generally lasts about 10 years. Tile, wood and laminate flooring can last as long as 25-30 years. Typically the amount of damage they face over the years is the determining factor.
If your carpet can’t seem to be restore it to its former glory with cleaning, it’s probably time for replacement. Smells that have penetrated the carpet padding can be challenging. Some stains from bleach, wine and pets won’t completely go away especially if they seep through to the padding below.
Carpet wear and tear is hard to reverse. Matting is a prime indicator when a deep cleaning does nothing to restore the carpet’s form. Rips and tears are also signs that the carpet needs to be replaced.
Solid hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished. Costs range between $3 and $7 per square foot to refinish the floors. However, replacing the floors with an alternative material like laminate or engineered hardwood may possibly cost less. If wider planks or a more durable material is what you’re looking for, replacing instead of refinishing the floor could be the better option.
Ceramic tile can last a lifetime. Broken tiles can be replaced. Stained grout can be cleaned and sealed. Unfortunately, the style of the tile can become outdated. Also, if your tile floor seems to be continually cracking, it may need replacing and your new floor should be outfitted with an uncoupling membrane. This membrane will add flexibility between the floor and the subfloor and help distribute the load of the floor evenly, thereby reducing the chance of cracking.
Whether the floor has seen water damage or just simple wear and tear, thin laminate or vinyl tile clearly displays when it’s at the end of its life. If it’s peeling up this shows that the adhesive is starting to fail and the floor should be replaced.
People can be intimidated into thinking that dark hardwood floors aren’t a good choice, settling for something easier to maintain, especially with a young family and dog. There was (and is) some logic to this. While beautiful, these floors are high maintenance. They have to be vacuumed at least once a day because -as predicted- every speck of dirt, dust, and dog hair shows. Other materials and colors are more inexpensive and durable. Dark hardwood is more commonly installed in bedrooms to avoid surface scratches.
The distressed tones for these hardwood floors can go a long way in achieving that rustic feel that any home would love to have. However, one of the problems with dark-colored hardwood floors is that the stains would always be visible. This can’t be completely fixed. Dark tones on hardwood will be very reflective so a satin or matte finish is used to control the amount of light that will be reflected. These commercially available finishes will reduce the reflections to a noticeable extend. If you love dark tones in hardwood floors, weekly attention to detail is the price you pay to keep you house as beautiful as possible.