Caring for your Carpet
If you love your new carpet and want to keep it looking great for years to come, these steps will help!
- We recommend that walk-off mats be used at all entrances of the carpeted area. These will absorb excess dirt and moisture and prevent unnecessary wear, especially if the mats are cleaned on a regular basis.
- Use a pad to give your carpet better resilience underfoot. Your Flooring Liquidators Sales Representative will assist you in choosing the correct pad for your room.
- Heavy furniture should be moved occasionally to prevent permanently crushing the carpet, and floor protectors should be placed under furniture legs.
- Protect your carpet from prolonged periods of direct sunlight with Window Treatments.
Vacuuming your carpet on a regular basis is the most important step in caring for your new Flooring Liquidators carpet. Vacuum thoroughly and frequently, particularly in high-traffic areas. Bear in mind that walking on soiled carpet permits the soil particles to work their way below the surface of the pile where they are far more difficult to remove and can damage the fibers. Frequent vacuuming removes these particles from the surface before this happens. For rooms with light traffic, clean your carpet by vacuuming the traffic lanes twice weekly and the entire area once weekly. Those areas with heavier traffic require that the traffic lanes be vacuumed daily and the entire area twice weekly. Up to three passes of the machine will suffice for light soiling, but five to seven passes are necessary for heavily soiled areas. Change the vacuuming direction occasionally to help stand the pile upright and reduce matting.
We recommend having your carpet professionally cleaned using a hot water extraction method (aka steam cleaning) every 12 to 18 months. Experienced, professional cleaners have specialized equipment that has more extraction power than do-it-yourself rental units. True professionals have made the investment in training to understand the equipment and to know the proper cleaning agents for the situation at hand. They are also more likely to recognize differences in fibers and carpet construction, and your carpet should dry more quickly with this method.
Hardwood/Bamboo Flooring Care
If you have hardwood flooring, these helpful tips will help you take care of your beautiful investment.
Hardwood Flooring Do's
- Use a damp cloth to blot spills and spots as soon as they happen. For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, tar, or cigarette marks, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe with a damp cloth. Always avoid allowing liquids to stand on your floor.
- Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt and grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
- Occasionally wipe the floor with a damp mop or cloth.
- Periodically clean the floor with floor covering care products.
Hardwood Flooring Don'ts
- Do not use oil based, wax, polish, or strong ammoniated or abrasive cleaners.
- Do not use steel wool or scouring powder.
- Do not wash or wet-mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
- Do not use any type of buffing machine.
Ceramic Flooring Care
Follow these simple instructions to care for your ceramic floor.
- Damp mop your flooring at least one time per week (more often for heavy traffic areas). Never use a detergent or soap, because it can dull the surface or promote the growth of mildew.
- Use protective mats – good quality entry and exit mats will help protect your ceramic tile from premature wear. They trap the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that would otherwise be tracked onto your floor. Mats are also suggested at heavy pivot locations, such as in front of your kitchen sink or stove.
- Add protective pads to furniture – protect your tile by affixing felt or similar pads to the legs of any metal, iron, wood, or plastic furniture that will be placed on it. Exterior metal furniture which rests on tile floors or patios may rust and cause staining.
Laminate Flooring Care
Although Laminate Flooring is known for its durability, caring for your flooring in the right way will help it to look fabulous now and years from now.
- Remove loose dirt by using a non beater bar vacuum or a dust mop.
- Use any reputable laminate floor cleaner. Follow recommended guidelines & avoid the use of water.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, soap based detergents, waxes, polishes, or scouring powder because they may scratch or dull the flooring surface.
- Wipe up spills immediately. Avoid allowing liquids to stand on your floor.
- A more frequent dust mopping or vacuuming schedule may be required in high traffic or sandy areas.
- For tough spots, such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape the spot with a plastic scraper. Even a credit card will do. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- Do not use any type of buffing machine. Any laminate flooring may scratch if not maintained properly. Following these simple steps will protect your laminate floor and keep it looking like new.
Use Protective Mats:
High quality entry and exit mats will help collect the dirt, moisture, grime, and sand that can damage your laminate floor.
Use Protectors on Furniture:
Place glides or floor protectors under furniture legs. For items on caster wheels, use only clean, seamless plastic wheels to prevent scratches.
Frequently vacuum using a non-beater bar vacuum cleaner or dust mop to remove dirt and grime.
- Footprints and dirt easily wipe away with a moist cloth. Just wring cloth well before use. It is recommended to remove any wet spills immediately to avoid liquid penetration into the seams.
- Use caution when moving large appliances such as refrigerator, ranges, etc. Use protective mats at exterior entrances and in heavy traffic areas.
- Don’t use “mop-and-shine” products. They’ll leave a dull film. Never wax or polish your floor.
- Routine cleaning requires just vacuuming, dusting with a clean, dry cloth, or a damp mop to prevent loose dirt or grit from scratching your floor’s finish.
- Use non-staining walk-off mats by the entrance of all outside doorways.
- Use a damp mop to remove footmarks and most stubborn dirt. Always be sure that your mop has been thoroughly wrung out. Never wet mop, or use excessive amounts of water on your the laminate floor.
- Marks and stubborn stains can easily be removed with Acetone™ nail polish remover or other mild, solvents containing alcohol.
- The use of “soap-free” cleaners on a regular basis is all you need to do to keep your floor looking beautiful for many years.
Caring for your Vinyl Flooring
To keep your floor clean
- Sweep the floor with a soft bristle broom to remove loose dirt.
