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Which Floor for Which Room?

All the floors in your home benefit from innovative technology to ensure comfort, looks and the best performance. But different rooms have their own special requirements that you should consider when you make your choice.

Entrance and hallway – People coming and going will bring dirt and damp into your home putting special demands on this part of the floor. Choose a hard surface that can stand up to moderate damp and is easy to clean.

Office –If keeping your office quiet for concentration and comfort is a top priority you should consider floors with good acoustic properties. You’ll probably want a tough surface that’s won’t be easily damaged by office furnishings or heavy use, if you expect a lot of visitors. Floors with anti-static properties can be a wise investment if you use a lot of electrical equipment.

Kitchens –Spills and dropped food and equipment are a fact of life however careful you are as a cook. Choose a floor that not only has good stain and traffic resistance, but that will also stand up to light moisture and repeated cleaning.

Bathrooms –Water makes the bathroom a challenging environment and you must be careful to select a floor that is water-resistant. In addition, for safety you’ll need to be sure that the floor won’t be slippery when it’s damp and that it will be easy to clean.

Bedroom –Your bedroom is often a very personal space so you’ll be looking at a wide range of decorative finishes. Don’t forget that looks are just part of the equation and that you’ll also want to be sure that it’s comfortable and warm for bare feet.

Kid’s bedroom/Playroom –Kid’s bedrooms often have to accommodate a wide variety of play as well as sleep. To cope with active youngsters you’ll need a tough, practical floor that’s comfortable but also easy to look after and clean, and that will also help to keep noise levels down.

Living room – Often the center of the home, you need a multi-purpose floor that reflects your style but can stand up to the challenge of a variety of activities. A tough surface that’s easy to clean and look after will reduce the time you need to spend keeping your living room looking good.

Looking for help selecting which floor for your specific space? Ask an Underfoot Flooring expert to assist you with getting the full technical specifications for the flooring you are considering.

Courtesy of TarkettFlooring.com. Read the full article here.

Care and Maintenance – Laminate

Screen shot 2014-03-03 at 1.17.55 PMIn order to protect your new laminate floor and keep it looking like new, it is important to follow these directions.

Initial Care 

Following installation, clean with a no-rinse product made specifically for laminate floor care.

Regular Maintenance 

• Sweep, vacuum or dust mop regularly, since built-up grit can damage the finish and surface of your floor. (The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head and be certain that the wheels of the vacuum do not damage the finish)

• Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care. Frequency will depend on the amount of traffic the floor receives. Follow the cleaner instructions closely.

• Remove spills or liquids immediately using a soft cloth and the cleaning product recommended. Do not allow spills or liquids to remain on the floor for an extended period of time as it may cause damage to your flooring.

Preventive Maintenance 

• Never use other types of floor covering cleaning products. (Sheet vinyl, ceramic tile cleaners etc…)

• Never mop or flood your floor with water or other products.

• Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products or other household cleaners that contain lemon oil, Tung oil, bleach, polishes or ammonia. Do not use products that may leave a residue allowing the floor to be slippery or sticky and causing your floor to appear dull quickly. This could also damage the flooring, leave a discolouring residue and cause swelling, warping and void the warranty.

• Never use scouring powder products, steel wool or abrasives.

• Put fabric-faced glides (non-staining), casters or felt pad protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.

• Keep pet’s nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt.

• Use a dolly or protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects.

• Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor.

• When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on your flooring. It is best to pick up furniture completely to protect the flooring.

• Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings.

• Maintain normal interior humidity levels. The range should be between 40% and 60%. Use a humidifier or dehumidifier if necessary.

 

STAIN SOLVER Stain/Problem  Instructions 
Juice, wine, grease, chocolate Wipe with lightly-damp cloth and a wood cleaner.Clean with mineral spirits.
Lipstick, asphalt, shoe polish, paint, crayon, ink, dried foods, nail polish Wipe with lightly-damp cloth and a wood cleaner for any remains.
Candle wax, chewing gum Harden with ice and gently scrape with a plastic scraper; be careful not to scratch the flooring surface.