You may not think much about your floors — you just walk across them to get from one place to another in your house. But the floors are one of the first things that potential buyers look at in your home. Even if you aren’t planning to sell any time soon, simply maintaining your floors is one of the best things you can do to maintain the value of your home. That way, you won’t have to completely replace the floors when it comes time to sell.
Maintaining your floors will also make your home more pleasant so that you are better able to enjoy it at the end of the day. You’ll also create a better impression when you are entertaining if you have beautiful floors.
Here are a few things you can do to restore your floors if they have become stained, scratched, or otherwise lost their luster because of heavy traffic or neglect:
Get a Professional Cleaning
Buying extra-strength cleaners or even renting a commercial carpet cleaner won’t be enough to get out tough stains and odors from your floors. You need professional tools and professional cleaners. Renting a carpet extractor can help you get the stains and odors out of your carpet, and a Tennant scrubber is a good choice for bare floors like wood, tile and concrete.
With the right tools, you will be surprised at what a change you can see in your floors. You can get results that will make it seem like you have installed new floors — not just cleaned them.
Refinish Wood Floors
Wood floors are a popular choice thanks to their beautiful look and their ease of maintenance. But they can also be scratched easily if you are not careful. Moving furniture can leave big gouges on the floors, and walking across the floor can cause minor scratches from the dirt and fine gravel you drag in on your shoes. The protective surface coating will also wear down over time.
You can restore your wood floors by refinishing them. That involves lightly sanding the surface of the floors and re-coating them with polyurethane or another protective coating.
Re-Seal Concrete Floors
Concrete floors are durable and can be beautiful with the right finish. But heavy traffic and chemicals can cause that finish to break down over time. The best thing you can do to protect and restore your concrete floors is to re-seal them. You may choose a clear finish that adds a nice shine, or you may choose a colored finish that creates the look you want for your decor.
Regular maintenance can help reduce the possibility of staining and scratching on your floors, but it won’t prevent them entirely. Eventually, you will have to take steps to restore your floors. These tools and techniques can help you make your floors look beautiful again. You’ll retain the value of your home and create a more pleasant environment.