- Wash the floor with non-abrasive floor cleaner.
- For every day maintenance, a mop moistened with warm water will suffice.
- Make sure furniture legs have large surface, non-staining floor protectors. Replace small, narrow metal or dome-shaped glides with smooth, flat glides that are in flat contact with the floor.
- Heavy furniture or appliances that are not moved often should be equipped with flat, non-staining composition furniture casters or cups of appropriate size.
Caring for your Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring needs to be kept free of dust, dirt and grit. Even the tiniest particles of dirt can cause minute scratches on its surface. Sweeping regularly with a soft broom will ensure that dust doesn't do any damage, however additional steps should be taken to make sure that dirt and grit on the soles of shoes aren't brought into contact with the surface of the floor. This can be done by placing wipe mats both at the entrances to your premises and in the doorways leading to each room.
Be Sure To Tread Carefully
High heeled shoes can damage a bamboo floor. It is not recommended that you allow such shoes to come into contact with your floor as the load pressure on such a narrow point of contact can exert a huge amount of pressure on the floor causing it to become dented.
If using a rug on your bamboo floor, make sure that it is a type that is suitable for use on wooden or bamboo flooring. Rubber backed rugs should be avoided as they may cause discoloration of the flooring because the floor is unable to breathe through the rubber.
Protective pads should be placed under the ends of legs on chairs, tables and cupboards, etc. The thick fabric / felt type are usually best. If some of your furniture items are on casters remove them if practical or place fabric backed caster cups / floor protectors under them.
Under no circumstances be tempted to drag any heavy furniture items across a bamboo floor as doing so may leave deep gouge or scrape marks and will probably damage your floor beyond economical repair.
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Change the position of your furniture and rugs periodically. Some floors may fade slightly over time, this will ensure that the natural change of color is evenly spread. Some new types of bamboo floors are now said to be manufactured in a special way to minimize fading.
Try to use the bamboo flooring manufacturers recommended cleaning products on your floor. The manufacturers really do know what they are talking about and you can therefore be certain the product they recommend is the best for your floor. Manufacturers may sometimes stipulate that only a certain brand or type of cleaning agent should be used on the floor that they have supplied. If this is the case, be careful that you do not invalidate your warranty by using another brand or type.
Protect Your Bamboo Floor With Some Cool Shades
Direct sunlight can cause some types of bamboo floor to become discolored. It may happen if the floor is exposed to highly concentrated sun rays for long periods, such as through an unscreened window at certain times of the day. If you have a floor that may be affected, take care to shield it from the suns rays by using screens, net curtains or blinds.
Spills should be cleaned up immediately. If liquid spills are left for a long period of time they may seep into your floor and cause deep staining which may be impossible to remove.
Remember, spending a little time looking after your bamboo flooring will ensure that it continues to look good and lasts for many years and will be sure to help eliminate the need for any major maintenance to be carried out.
Caring for your Cork Flooring
Care for your floor and it will return the favor, many times over
Regularly spend a little time on some light cleaning of your cork floors surface. This can be done with a light dust mop. A vacuum cleaner can also be used but preferably one without a beater brush. Wet cleaning is not advised, however a very slightly damp mop can be used so long as the moisture from it is light enough to quickly evaporate and therefore not settle on the floors surface.
Take care not to drag furniture across the floor as this may cause deep gouge marks, or irreparable damage in extreme cases which may be cause to replace the floor prematurely.
Use felt protectors on the feet of furniture items to cushion the contact between heavy items and the floors surface. This will also help lessen any damage that may be caused by the small movements caused through the day to day use of seating and tables, etc. Use felt/fabric backed caster cups or floor protectors under furniture with casters.
Dirt brought in on shoes can be extremely damaging over time as it will slowly wear away at the surface of the floor and eventually penetrate it. Try to eliminate the possibility of dirt and grit coming into contact with the surface of the floor by placing wipe mats at the entrances to your home or by the doorways leading to the area that is covered with your cork floor.
On a floor with very heavy foot traffic you may want to invest in an area rug to slow down the rate of wear. Be sure to choose a rug that is suitable for use with wooden or cork type flooring. Rugs that are rubber or foam backed may inhibit ventilation and cause fading or discoloration of the cork and should therefore be avoided.
Most types of cork flooring will need to be refinished at some time, the exact time of which will depend on the level of foot traffic that it is subjected to. It is important to refinish before the original coating has worn through to the bare cork. Always seek professional help to carry out the refinishing process.
Keep the suns rays at bay to ensure your cork floor doesn't fade away!
If your cork floor is frequently exposed to direct sunlight it will eventually start to fade. Always try to shield it from the suns rays by using net curtains, blinds or screens on windows or skylights.
You may want to reposition your rugs and furniture periodically. This will ensure that the floor wears evenly and also that any natural change in color is even across the entire floor.
You should immediately clean up liquid spills. If they are left they will seep into your floor and cause deep staining which may be impossible to get rid of.
If you live in an area that experiences extremes of high and low humidity, you may want to install a humidifier to maintain the humidity at a constant level. This will help stop the floor from expanding or contracting which, at its severest, may cause buckling or unsightly gaps between the flooring planks or tiles.
As a final note it ought to be pointed out that care of a cork floor should start before you have even laid it in place. Cork floors that have been poorly installed will often succumb to problems sooner than those that haven't. Therefore it is imperative that the install is carried out as per the manufacturers instructions as this will probably be one of the biggest factors in determining the longevity of your floor.