Saturday, 11 June 2016

Maintaining your floors

People use a variety of floorings to make their homes look beautiful. To make your floors look good for a longer time, you must keep in mind the following points-
1.    Hardwood floors-
·       Never drag furniture on your wood floor as it can cause denting and scratching.
·       Use felt pads under the legs of your furniture.
·       Wipe your shoes well before entering the room as small stone particles in your shoes can damage the floor.
·       Use a soft broom and regularly mop with a damp muslin cloth, never use a wet mop.
·       After installation you may have your floor lacquered or have melamine put on it.
·       Re-sanding and re-polishing every 5-6 years will keep it looking new.
·       Avoid harsh sun on the floor as this may bleach a portion of it and use rugs on heavy foot traffic areas.
·       Keep humidity levels low.
·       Clean your floors with a mixture of water and vinegar to keep them shining.
2.    Laminate-
·       These require less care. Never sand, wax or lacquer laminate floors.
·       Never use harsh detergents or abrasive cleaners.
·       Care for it by regular sweeping and damp mopping.
3.    Rubber-
·       These are ideal for exercise or play rooms.
·       Vacuum clean and use damp mop. Incase of a spill, clean with a mild detergent and warm water.
4.    Tiles-
·       They are one of the hardiest and economical options. Once in 15 days you must clean with a non-acidic solution.
·       Wiping them with a mixture of white vinegar and water in a ratio of 1:4 will keep them gleaming.
·       For tougher stains, use a tile cleaner but make sure to rinse immediately after.
5.    Stone-
·       If you are using stones like marble or granite, have them sealed with a sealant to repel oil and water.
·       They are highly porous so incase of a spill, clean immediately or the stone will soak up and get stained.
·       Never use cleaning agents with acid content as this will corrode the stone.
·       If you are using it as a countertop, never place anything hot directly on it.
·       Regular sweeping and mopping will keep it in good condition.

Sukhmani Bhore
(Interior & Landscape designer)

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