Choosing the right flooring for your home may seem like a daunting task. This is a process that you must combine your own taste and budget with practicality. There are many options you always need to consider such as: how big is your family, do you have kids or pets? How much traffic is this area going to get, and the list goes on.
One big thing you should ask yourself is, how easy will it be cleaning this floor?
In the past 18 years of running our cleaning business we’ve seen every type of flooring. We have learned that most clients will choose the floor because it was beautiful but did not consider the upkeep with it. Something so small such as choosing the right color makes the biggest difference. Trust us!
For those people who want something that is easy to clean as well as “look clean” to consider picking a lighter neutral color. If you choose a warmer neutral color such as a dark brown, sometimes depending on the type of flooring, you will see everything repel off of it (dust, footprints, spills, streak marks etc). This is something you should really consider and do your homework before choosing.
In terms of how to clean your floors, there are many products out there that it is always hard to choose. We suggest just using water with a microfibre mop. Every so often pour a little vinegar in the water to use, this is the most natural way. Many cleaners will dull or damage your floors over time or a film will create over your floors due to the cleaning product, which in time can be extremely difficult to clean.
Lastly, we always recommend that if you can, invest the extra money in hardwood floors. These can be sanded and re-stained as time goes on, which you will have longer lasting floors. Most people will choose laminate or vinyl as it is a cheaper alternative to hardwood, not realizing the issues they may have down the road.
It is not always about saving money at the time of a purchase, it’s about the quality and the time you will have to spend with these floors in the years to come.