shutterstock_121056316So you’ve just installed the floors of your dream, but how do you keep them around for as long as possible? Maintenance! We know cleaning isn’t the most fun of tasks, but keeping your floors clean will help your floors last longer in addition to keeping allergies and other respiratory worries at bay. Different types of flooring mean you need different cleaning materials. Below you will find the basic items you should have in your cleaning kit based on your type of flooring.



You’ll need soft cloths and a wood cleaner. If you prefer a handle, there are a variety of dry mops that you can find with large cloth pads. The cleaner is one of the most important parts. You don’t want a harsh cleaner as that could damage the finish of your wood. Look for cleaners that say safe on wood, and then try it in an inconspicuous location to verify that it doesn’t damage your floors. Always read the instructions to prevent damage! Don’t put any oils or waxes on to your hardwood floors as this could damage the finish of your woods.

If you need to vacuum, you will need to have a vacuum with an attachment. The beater bar type of vacuums could scratch and scuff your floors.



Your main weapon of choice will be a vacuum. We recommend having a vacuum with an adjustable height, and potentially another smaller hand held device. These vacuums will be great for picking up the small spills without having to bring out the heavy-duty vacuum.

You should do a deep clean of your carpets every six months, year, or 18 months depending on how much use your carpets get. You can shampoo your carpets yourself, but many people call in the professionals to do this step, as the commercial machines they have are different from the residential versions you find in stores.



Tiles are also fairly easy to clean. However, some types of tile will stain quite a bit, especially natural stones like marble, so you’ll have to be a bit proactive when dealing with spills. In addition, with stones like marble, you have to be careful with using cleaning solutions. You’ll also want to have a vacuum to get into the baseboards (particularly under cabinets in kitchens) and a mop in your cleaning arsenal with this type of flooring.



Arguably one of the easiest floor materials to clean and durable at that, vinyl still requires some tools to keep it clean. You’ll want to keep cloths around to wipe up any spills that occur. You can also feel free to vacuum or mop as you would like.


We hope you’ve found this list helpful for whatever type of flooring you have. If your floors are beyond repair and you’re ready for some beautiful new floors, give Floor Coverings International of Albuquerque a call! We’re your local flooring experts!


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