|Hardwood vs Flagstone|
Floors in contemporary homes have come a long way. Wood and carpet are no longer the only options. Homeowners can choose from Ceramic tile floors, wood, vinyl, marble, linoleum and other beautiful choices. If you enjoy showing off your beautiful home, and floors, here are a few tips to make cleaning and condition easy.
Your beautiful hardwood floor might have a sealer on it like lacquer, varnish or shellac. If this is the case you will need to care for your floors with solvent-based cleaners and polishes. But if your floor is treated with polyurethane, you have a few more options for cleaning and shining your floor.
Hardwood floors can be cleaned with this really easy method. Two teabags steeped in a pot of boiling water. After a few minutes put the tea in something convenient to work with, like a bucket, and using a soft cloth soaked in the tea and then wrung out until it is only damp, wash the floor. The tannic acid in the tea will leave your wood floor with a beautiful shine.
To repair cracks in hardwood floors, borrow one of your child’s crayons, the color of the floor, and rub it into the gap, filling in the crack. Heat the repaired crack with your blow dryer and then buff the area with a soft cloth.
If you’d rather not use such homegrown methods, try cleaning your floors with a liquid floor cleaner for wood floors. Open a window or other source of ventilation since these stronger chemicals can combust. With a dry wax applicator, soak a small area and then wipe clean. When your floor is dry, buff it with a floor polisher.
Natural stone floors give look contemporary and sophisticated. Cleaning these floors is a little more work than wood, but you will love the results.
Keep them looking their finest with a commercial sealer instead of varnish or lacquer. Dirt can be cleaned from your floor with a mixture of one-quarter cup of low-sudsing cleaner mixed with one-half gallon cold water and one cup ammonia.
Wearing work gloves and with an open window for ventilation, apply the mixture using a sponge mop. When ready to rinse the floor, use clear, cold water and buff dry with a soft rag.
Upkeep is an easier process using a damp mop with fabric softener in water and applied evenly with a mop. Fix a dull film appearance with a cup of white vinegar in water. Then sit back and admire your beautiful floors.