Although many types of flooring are high quality, sometimes damage is a natural occurrence, and something that can happen without us even noticing. However a lot of the time, damage is avoidable. There are little things you can do to reduce the risk of your floor being damaged that we would recommend in order to minimise problems. Although damage is inevitable over time, keeping your flooring in the best possible condition will prevent you from having to get repairs, or even replace parts of your flooring. Even normal, everyday wear and tear can have poor consequences, sometimes resulting in costly solutions.
So, we wanted to give you some tips on what you can do to prevent damage to your floor and keep up maintenance.
Although this may seem like quite a basic thing you would naturally do, maintenance really can make all the difference to the condition of your floor, and ensuring that you are cleaning it properly will significantly reduce the risk of any sort of damage. Cleaning your floor regularly and properly, regardless of the style of flooring you have, will get rid of any dust, dirt or debris sitting on the surface. Without clearing this away on a regular basis, you risk things like scratching and marking to the surface of your floor. Try to ensure that you are using the most efficient method of cleaning for the type of flooring that you have in order to successfully eliminate all debris sitting on the surface.
Again, this may seem like quite a common precaution that you would take, however it is something we advise that you are always mindful of. Walking on the surface in shoes can be harmful and risky, as you may have things stuck to the sole of your shoe, like small stones for example, that could scratch the flooring. Not only this, but you could be carrying dirt on the bottom of your shoes, which is not only unhealthy but also inconvenient if it gets onto your flooring.
Furthermore, some styles of shoes are harmful to flooring in themselves. One type of shoe that we would advise against wearing on any type of flooring, is high heels. Due to the way they are designed, with weight being distributed unevenly and the heel itself having a very small surface area, this can actually put dents into your flooring, which are very difficult to repair.
Not all cleaning products are compatible with every style of flooring. Some may actually be harmful if they are not designed for the particular type of flooring that you have. Furthermore, they may not clean the floor properly. Before purchasing any cleaning products, do some research into your flooring and what the best products are. Then, always read and check any cleaning products that you buy to ensure that they are safe to use and are not going to cause harm or potential damage.
Stains are the worst, and always happen when we least expect it. Therefore, we are sometimes unprepared on how to get rid of the stain. However, if you stain your flooring, we recommend that you get this cleaned off as soon as possible. The sooner you clean a stain, the easier it is to get off. If you leave it for too long, you could be at risk of having a permanent stain on your flooring, which would result in needing a replacement.
Pushing or dragging furniture is one of the worst things you can do for your floor. Whether this is a three-piece-suite or a small coffee table, you should never push or drag any furniture across the surface of your floor. If you do, it can really scratch and mark your flooring, leaving you with an unsightly floor and costly repairs.
Sometimes, we may just assume that our floor will be accustomed to a mop, but this is not always the case. Some types of flooring aren’t compatible with mops, as they can become easily damaged by water. Therefore, you should always find this out about your flooring before risking mopping it. On the other hand, your flooring may take well to being mopped, but without too much excess water. If you do not mop your floor correctly, or use it on a style of flooring not able to cope with the water, this can result in warping and swelling, and therefore pretty severe damage.
If you would like any more information on how to prevent damage to your floor, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.