When it comes to flooring choices, homeowners in the West Columbia, Lexington & Irmo SC areas normally have dozens to choose from when it comes to the main areas of your home, such as bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. Yet humidity and moisture-prone areas like kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements can limit your choices. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia West recommend that you pick flooring surfaces that aren’t affected by large fluctuations of humidity. You should also select flooring that won’t become damaged by water from appliances or moisture-prone foundations.

With that in mind, our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia West suggest either vinyl, engineered wood, or ceramic tile. Each material has water-resistant capabilities and handles humidity extremely well. If you decide to pick any of these surfaces for the wet and humid areas of your home, you’ll want to maintain the beauty of your flooring by performing adequate care and maintenance. Here are several tips on how to pamper your floors so they look fantastic for years.

Cleaning Tile Floors

Care for Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is perhaps the easiest to care for in wet and humid areas of your home. Most of the time, a good sweeping and vacuuming will allow vinyl flooring to maintain its appearance without too much effort. Plain water and a sponge mop can usually clean up any dirt or mud that has adhered to the surface.

There are many cleaning products on the market for vinyl tile. However, most homeowners in the West Columbia, Lexington & Irmo SC can rely on common household products like mild detergent or white vinegar to disinfect their vinyl floors. The one thing to keep in mind is that some vinyl floors have seams, which can capture dirt and water spills. Clean up the mess quickly to keep the seams looking clean.

Care for Engineered Wood Flooring

Homeowners who love the warm and welcoming look of wood yet need a more stable product in wet and humid rooms can’t go wrong with engineered wood flooring. Pre-finished engineered wood can be kept clean by occasionally sweeping and vacuuming the surface. Avoid vacuuming with a sweeper brush, as you don’t want to scratch the surface.

While engineered wood can withstand moisture, it isn’t indestructible. Clean up wet messes quickly. Perform periodic cleaning using a mop and the recommended floor cleaner advised by the engineered wood flooring manufacturer. Then dry the excess moisture from the floor.

Care for Ceramic Tile Flooring

For the ultimate waterproof surface that can handle humidity, ceramic tile is an ideal choice. It is also easy to maintain. Sweep the dirt from the surface with a broom or a wet mop. You can also use a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t have a beater bar so it doesn’t scratch the tile’s surface.

If you have textured tile, you can clean it using a soft bristle brush and mild detergent in water. Ensure to rinse the surface clean so there is no leftover residue and dry the floor to remove any film. One of the main cleaning issues with tile is the grout becoming stained. So clean up spills quickly and always seal grout to prevent dirt penetration.

Our experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia West have more tips on how to clean all kinds of floors.  Just give us a call at the number below and we’d be happy to answer all of your flooring questions!

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