How should I clean my Hardwood, Laminate, Cork or Plank Floor?
Sweep, vacuum, and dust mop regularly, at least once a week or more often if you have pets or a busy household. Do not use vinegar, or all purpose cleaner on floors, they will both dull the finish. Use your manufactures’ recommended cleaner and the minimum amount of water. Any mopping should be done with a barely damp mop, never wet or soaking wet. Clean up any liquid spills immediately to avoid water damage.
Steam Mop You Ask NO NO Please Don't!!
With the explosion of advertisements for steam mops on TV, many people ask, “Are steam mops safe for use on my new floor?” Steam is great for both cleaning and sanitizing when used in the appropriate place. However, using steam mops on flooring can cause irreparable damage.
Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the same thing which makes steam mops such a “good cleaner” also causes it to be unsuitable for many types of finished flooring. Flashback to junior high: steam is formed when water is heated above 212°. However, most flooring manufacturers recommend the surface not be exposed to temperatures above 85° to 95° (well below the temperature of steam). Here’s why it’s important to take the manufacturers’ recommendations for your flooring into consideration.
Many manufacturers will tell you that wood and water just do not mix. Therefore, water-based cleaning products are generally not recommended on wood flooring. Continued use of steam mops is likely to cause seams between the boards to swell. Additionally, heat and pressure can force steam (water) deep into the wood surface resulting in abnormal expansion, which can cause cracks.
Flooring products, such as Vinyl Tile and Vinyl Plank Flooring, are not designed to withstand the high temperatures which are required to create steam. Even Sheet Vinyl can be susceptible to the focused heat generated by steam mops resulting in the adhesive beneath breaking loose causing bubbles in the sheet vinyl floor. In addition to heat, water from a steam mop can also cause damage. Steam can be forced through the seams causing water build up under the floor resulting in tile or plank edges curling up.
While laminate flooring can resist moderate temperatures, the pressure of a steam mop can force steam into the joints between the planks causing moisture build up, resulting in the seams swelling in small areas or even across the entire floor.
Most ceramic tile is not affected by the heat or water, but the same cannot be said about the grout between the tiles. Today’s grouts contain polymers to make them more crack and stain resistant. These can be affected by repeated exposure to both the high pressure and high temperatures, causing surface pitting and eventually cracking in the grout. Additionally, repeated use can cause grouts to lose their original color and look mottled.
Customers with cleaning services may not even realize their new flooring is gradually being damaged. Many assume that the professional cleaners they hire are experts. Therefore, they rarely watch them clean the floor. Worst of all, in many situations the damage is gradual and takes several weeks or months. By the time it is evident to the consumer, the damage is already done and irreversible, leaving the cost of repair with the consumer.
When you think about it, using steam to clean is like boiling a pot of water on the stove and pouring it on the floor surface to clean with. Most of us realize this is not a great idea. However, with all the TV ads for Steam Mops saying “it can be used on any kind of floor” and “it cleans and sanitizes your floor”, many people think since they show it on TV “it must be OK – right?” Wrong.
The best course of action is to use a quality, name brand floor cleaner designed for the flooring type you have. Remember, with cleaners, stronger is not always better. Be sure to read and to follow the directions on the bottle and use the applicator recommended for the type cleaner being used.
Why should I shop at Regency Flooring & Interiors?
We are the small business with HUGE service. Owned and operated by Blue collared family men Andrew Mackay & Kevin Windebank. We believe in shopping locally and supporting the little guy. We are members of the Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce and members of Floors First, Canada's Largest Association of Flooring Professionals. We have sponsored numerous local charities and fundraisers. We can help with most of your renovation needs and design from Flooring, Backsplashes, Custom showers, Granite & Quartz counter tops, Blinds, Window coverings, Decor and so much more.
Why is my floor gaping or buckling?
There are many reasons this could happen but the most common reason is inconsistent humidity and/or temperature levels in the home. Hardwood, Laminate, Cork and Vinyl products can and will expand and contract with fluctuating humidity and temperature levels. To maintain warranty with wood flooring it is imperative to have a built in humidifier attached to your furnace to help maintain humidity in your home. Please feel free to call us with any concerns, we are here to help.
How should I clean my carpet?
We carry products for those little spot cleans but for a full cleaning, we highly recommend hiring a professional carpet cleaner. Not only will they know what fiber your carpet is made from and how to properly clean it without saturating and weakening the backing but it will also help maintain your warranty. To maintain your carpet warranty, a professional cleaning is required every 18-24 months with a receipt to prove it, so hang on to that receipt.
Can I take samples home with me?
Absolutely, we recommend it.