It's a Clean Sweep: Caring for Floors at Your Williamsville Apartment

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With tips from the Renaissance Place Apartments Blog, caring for floors in your apartment just got easier. We have some tips to help you keep them looking great. Whether you’re vacuuming a rug or sweeping a floor, we appreciate the time you take to care for the floor.

Routine Care

Daily and weekly care of floors will result in an apartment that looks good all the time. Sweep with a broom or dust mop, or vacuum your floor regularly. If you vacuum a hard-surface floor, use a soft-bristled attachment for your vacuum to avoid damage that can be caused by using a beater bar or power rotary brush head.

High-traffic areas need to be cleaned often. Doing so will prevent gritty dirt or other particles building up, which can scratch the surface of the floor.

To prevent damage to your floor from excessive direct sunlight, use UV-blocking window coverings. Wood floors gradually age when not covered, so periodically rearrange the furniture and rugs to aid in even aging.

Preventative Care

If you have a pet, keep its nails trimmed and paws clean. Pets tend to track in substances that may cause stains to floors.

Take humidity into account, maintain an even temperature year-round to prevent wood shrinkage; aim for humidity between 35% and 55%.

Immediately wipe up spills so that foods, liquids, and other substances are not left standing on the floor.

If substances like wax or chewing gum end up stuck to the floor, use ice to harden, then use a plastic scraper (a credit card will work) to gently scrape away the residue. Be careful not to scratch the surface in the process. Once the residue is removed, wipe the area with a clean, soft, slightly damp cloth.

Extra Care

For heavy furniture invest in high-quality protective pads to protect your floor and to easily move the furniture.

Place floor mats at entrances and exits and in high traffic area such as in front of sinks, vanities, etc. Floor mats will help reduce the number of corrosive bits that will be tracked onto your floors — particularly during the winter months. Mats also reduce wear on the floor — we love the variety of kitchen floor mats that Wayfair offers.

We appreciate the care you take to make sure your floors are clean and looking good! Thanks for reading today’s post, and enjoy the rest of January here in Williamsville, NY.