You have enough on your plate during the holiday season. If you are hosting parties and having people over, there is added stress to make sure your food and home are picture-perfect. And a part of it involves giving some attention to your floors. The regular vacuuming is good, but it does nothing for stains, scratches, snags and other unsightly blemishes. Here are a few tips and a handy checklist on how to ensure that your floors sparkle and shine like new on the day of your event (and that white socks stay white!)
Hardwood and Laminate
Over time, hardwood and laminate may become dull, scratched and covered in grime, especially if you tend to wear shoes indoors. However, not all damage to your hardwood or laminate floors is permanent. If you are not sure where to start or which cleaning products to use, you are always welcome to speak with our project managers.
- Vacuum thoroughly
- Apply a cleaner recommended for your type of flooring and finish
- You may need to use some elbow grease on tough spots
- If the finish looks too worn-out, consider hiring a professional to refinish your hardwood floors. You shouldn’t need to ever refinish laminate flooring.
Vinyl and Ceramic Tile
Vinyl and ceramic tile are some of the most practical and easiest to maintain types of flooring. But they have their own drawbacks as well. The presence of grout lines on tile flooring and some vinyl tiles. Grout lines create grooves and a grippy surface where dirt tends to get stuck. Mopping tile flooring often has limited results, because a mop pushes the dirt into the grout grooves. If you don’t get the clean look and feel after mopping your vinyl or tile floors, you might need professional tile cleaning.
If you’ve maintained your carpet in pristine shape, vacuuming may be all you need to clean it. However, most of us can’t use the words “pristine” and “carpet” in the same sentence. Kids, pets, friends and the chaos of daily living take a toll on even the best carpets. If your carpet looks like its seen better days, consider the following:
- Treat stains individually to lessen their visibility
- Push in the snags and stop unraveling fibers by trimming
- Have the carpet re-stretched if it appears to have loosened or wrinkled.
- Hire a professional cleaning company
Don’t Forget to:
- Clean the baseboards.
- Brush your pets to reduce shedding and the need to vacuum frequently.
- Have welcome mats on both sides of the door to catch dirt from visitors’ shoes.
- If you are not permitting shoes indoors, set up a large enough area where folks can leave their shoes and provide slippers for those who want them.