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Home owners appreciate hard floors for their durability, stain resistance and low maintenance. Select hardwood, parquet, laminates, tile, stone or vinyl hard flooring. Coniferous wood, stone and tile is the most costly flooring. Laminate and Vinyl is the most economical. Hard floors are available in many styles and colors. Installing hardwood flooring yourself if you are handy or hire a professional. Most hard floors come with a warranty of 15 to 25 years. Follow the care instructions carefully to preserve your clean hard floors for many years.
What You need to clean hard floors:
- Broom or vacuum.
- Credit card or plastic scraper.
- Nail polish remover.
- Clean rags.
- Vinegar or wood floor cleaner.
- All-purpose cleaner’s mild detergent or hard floor cleaner.
- The mop.
Sweep or vacuum your hard floors every week to remove sand and debris that can damage the floor surface. Do not use a vacuum’s beater brush on hard floors. Instead, turn off the brush or use an extractor.
Apply ice, wax or gum to harden it. Scrape the material gently from the floor with the edge of a credit card, make sure not to damage the floor’s finish.
Apply a small amount of nail polish remover to stains such as lipstick and marker. Blot immediately with a clean cloth. Rinse and wipe dry.
Mix 1 cup vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water in a bucket or use a commercial wood cleaner according to package directions. To clean hardwood, laminate and engineered wood flooring, dip the mop in the bucket and wring out thoroughly. Start in the corner farthest from the door, clean the floor by rubbing the mop back and forth across the floor in a sweeping motion.
Dilute all-purpose cleaner with warm water in a bucket according to the package directions. Mop vinyl, stone and flooring as previously directed.
Clean hard floors: Tips and Warnings:
- Seal mill stone and the floor several times a year with a penetrating grout sealer. These surfaces tend to stain.
- Place mats at entrances and take your shoes off to minimize the amount of debris tracked on your floors.
- Put protective slipcover on the bottom of your furniture so you do not scratch your floors when moving furniture.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners or ammonia, chlorine or citrus cleaners on hard floors. Acidic cleaners, including vinegar, discolored grout on the tile and stone.
- Do not soak wood floors. Turn your mop out well so it is damp – dry. Wood laminate flooring -and will wipe out almost immediately. Get them wet can cause joints to swell or warp, void the warranty.
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