Once you have invested ensure you protect your investment!
Maintaining Your Carpet’s Beauty
- The best way to ensure long–lasting beauty, comfort and durability in your carpet is to vacuum it regularly, as it prevents soil from becoming embedded in the carpet’s pile.
- Depending on the type of carpet you have, you’ll want to use a vacuum with a rotating brush, a beater bar or suction only.
- When vacuuming high pile or premium soft carpets look for the following features that will allow you to easily maintain your carpet:
– Adjustable Height – Use the highest setting where appropriate
- Consider professional cleaning every 12–18 months, depending on traffic and other use factors, frequency of vacuuming and whether the carpet is a light or dark color.
- Use scissors to clip sprouts and snags; do not pull them or you may damage the carpet.
- To remove a dent caused by heavy furniture, stroke carpet with the edges of a coin. You can also use a hair dryer or a steam iron to gently raise the dented area while you tug upward on the tufts. CAUTION: DO NOT LET THE IRON TOUCH THE CARPET..
- If your carpet is burned, remove the tops of the dark, burnt fibers with curved fingernail scissors. If the burn is extensive, the carpet may require patching or replacement.
- If a flooding occurs from a burst pipe, washing machine overflow or other leak, the carpet needs to be dried, front and back, by a professional cleaner with the proper equipment.
- This link can provide additional tips on maintaining the beauty of your carpet http://www.carpet-rug.org.
- – Efficient Airflow – Avoid vacuums with very concentrated or sealed suction
- – Large Wheels allow the appliance to glide easily across the carpet
Maintaining your Hardwood Beauty
- Avoid using regular household dusting and cleaning products. These products will cause permanent damage. Use only products specifically designed for hardwood.
- Never use water to mop the floors. Water will definitely cause permanent damage. You can use a damp cloth to wipe up spills but never pour water directly on the floor to ‘mop’ the floor.
- Don’t use ammonia.
- Never use wax on a floor with a urethane or other glossy finish.
- Don’t drag furniture when moving it – use felt contacts under furniture legs to prevent scratches and gouges.
- Vacuum. This is preferable to sweeping because it allows the dirt and dust to be pulled from between the boards. Use a vacuum with a bare floor attachment, not a vacuum beater bar, which can damage the wood.
- Use sheers or blinds to protect your floors from the discoloration caused by direct sun rays.
- Keep high-heeled shoes in good repair and avoid using stiletto heels or just remember to always remove shoes at the front door. Keep a pair of slippers so that you can easily walk from the front door to another room.
- Use cotton area rugs and mats in high traffic areas and sites of frequent spills. Move the rugs frequently so that these areas of the floor remain the same color as the exposed floor.
- Rubber and vinyl mats and rugs trap water under them.
- Clean up spills immediately with a paper towel or dry cloth. A damp cloth can be used for sticky spills, but dry the spot immediately afterwards.
- Use a damp flat mop with a microfiber head to sweep up hair and dirt. Wring the mop head out enough for the head to be barely damp. You do not want a lot of water in the mop head.
- Spray a clean microfiber mop head with Pallman Floor Cleaners.
- Wash the floor with it.
- For best results don’t let the mop head get too dirty during the wash. Do about 6 or 7 strokes. Then check the mop head and rinse it out when it is filthy.
- Respray the mop head each time you rinse the dirt out.
Morris Flooring Inc uses Pallmann Hardwood Floor Cleaning kit
With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your wood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You also should clean your floors periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional. The NWFA can help you find one in your area.
There are other steps you can take to minimize maintenance and maintain the beauty of your wood floors as well.
- Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly
- Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
- Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
- Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
- Do not over-wax a wood floor. If a wax floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.
- Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Replace these often as dirt and debris can become imbedded on the pad and act like sand paper on the flooring surface.
- Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
- When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to prevent scratches.
- For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.
- Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to minimize gaps or cracks.
Cleaning lamination flooring is simple- dirt and dust are easily removed with a vacuum or broom.
For more difficult-to-remove soil, use a cloth moistened very lightly with with plain water. Then wipe the laminated surface with a clean dry cloth. Under no circumstances should the floor be wet mopped.
Heavier stains may be removed with manufacturer recommended lamination flooring cleaner available from most home improvement stores.
Never use soap solutions, waxes, sealers, polishes, or any abrasive materials on your floors.
Protect the laminate flooring in high traffic areas and from excessive tracking of outside dirt and soil with mats at all entrances.
Protective felt pads on chair and furniture legs are recommended to further protect the floor.
Occasionally, things may become “stuck” to your floor, such as gum or candle wax. This situation is best handled by letting the spot harden completely, then scraping it gently off the floor with a plastic scraper. Residue can then be removed using a clean rag damped with a little manufacturer recommended cleaner.
Lamination flooring Tips for keeping your floor looking good for many years.
Wipe up spills immediately
Use door mats and throw rugs outside room entrances and in front of kitchen sink and refrigerator to help keep dirt and grit off your laminate floor, and to prevent damage and excessive wear.
Place runners and area rugs along high traffic areas.
Move heavy appliances and furniture by using a dolly rolled over plywood or pressed board.
Use furniture leg protector pads under all furniture legs.
Don’t use any of the following products on your laminate floors: ammonia based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax based products, detergents, bleach, polishes and oil soaps, or abrasive cleaning soaps.
Don’t allow water to stand on your floor for any length of time.
EASY CARE STEPS FOR VINYL FLOORS
To keep the lasting shine and fresh feel of your investment for as long as possible, we recommend that you:
- Wipe up spills as soon as possible. Remove dried spills with Ceramic Floor Cleaner.
- Wash your floor occasionally with Ceramic Floor Cleaner.
- Use Extra-Strength Floor Stripper for heavy duty cleaning on all products except.
- Use Floor Finish or Low Gloss Floor Finish to return your floor’s original shine if it begins to dull over time.
- Use detergents, abrasive cleaners or “mop and shine” products – they may leave a dull film on your floor.
- Use paste wax or solvent-based polishes.
- Use a beater bar when vacuuming because it can visibly damage the floor surface.
- Use highly abrasive scrubbing tools.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER INSTALLATION
- Maintain room temperature at 65 degrees Fahrenheit for 48 hours after installation is completed. This assures proper curing, setting and bonding of products.
- The adhesive under your floor needs time to thoroughly dry after installation. Therefore we recommend that you do not scrub or wash your floor for five days.
- For vinyl sheet, allow the seams to seal for 8 hours after seam application. This will ensure the proper seam bond and a seamless finish. If seams are disturbed before they’re dry, permanent damage may result.
- For vinyl tile, use a damp sponge, cloth, or mop to wipe off the Armstrong logo and 800 number printed on the face of the floor. Be careful not to wipe across any seams.
PROACTIVE PROTECTION FOR YOUR FLOOR
- When moving appliances or heavy furniture, lay a plywood panel on your floor and “walk” the item across it. This protects your floor from scuffing and tears.
- Use Armstrong Floor Protectors on furniture to reduce indentation. As a general rule of thumb, the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector needed.
- Be careful with rolling casters. They can damage the floor. Therefore, we do not recommend them. If you choose to use them, the double wheel type are the best option.
- Place a walk-off mat at outside entrances to reduce the amount of dirt brought into your home. We do not recommend the use of rubber- or latex-backed mats because the chemical (antioxidant) used to keep the backing from becoming brittle can permanently stain your floor. We suggest a nonstaining vinyl-backed mat or a woven rug that is colorfast. Most of these products are identified “colorfast” by the manufacturer.