The Great Indoors


CARING FOR YOUR NEW FLOOR makes all the difference for your long term satisfaction with the products you purchase.  Here you can find some basics for caring for your stone, tile, carpet, hardwood, resilient (vinyl) and laminate flooring. 

Natural Stone: 
Natural stone is a product of nature and has a porousity the requires it to be sealed. Original color and sheen can be changed without proper care.  

1. Use a neutral ph cleaner (this excludes vinegar, ammonia, acids, Tilex, and other harsh chemicals) 
2. Avoid abrasive cleaning agents and abrasive cleaning tools.
3. Sealers that are penetrating and made for stone are the only ones we recommend.  The grout can also be sealed with the same sealer as the stone and will make long term maintenance easier. 


CERAMIC OR PORCELAIN TILE: 
Usually tile is glazed and therefore sealed from moisture penetrating it's surface.  Remember that grout is a colored cementous product, which is susceptible to discoloration, absorption, and breakdown as any other cementous product.  Many sealers are available that can be easily applied to only the grout making the over maintenance of a tile floor minimal.  

1. Use mild liquid detergents or neutral ph cleaners.  Make sure that you rinse all residue completely. 
2. Avoid acids, ammonia, abrasive cleaning tools, and bleach or other harsh household chemicals as this could cause discoloration of the grout, and in extreme cases a breakdown of the grout and/or caulk. 

Prefinished Hardwood (Solid and Engineered):
For day to day maintenance, dry dust mopping is appropriate.  
If there is a spill, do not allow it to sit before soaking it up in a towel.
For cleaning, a hardwood cleaner may be misted on, and immediately mopped off with a microfiber, or disposable cleaning cloth.  Do not pour excessive amounts of water onto the floor with the use of a sponge mop or string mop. 


Steam cleaners are NEVER recommended for any hardwood flooring.  


If you need to move heavy furniture and/or appliances, such as your refrigerator, across the floor, always use strips of wood or hardboard runways to protect the floor. Always use runways even if you have an appliance dolly, or even if the heavy objects are equipped with wheels or rollers.

Carpet: 

Vacuum regularly

Spot cleaning: always use a white, terry cloth when doing spot cleaning.        

First, remove the large pieces of debris.

Warm,  clean water on the cloth, using a blotting motion.

If it is a spill, use a dry, white, terry cloth to soak up the liquid.  Apply pressure.  Avoid a  harsh scrubbing motion.  If it is an oil based stain like motor oil or cooking oils, a commercial spot cleaner with a dry white terry cloth is recommended.  Apply the cleaner to the cloth, not carpet.


Steam cleaning:  Pre-treat the carpet with an alcohol based or immulsifier.  Allow to sit for the manufacturer's recommended time,  usually between 5 and 15 minutes.  Then use warm, clean water only in the machine.  This water should not be too hot to the touch (about 120 degrees)  The water should NEVER exceed 180 degrees or it will strip off the protective stain coatings from the manufacturer.  This clean water in the machine will be used to remove the pre-treatment solution and any soiling from the carpet.  Make slow even passes until the water runs clear.  This may take several passes and you may need to change the water several times.  Circulate the air in the space and allow the carpet to dry before walking or sitting on it.     
                    
Laminate flooring (Wood look or tile look):

  • For day to day maintenance, sweeping or dry dust mopping is appropriate.  
  • If there is a spill, do not allow it to sit long before soaking it up with a towel. Remove the wet towel immediately. 
  • For cleaning, a laminate cleaner may be misted on, and immediately mopped off with a microfiber, or disposable cleaning cloth.  Do not pour excessive amounts of water onto the floor with the use of a sponge mop or string mop. 
  • Steam cleaners are NEVER recommended for any laminate flooring and can damage your flooring

Resilient (sheet vinyl) or Fiberglass Reinforced Sheet Vinyl:

  • Sweep your floor regularly (at least once a week) to remove loose dirt.
  • Prevent stains by wiping spills promptly.
  • Occasional mopping with resilient or sheet vinyl cleaner  is recommended when dirt builds up and sweeping alone is not sufficient.  Do not use soap or detergent products as they will leave a dulling film. Rinsing is not  always required when using  some vinyl cleaners, but if time permits, rinsing will provide the best care and highest shine. Check with the manufacturer recommendations on the packaging. 
  • Most vinyl floors are no-wax floors and do not require additional polish.
  • All high-gloss floors will lose shine over time. To restore gloss on Mannington Resilient, apply Mannington Award Series® Polish. Do not use wax. Do not buff. Be sure to thoroughly clean, rinse, and allow the floor to dry completely prior to applying polish. E
  • Mannington NatureForm® Collections are low-gloss floors. Use polish or "mop and shine" products only if you wish to make the floor shiny.
  • After several applications of polish, an occasional stripping and reapplication of polish may be necessary. This may also be necessary for excessive dirt and grime build-up. We recommend the use of Mannington Award Series® Heavy Duty Cleaner and Stripper. After thorough cleaning, rinsing, and drying, apply Mannington Award Series® Polish to restore the shine. High traffic areas may require more than one application of polish. Allow polish to dry "tack-free" between coats.

Caution: Resilient floors can be slippery when wet. Use extreme caution when walking on a wet floor. 
 

If you need to move heavy furniture and/or appliances, such as your refrigerator, across the floor, always use strips of wood or hardboard runways to protect the floor. Always use runways even if you have an appliance dolly, or even if the heavy objects are equipped with wheels or rollers.


Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank (commercial or residential): 

  • ​Sweep your floor regularly (at least once a week) to remove loose dirt.
  • Dust mop with micro-fiber pad may be done as often as you like. 
  • Wipe up spills promptly.
  • Occasional mopping with resilient or vinyl cleaner  is recommended when dirt builds up and sweeping alone is not sufficient.  Do not use soap or detergent products as they will leave a dulling film. Rinsing is not  always required when using  some vinyl cleaners, but if time permits, rinsing will provide the best care and highest shine. Check with the manufacturer recommendations on the packaging.