Whether homeowners choose San Diego tile flooring or San Diego carpet, they will encounter a huge variety of choices sure to meet the style and budget of just about anyone. However, once those choices have been made and the new flooring has been installed, only proper maintenance will ensure a long and attractive life for San Diego flooring.
Carpet is a type of flooring that requires more care and cleaning than other choices. This is because dirt gets settled down into the fibers and matting beneath, invisible to the naked eye. But anyone who has ever taken a look at the water in a steam cleaner after a cleaning knows that carpet can be quite dirty even if it looks clean on the surface. This is primarily due to improper and infrequent vacuuming of San Diego flooring where sand is so common. To keep dirt and dust from settling into fibers and into the matting below, a carpet should be vacuumed at least twice a week, and more often for high traffic areas. This also prevents silicates from settling into the fibers. Silicates are small, sharp pieces of rock that can become absorbed into the fiber of a carpet. From then on, every time the carpet is stepped on, the silicate cuts the fiber a little more, causing the fraying so commonly seen in San Diego carpet. Vacuuming should also be done slowly and thoroughly. The more times a spot is hit and the slower each spot is hit, the more dirt, dust, dust mites and silicates will be removed from San Diego carpet. This type of flooring should also receive a deep steam cleaning at least twice a year.
Dirt is more clearly evident on San Diego tile flooring, so homeowners much more likely to keep it clean. However, there is still a correct cleaning method to follow to ensure your tile floors get as clean as they should be. Dirt does get stuck to tile with the greatest of ease, so a regular sweeping is needed. You can also vacuum, but be sure it has a setting with a beater bar to keep from scratching and chipping the tiles. Use attachments to get between the tiles once in a while in your home in San Diego. Tile flooring should be mopped with a damp mop at least once a week. A solution of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 warm water will work as well as anything else. Mats and runners are also the friend of homeowners with tile flooring. Secure the mats with rubber backing to prevent slipping, and place mats both inside and outside of entryways. For deeper cleaning use a soft bristled brush to scrub tiles with the mildest detergent that can be found, then rinse with lukewarm water. If soft water is being used in the household, an all-purpose cleanser should be employed, and then thoroughly rinsed off. If deposits, mildew or other stubborn problems occur, purchase a specialty product at the local store, again going as mild as possible. Always be sure to take care of all spills promptly to avoid set in stains, especially in the grout. Tile can also be steam cleaned, and this will keep the grout from becoming slowly dulled.