You spend a lot of time and money installing brand new floors in your home. That’s why it’s crucial you take care of them. You don’t want to waste all your hard-earned cash and time on something only for it to be prematurely ruined. Here’s what you should do after your floors are installed:
Air out your home. During the installation of any flooring, airborne particles can linger. Clean up dust and debris that are left behind and open your windows to air out the space. This helps ensure the air quality is suitable for you, your family, and your pets.
Be cautious when putting your furniture back in the room. Usually, if you install hardwood floors, you need to give it some time to cure and dry. Ask your installers what they recommend so that you don’t put your furniture back in the room too soon. Other floorings, like vinyl or laminate, may not require any waiting time, but you can always put sliders underneath the legs of your furniture to prevent dents and scratches.
Think about other projects going on at the same time. For example, if you’re doing a complete home remodel you should wait to paint your walls until after the floors have been installed. Otherwise, the baseboards and walls could potentially get damaged. If you’re getting your kitchen redone, there are different recommendations on when you should install new cabinetry.
Keep up with daily maintenance. Each flooring has different techniques for daily maintenance. Carpets should be vacuumed frequently and shampooed regularly to keep them in good condition. For tile, hardwood, laminate, and vinyl floors, you should sweep and mop weekly.
Protect the floors. One way to protect any type of flooring is to clean up spills quickly and efficiently. Spills can cause stains on any surface. For tile floors, you should seal the grout layers regularly to prevent moisture from leaking. For vinyl and laminate flooring, you don’t want to drag large objects over the floor because they can suffer from damage. For hardwood floors, you can place area rugs in spots where you’ll have heavy furniture. You can also use UV protective coverings on your windows to prevent sun damage.
Use appropriate cleaning products. While you can use your average cleaning products for most floors, some require special attention, like stone floors. You need to avoid acidic products and use mild soaps to prevent damaging your stone.
Though these are general tips, the type of flooring you install does determine what kind of aftercare you need to perform. If you have any questions about what to do after you’ve installed your floors, make sure you consult a professional. Each design associate at Floor Coverings International Cincinnati is highly trained in a variety of flooring installation and maintenance methods and are happy to answer any of your questions!