How to Prevent Floor Damage

Prevent Floor Damage, there are many different types of flooring available. Some are great for bathrooms and kitchens because they are waterproof, others are prized for beauty, and many more for durability. With so many flooring types, it can be tricky to know how to care for and prevent damage in each one. While some flooring types like carpet and stone aren’t our primary forté, we thought we’d share our expertise for vinyl, cork, and wood floors.

While each type of floor is different, some kinds are similar enough to have a lot of care necessities in common. Vinyl and laminate are two flooring options with similar needs. Both require that spills are wiped up as soon as possible, and neither stand up to abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scouring pads. You’ll also need to be careful with high heels and keep any pets’ nails trim to prevent scratches or dents. Floor protectors under the feet of furniture and protective mats in the entranceway are both great ways to prevent scuffs from outdoor muck or rough shoes. To clean either of these floors, a dust mop or a vacuum with a soft brush attachment works well. Avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar however, since it may scratch or dent the flooring.

Vinyl flooring

is harder when it comes to cleaning supplies, and can have an occasional wash with a floor cleaning solution. Be careful to avoid solvent-based polishes and floor strippers though. Soap and most detergent cleaners are not recommended for regular use on vinyl, since they often leave a thin film on the flooring.

Laminate floor

cannot handle excessive water or steam cleaning, but a quick wipe with a damp cloth or mop is great for spot cleaning. Nail polish remover can also be used to take out stubborn spots and stains, but remember to wipe the laminate clean with a damp cloth afterwards. Unlike vinyl which can take an occasional wash with a floor cleanser, laminate should never be washed with anything other than water. It should also never be waxed or polished.

Hardwood and cork

are both renewable flooring options that come from trees. Like laminate and vinyl, hardwood and cork require similar care. One of the easiest ways to protect these floor types is by avoiding having sand, grit, or dirt come in contact with them. Place protective mats at the entrance and remove your shoes to help keep your floor free from scuffs and scratches. Felt floor protectors can do wonders when it comes to protecting your floor from furniture. These protectors are often highly affordable and will prevent scratches for years to come. As with most home floor, take care not to wear high heels indoors and to keep any animals’ claws short. Like laminate and vinyl, wood floors are picky about the cleaning supplies that are applied to them. Oil soaps and acidic cleaners, for example, should never be used. Look for a neutral cleaner that is made specifically for your floor, and look up which cleaners are recommended by the manufacturer before experimenting. The best way to clean hardwood or cork floors is to sweep, dust mop, or vacuum with a soft brush attachment. Avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar since it will likely cause dents.

Unlike cork, hardwood floor cannot stand up to any moisture. All spills must be cleaned immediately because any pools of liquid will warp the floor and damage the finish. Direct sunlight can also discolour the wood, but fortunately even sheer drapes will help prevent this from happening.

Cork, like laminate, shouldn’t be waxed or polished. You’re also going to want to avoid using scouring pads or steel wool since both can scratch the finish. Cork is a lot more forgiving to moisture than hardwood and can be washed with a damp mop as needed, but do try to avoid using excess water.

Do you have any questions about taking care of the timber products in your life? Timbertown is here to help! Check out our website or come into any of our locations today!