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Flooring Care & Maintenance

Did you know that proper flooring care and maintenance directly impacts the life of your floors? Rest assured, we’ve got you covered when it comes to all things floor care and cleaning! At The Floor Trader, we understand the importance of maintaining your investment, which is why we offer straightforward guidance and top-quality products that are easy to clean. Our no-nonsense approach ensures that you can easily find the tools and solutions you need to protect your floors for years to come. Whether you've chosen a gorgeous white oak plank for your new living room or a waterproof luxury vinyl for your kitchen, we're here to help you maintain your floor’s beauty and durability.

Arm yourself with the latest knowledge of flooring care to bring added value to your investment by learning more about how to maintain each floor type below!

General Carpet Care

When it comes to caring for your carpets, consistency is the name of the game. To keep your carpets looking their best, make sure to vacuum them regularly. Pay extra attention to the areas where people walk the most, like hallways and living rooms, as they tend to get dirtier faster. It's best to vacuum these spots every day to keep them clean and fresh. For the rest of your carpeted areas, vacuuming once a week should be enough to maintain their cleanliness. By sticking to this simple carpet care routine, you'll not only keep your floors looking beautiful but also help them stay strong and durable for years to come.

Many types of carpet cleaners are available, including dry cleaners, spray-on foam cleaners, and wet shampoo. Make sure you choose a cleaner specifically made for carpets and check your carpet’s warranty before using the product. Always test a new cleaner in an inconspicuous area of the carpet before use. Avoid any products meant for hard surfaces, such as wood or tile. When choosing a professional carpet cleaner, ask for a reference and/or a firm estimate.

Hardwood Floor Maintenance

At The Floor Trader, we believe in keeping your hardwood floors looking their best with straightforward maintenance tips that match our commitment to quality and efficiency. Regular care and attention are key to ensuring your hardwood floor remains stunning for years to come. Start by incorporating a gentle cleaning routine into your regular schedule, using a soft-bristled broom or a vacuum with a hardwood floor attachment to remove dirt and debris. When it's time for a deeper clean, opt for a warranty-approved hardwood-specific cleaner that won't leave behind any residue or dullness. Additionally, be mindful of spills, moisture, and humidity, as these can cause solid hardwood planks to warp. Promptly wipe up any spills to prevent warping, stains, or other damage. With consistent care and attention to detail, your hardwood floors will be a lifelong investment, continuing to radiate warmth and elegance for years to come.

How to Clean Tile

With our simple approach to floor care, keeping your tiles looking pristine is easier than ever. Start by incorporating regular upkeep into your routine—sweep or vacuum your tiles frequently to remove dust and debris, safeguarding against scratches and dullness. Don't forget those grout lines, where dirt and grime love to hide! For a deeper clean, opt for a warranty-approved tile-friendly cleaner and a gentle mop. Remember to use warm water and wring out the mop to prevent excess water from seeping into the grout lines. And when spills strike, act fast to prevent lasting damage—swiftly wipe them up and keep your tiles shining bright for years to come!

Vinyl Floor Care

Our commitment to exceptional value ensures that caring for your luxury vinyl floors is as straightforward as it gets. Regular maintenance is as easy as sweeping or vacuuming your floors weekly to remove any dirt or debris. For deeper cleaning, use a gentle mop with a warranty-approved, vinyl-friendly cleaner that will do the trick without leaving behind any residue.

Luxury vinyl's waterproof and durable nature means you can rest easy knowing it can withstand the challenges of daily life with ease. With The Floor Trader's wide selection of quality products and unparalleled reputation as "the money saver," you can trust that your luxury vinyl floors will remain beautiful and resilient for years to come.

Cleaning Laminate Floors

Keeping your laminate floors looking their best is a breeze –just a quick sweep or vacuum once a week will banish any dirt or debris that dares to mess with your floors' beauty. But if you're itching for a more thorough clean, reach for a warranty-approved, laminate-friendly cleaner and give those floors a gentle mop. With our selection of durable, scratch-resistant laminate, you can trust that your floors will stand strong against whatever life throws their way—even the chaos brought on by kids and pets!

Treating Spills on Carpets

Here at The Floor Trader, we know that the number one rule in treating spills is to act immediately! Don't let the spill set, or it may never come out.

That’s why we’ve put together these simple steps to remove even the toughest stains on your carpet:

  1. Apply a damp, white paper towel soaked in a cleaning solution to the spot (see list of solutions below); never wet the carpet through to the backing.
  2. Blot-press straight down with a white paper towel (do not rub).
  3. Place a 1/2" thick pad of white paper towels with a weight on top and leave overnight if necessary.
  4. Scrape from the outside edge of the spot toward the center.

Treat stains with one of the following approved cleaning solutions:

Treating Stains on Hard Surface Floors

Embark on a journey to conquer stains on hard surface floors with our expert guidance. Consider the following instructions as your trusty roadmap, leading you to victory over stubborn stains and spills. At The Floor Trader, we're here to empower you with the knowledge and tools needed to restore your floors to their former glory. Let's dive in and tackle those stains head-on!

For stains on hardwood, luxury vinyl, or laminate flooring, begin by promptly wiping up any spills or stains using a soft cloth or paper towel to prevent them from seeping into the floor. For tougher stains like grease or ink, a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap can often do the trick. Apply the solution to the stained area using a soft cloth and gently rub until the stain lifts. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive scrubbers, as they may damage your floor’s surface.

Treating Tile Stains

When it comes to stains on tiles, begin by promptly wiping up any spills with a clean, damp cloth to prevent them from setting into the tile grout. For tougher stains like grease or mildew, a mixture of warm water and vinegar often works wonders. Apply the solution to the stained area using a soft brush or sponge, then rinse thoroughly with clean water. For stubborn stains, a commercial tile cleaner may be necessary, but be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

Learn more about proper flooring care and maintenance from a Floor Trader expert at one of our local stores when you contact us today.