Keeping Your New Hardwood and Marble Floors Looking Their Best

Having a new home built by Destin custom home builders can be a very rewarding experience, one in which you get to select all of the materials that will be used to finish the interior of your home such as the flooring in each room. While wood floors have long been a very popular choice for many rooms in a home, in recent years there has been a major movement towards using laminated flooring in the more common rooms and marble in rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom.

While both of these materials can be used to create beautiful floors in practically any room in your new home, you need to take the time to learn how to take care of them properly from the outset. Both the new laminates being used for flooring and marble are incredibly durable materials and can provide you with many years of service. However they do require a certain amount of care if you want your floors to stay looking as good as they did when you first moved into your home.

If you have marble flooring installed anywhere in your home, you need to start taking care of it from the first day you move in. Since the marble is sealed, you need only use a very soft mop and hot water to keep it clean. If the floor is soiled to the point where water alone is not going to get the job done, there are cleaners that are made specifically for this type of flooring.

You need to avoid most commercial cleaners as they tend to be acidic in nature and will damage your floor. The important thing to keep in mind is that frequent cleanings can reduce the buildup of dirt that requires you to use a cleaning product and serve to keep your marble flooring looking its best for many years to come.

The same basic theory applies to most laminate floors, in that constant light cleaning is far more preferable than occasional heavy scrubbing. Routine cleaning can be done with nothing more than a dry mop to sweep up dirt and debris. Today you can find several different brands of dry mop available that not only sweep up the dirt but have special disposable cloths that will pick it up for easy disposal. Try to clean up spills as soon as they occur rather than letting them dry in place.

If you find stains that have been allowed to dry, you can find commercial cleaners that have been specifically designed for use on laminate flooring. Be very careful in your choice as there are a number of cleaners that can cause significant damage to your floor’s finish. If in doubt test the cleaner you buy on a small out of sight area first. Alternatively, you can use a mix of vinegar and water as long as you keep the solution relatively weak.

The most important thing to remember regarding caring for your laminate and marble floors is that you need to stay on top of keeping them as clean as possible. Regular light cleaning is far preferable and will keep your floors looking their best. Destin custom home builders will suggest that you should only resort to heavy cleaning when you have no choice such as finding an old spill that has stained or after inclement weather when mud and dirt have been tracked in. With proper care your floors should provide you with many years of beauty and service.

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