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Cleaning and Maintaining your floors are key to their longevity. By ensuring your floors are clean you can prevent stains, scratches, and unwanted grime building up. Understanding what maintenance your floors need will keep them looking beautiful for many years to come. We want to make sure that you understand exactly what it takes to clean and properly maintain your SPC, Engineered Wood, Laminate, and Tile floors. SPC (Stone Plastic Composite) Vinyl floors are waterproof and extremely durable, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require any maintenance. Keeping these floors clean is relatively easy. Sweep or vacuum with no beater bar, make sure you clean spills immediately, and damp mop (not wet mop) with any gentle floor cleaner that is characterized by low chemical percentages. You can prevent scratches by putting mats at outside doors where you come in with shoes and by putting felt pads on the bottom of all your furniture/accessories. SPC floors are an excellent option if easy maintenance and durability are important to you, and they come in a wide range of styles! Engineered Wood is absolutely beautiful, but does require a significant amount of maintenance. Clean your hardwood with a damp mop with gentle floor cleaners and sweep regularly to keep it free of debris. Make sure to never get these floors soaking wet as it can cause the wood to warp and buckle. Hardwood flooring will age over time and the coated stain can change with exposure to UV light. You can protect the wood floors with rugs and window coverings that help keep the sun off the floor. Rotate the furniture and accessories around to even out the exposure if there are significant windows nearby that capture the natural light and rays. There are different finishes for Engineered Wood, Hardwax Oil, UV Oil, or Lacquer. All of these require slightly different maintenance, but all require maintenance care. For Hardwax Oil and UV Oil surfaced floors, give them an oil refresher every 6 months and a maintenance oil every 2-3 years by buffing the appropriate oil into the floors. Lacquered floors require cleaning with lacquer soap biweekly. Bona and Woca are highly recommended wood cleaning agents from our manufacturers! When looking for everyday floor cleaners, avoid ones that leave an oily residue, you only need to add these to some hardwood floors every few months. Laminate flooring is easy to maintain, but can still be affected by moisture and scratches. Keep clean by mopping with a damp mop, and sweeping regularly. Avoid items that can scratch the floor because unlike hardwood, these can’t be fixed without replacing the damaged section or planks. Clean wet spills immediately to prevent seeping into the floor edges for further water damage. For floor maintenance use rugs in high traffic areas and keep a regular cleaning schedule. Cleaners with low chemical content can be used if simple water mopping does not remove stubborn stains or spills. Tiles are extremely hardy and characterized by top specifications and quality but still do require regular maintenance that varies depending on your tile. For ceramic tiles, since they are recommended for wall applications, clean with items that are low chemical content to protect the surface of the tile.You can clean these tiles with a simple mixture of warm water and mild dish soap. Porcelain tiles can handle highly resilient cleaning power. Use a soft bristled brush and scrub in a mixture of vinegar and warm water for example, and let set for a few minutes before rinsing with water and wiping dry with a towel. Any tile cleaners with certain chemicals can also be used if specific mention is present for porcelain surfaces. Whichever flooring brand you end up going with it’s always best to clean with the manufacturers recommended cleaning agent to ensure your floors longevity. We hope this guide helps you understand the cleaning needs of your floor. For more information or to order your own beautiful new floors, get in touch with us, we’re happy to assist you and answer any questions you have!