General & Specific Tips for Floor Care in Ardmore, OK
Care & Cleaning
Proper cleaning and maintenance will add years to the life of your floor. From simple tips to smart cleaning solutions, learn proper floor care in Ardmore, OK. The professionals at Cunningham’s Flooring America of Ardmore even provide specifics for the different types of flooring. A quick response to accidents will improve your clean-up results, so keep our recommended solutions on hand for the occasional spill.
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General Tips to Keep Your Flooring in Great Shape
Your floor will give you so much satisfaction in the years to come, but only if you keep it in great shape. Here are a few tips for floor maintenance -- common-sense precautions that will make your relationship with any floor a long and happy one.
- Keep Doormats at Every Door
Use quality doormats outside each entrance to your home to prevent dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, and driveway sealer from being tracked onto your floor. To minimize potential staining from asphalt tracking, we suggest you use a latex-based driveway sealer.
- Take Special Precautions When Moving Heavy Objects
Use a dolly with wide-base air tires when moving heavy appliances or furniture. But first, put down a clean sheet of quarter-inch plywood, Masonite, or similar hardboard, to protect the floor. Never try to slide or roll heavy objects across the floor without adequate protection. Some objects may be too heavy to be moved across a hard surface floor under any circumstances.
- Close Curtains or Blinds
Close your curtains or blinds where extreme sunlight hits the floor. A combination of heat and sunlight causes most solid surface flooring to fade or discolor.
- Support Furniture with Floor Protectors
For increased crush and dent resistance, support furniture with wide-bearing, non-staining floor protectors or wide-bearing leg bases/rollers. As a general rule of thumb, the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector should be. Protectors should be at least one inch in diameter, made of non-pigmented, hard plastic and rest flat on the floor. Non-staining felt protectors are also acceptable.
Barrel-type casters with a minimum 3/4" flat surface width or flat glides are best for moveable furniture. If you choose to use metal protectors, make sure they are rustproof. Replace your narrow dome furniture rests with wide-bearing ones.
- Routinely Clean Your Floor
Routine care and maintenance are essential to maximizing the beauty and life of your flooring. Over time, normal foot traffic and soiling will cause a change in the flooring's appearance. For hard surfaces, vacuum (without a beater-bar), dust mop or sweep the floor on a daily or weekly basis to minimize abrasive grit and dirt.
In very sandy areas or at the beach, you may want to vacuum or sweep more frequently. When using a liquid cleaner, be sure to dry it or rinse it thoroughly to avoid a film. Read and follow the manufacturer's directions for care, cleaning and recommended products. Caution: Hard surface floors can be slippery when wet. Use extreme caution when walking on a wet floor.
- Blot Up Spills & Spots Immediately
The best cure for a spill is a fast response. Blot and clean spills and spots immediately to prevent staining. Begin at the outer edge and work toward the center to prevent the spill from spreading. Caution: Hard surface floors can be slippery when wet. Use extreme caution when walking on a wet floor.
- Star Service
Our trained and certified Star Service installers take the time to install your floors perfectly from confirming the installation plan with you before starting, vacuuming and cleaning after installation, and conducting a walk-through with you to ensure that we have not just met but exceeded your expectations.
Specific Tips for Individual Flooring Types
The care you give to carpeting is not the same as the service you apply to hardwood or even laminate. The same goes for ceramic and vinyl. With that in mind, we offer this information to maintain the following flooring types:
- Caring for Carpet
The best thing you can do for your carpeting is to vacuum it regularly. This keeps the dirt from getting ground into the fibers and extends the life of your flooring. When new, your carpet may shed a little. Don’t worry. This will slow down with time. Also, never pull out loose threads as this will damage your flooring. Your new carpet may also have a certain odor. Allow plenty of ventilation, and this goes away quickly.
- Protect Your Hardwood
High humidity is an enemy of wood, causing the planks to swell and contract. For this, we recommend having a humidifier on duty, especially during the winter months when the air inside gets dry. Also, do everything you can to minimize damage to your floors. This includes using area rugs underneath furniture, as well as keeping your pet’s claws trimmed.
- Love Your Laminate
Since laminate is manufactured flooring, it doesn’t respond to cleaning in the same way as wood, stone, or ceramic. There are certain don’ts when it comes to laminate floor maintenance: Don’t wax. Don’t clean with soapy detergents. And, don’t use cleaning products or materials that are abrasive. Instead, we suggest you use a laminate floor cleaner when needed. You can use a wand attachment or dry mop to clean. And, remember to wipe up spills right away.
- Be Kind to Ceramic
There are two separate areas to clean with your tile flooring -- the ceramic tiles themselves and the grout. Vacuum or dry mop the tiles, then wet mop. For the grout, we recommend sealing to keep dirt and debris from being absorbed into the porous material.
- Value Your Vinyl
Dry and wet mopping keeps your vinyl clean and attractive. Be careful not to use too much cleaning products as this will dull your flooring. Avoid mats made with rubber or latex backing as these will stain your vinyl.
Contact us today for more handy tips on taking care of the investment that is your new flooring. We proudly serve the communities of Ardmore, Lone Grove, Dickson, Wilson, and Marietta, Oklahoma.