Sweep it Away -- Floor Care 101
Here at The Village at Odenton Station, we are pleased to offer the amenities our residents expect, and that includes the carpet and hard-surface flooring in our apartments. In today’s blog post we have some tips for caring for flooring to keep it looking like new.
Daily sweeping (or at least every few days - we know life gets busy) and weekly vacuuming make all the difference. Sweep with a broom or dust mop, or vacuum your hard-surface floor regularly. If you vacuum, use a soft-bristled attachment for your vacuum to avoid damage that can be caused by using a beater bar or power rotary brush head.
Clean high-traffic areas often. Doing so will prevent gritty dirt or other particles from building up, which can scratch the floor’s surface, or in the case of carpet be ground down into the carpet.
To prevent damage to your floor from excessive direct sunlight, use UV-blocking window coverings. Wood floors gradually age when not covered, so periodically rearrange the furniture and rugs to aid in even aging in rooms where there may be these floors.
If you have a pet, keep its nails trimmed and paws clean. Pets tend to track in substances that may cause stains to floors.
Take humidity into account, maintain an even temperature year-round to prevent wood shrinkage; aim for humidity between 35% - 55%.
Immediately wipe up spills so that foods, liquids, and other substances are not left standing on the floor. Use appropriate cleaners on floor surfaces.
If you end up with wax or chewing gum stuck to the floor, use ice to harden, then use a plastic scraper (a credit card will work) to gently scrape away the residue. Be careful not to scratch the surface in the process. Once the residue is removed, wipe the area with a clean, soft, slightly damp cloth.
For heavy furniture invest in high quality protective pads to protect your floor and to easily move the furniture.
Place floor mats at entrances and exits and in high traffic area such as in front of sinks, vanities, etc. Floor mats will help reduce the amount of outside debri that will be tracked onto your floors. Mats also reduce wear on the floor.
Things to Avoid
Stay away from abrasive cleaning aids like steel wool, pre-filled scouring pads containing cleanser, or any scouring powders.
Do not use 2-in-1 cleaners that contain acrylics or urethane polish to restore gloss.
We hope these tips will prove helpful when it comes to keeping your apartment floors looking good. We’re so happy you live in our apartment community here in Odenton, MD. Thanks for reading today’s post.