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A Tip or Two for Your Floors

November 1st, 2010 · No Comments

There are so many new flooring materials that have emerged in just the last decade. From cork flooring to carpet made from recycled plastic soda bottles, people are becoming more and more inventive with what to put on the floors in their homes and businesses and how to take care of those floors.

Although the list of available flooring materials is a lengthy one, there are a few tips you may want to know before updating or adding new floors in your house or business. Following these few tips may save you precious time, and most of all, precious money.

Tip Number One-Avoid Putting Carpet in a Bathroom

This first tip might sound obvious to you, but you’d be surprised at how many newer homes are being built and how many homes are being remodeled that have carpet installed in the bathrooms. What may sound like a dated practice is yet again rearing its ugly head to keep costs down. The problem with carpet in a bathroom is that, well, it gets wet and stays wet most of the time. This can cause odor, discoloration and the dreaded mold. Once mold starts growing, the carpet, padding and oftentimes subflooring will have to be replaced. If the mold grows on the walls, you’re looking at a massive (and expensive) repair. Save yourself a headache and hit to the wallet and always use a material that can tolerate constant moisture (ceramic tile is still a personal favorite).

Tip Number Two-Don’t Skip the Wood Floor Treatments

Wood floors are an investment that can increase the price of your home and give your home a warm and pleasing atmosphere. While wood floors are beautiful and a great additional to a home, maintaining the look and quality of the floors is essential. There are many different treatments available for all types of wood flooring. Find a treatment that works best for your needs and apply it as directed. This may sound inconvenient, but it will save you a lot of time and money in the future.

Tip Number Three-Be Sure to Seal Your Tile

Laying tile is a fairly easy process that many home owners do themselves. One mistake that many people make is not sealing the tile once it has been installed. The sealant acts as a protective layer that gives the tile a safety shield against staining, cracks and damage. Sealing the tile also makes cleaning a breeze. The grout of unsealed tile often turns black and is very difficult to clean. Adding the sealant keeps your tile clean and saves your body from a tough workout.

Tip Number Four-Have Carpet Professionally Cleaned

If you have carpet in your home, it’s a good idea to either call in a professional cleaning company or rent a steam cleaner once in a while. Keeping your carpets clean will increase the longevity of the floors and save you money in the long run. If you can’t afford to pay a company to come in and clean your carpets, many home improvement stores rent out steam cleaners to the general public for a reasonable price. How often you clean will depend on how much traffic your carpet gets. Find a cleaner or rental service you like and stick with it. Your carpet will look better and your wallet will be happy.

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