Flooring

The flooring in your home requires routine maintenance and care.

Carpeting

Vacuum carpeting frequently to avoid buildup of dirt and grime. High traffic areas should be vacuumed daily. Use a fixed brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. If your vacuum cleaner has a beater type attachment, the beater should barely touch the tops of the carpet fibers.

Eliminate carpet shedding fibers as they appear. Loose carpet fibers will work their way to the surface for quite some time on new carpet. This is known as fluffing or shedding. Vacuum these fibers as part of your routine cleaning. If a tuft of carpet appears which is longer than the surrounding carpet do not try to pull it out. It is probably attached to the backing and simply needs to be trimmed to the height of the surrounding tufts. Visible carpet seams are expected and are not an indication of a fault in the carpet. Most rolls carpet are produced in 12 ft. widths. This dictates that most of your rooms will have at least one seam. Professional installers will attempt to install your carpet with a minimal amount of seams and without excessive waste.

Remove spills immediately. Stain removal is easier if it is done promptly. Cleaning products should be tested on section of carpeting that is not in a high traffic area. Do not use cleaners that have not been recommended by the manufacturer for the carpeting materials in your home.

Ceramic tile

Ceramic tiles are available in wide variety of colors, sizes and finishes.

Generally, glazed ceramic tile is used in residential installations.

Grout is cement with color additives. Coloring can change with time. Ceramic tile is brittle and can be broken by a sharp blow from a heavy object. Wipe spills away promptly to avoid staining the grout. Soapy warm water, a detergent or a commercial tile cleaner can be used to keep your tile bright and shiny.

Hardwood

Clean your hardwood floors frequently. Sweep the floors and mop with a soft, dry mop or cloth. Do not use water or water-based cleaners. Do not flood hardwood floors with water. This will cause stains, warping and the destruction of the flooring. Do not permit water or other liquids to stand on hardwood flooring. Wipe up spills immediately. Do not use water-based detergents, bleach or one-step floor cleaners on hardwood floors. Do not drag heavy appliances or furniture across hardwood flooring. Permanent scratches in the finish can result. Ladies high heel shoes can dent hardwood flooring.

Vinyl flooring

The following are tips for proper care of your new vinyl floor.

  1. Because of its relatively soft texture, vinyl flooring can be damaged by heavy appliances, dropped tools and by rough use. This damage is permanent. It can be repaired but is not a warrantable item.
  2. Ladies high-heeled shoes and furniture without proper casters can be particularly damaging to vinyl. Gouging from sharp objects under pressure will cut any floor covering. All heavy furniture, appliances and chairs should be supported with wide bearing glides or casters. When moving heavy appliances across the floor, protect your vinyl flooring by sliding appliances on a scrap piece of carpet laid face down.
  3. Do not use abrasive cleaners or full-strength bleach on vinyl floors. Abrasive cleaners will dull the finish and cause permanent damage. Full strength bleach can etch and destroy the surface of flooring.
  4. Clean vinyl flooring with a solution of warm water and a commercial vinyl flooring cleaner.
  5. Remove spills immediately to avoid staining. Use a sponge or soft cloth. Dry the floor after removing the spill.