Tips for Caring for Your Floors

Flooring is one of the first things you notice when you walk into your home. Beautiful floors not only create a comfortable environment, but add value to your home. However, keeping new flooring in great condition can be confusing with all the products on the market. Less is more when it comes to products and floor care.

Hardwoods: Use boiling water and two teabags to clean hardwood floors. The tannic acid in tea creates a beautiful shine. Take a soft cloth and wring it out in the tea. The cloth should be damp, not soaked. Wash the floor and be ready to be amazed by the sheen.

Ceramic tile: Floors can be cleaned easily with warm water, but be sure to sweep or vacuum first. Never use a sponge mop to clean ceramic-tile floors; it will pull the dirt right into the grout tracks. This makes the floor more difficult to clean. A microfiber mop picks up all the dirt that a sponge mop leaves behind. If you have really dirty grout, use a brush.

Laminate floors: Laminate resembles hardwood, but they are cleaned differently. Laminate is made to be sun-resistant and light-resistant to maintain its appearance for a long time. That being said, you should never put liquid or polish on laminate floors; the moisture will get under the boards and ruin the laminate. Instead, dry mop and vacuum regularly, and only use a slightly damp cloth for spot treatments.