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How to Extend the Life of Your Flooring

A Quick Guide to the Lifespan of Different Types of Flooring & How To Extend the Life of Your Flooring

Flooring is an invaluable part of your home. It's what you walk on, what your pets walk on, and what your kids play on. But as time passes, flooring starts to show its age.

Many aspects can affect the lifespan of a flooring type, and there are steps you can take to extend its life. We will delve into detail about the different types of flooring. We will also discuss how to care for them and when they are most likely to reach the end of their life span.

Carpet

carpetCarpet is one of the most significant parts of your home. It provides comfort and warmth for your feet and protects you from dirt and dust. Carpets are in constant contact with different elements, so they must be taken care of to last as long as possible.

  • Use mats at entrances to wipe feet
  • Vacuum frequently
  • Protect from sun damage by closing curtains and blinds or utilizing a UV glass film on windows.
  • Clean up spills as soon as possible.
  • Professionally clean every 12 to 18 months

Carpet can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years depending on the carpet type, fibers, cushion, and wear and tear it is exposed to.

Hardwood

hardwoodHardwood flooring is a popular choice for homeowners. It provides a warm, natural look that you can preserve with proper care and maintenance. Hardwood flooring is durable, but not resistant to scratches, stains, and other damage that can happen over the years. You must take care of it properly to avoid damage and extend its lifespan.

  • Use floor mats to protect high-traffic areas such as entrances
  • Sweep with a high-quality broom regularly
  • Use a vacuum without a beater bar in hard-to-reach areas
  • Use cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer
  • Don't wet mop or use excessive water
  • Spot clean as needed with a damp towel
  • Clean up spills immediately
  • Do not drag hefty objects across the floor
  • Refinish every 7 to 10 years

Hardwood flooring can last an average of 100 years, depending on wear and tear.

Luxury Vinyl

vinylLuxury vinyl is a luxurious flooring option that will last for years and years. You can install it in any room of your home, and it is even more durable than traditional hardwood floors. But what do you need to know about luxury vinyl flooring to keep it looking its finest?

  • Sweep or vacuum (without a beater bar) frequently
  • Mop with clean, warm water, rinse with fresh water
  • Use cleaning products recommended by the individual manufacturer
  • Do not use detergents, abrasive cleaners, or "mom and shine" products (anything with oil is not good for vinyl)
  • Mats or rugs at all entrances
  • Clean spots and spills immediately

A high-quality luxury vinyl floor can have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years when professionally installed.

Tile

tileTile is a wise choice for your flooring. It is durable and comes in many different styles. However, you must take care of your tile floor to extend its life. There are a few things you can do to help keep your tile looking new for as long as possible.

  • Regular sweeping or vacuuming without a beater bar
  • Use door mats at all entrances
  • Damp mop using the manufacturer's recommended cleaner
  • Clean up spills as soon as possible
  • Do not use anything abrasive, bleach, or ammonia-based cleaners
  • Clean and reseal grout every 6 months to a year

A tile floor can easily last 20 to over 50 years when appropriately maintained.

Laminate

laminateLaminate flooring is a viable option for homeowners that want to get the look of hardwood without the hassle of maintenance. But, as with any flooring, it will eventually need some care to ensure it lasts for a long time.

  • Regular sweeping with a dry dust mop or vacuum without a beater bar
  • Occasional damp mop - but wipe it down with a dry cloth immediately
  • Place doormats at all entrances
  • Pick up furniture and do not drag it across the floor

Laminate flooring can last 20 to 30 years for a high-quality laminate appropriately installed. A lower-quality laminate usually lasts between 10 and 15 years.

Area Rugs

area rugsArea rugs are an excellent way to add color and warmth to your home. But how do you make sure that your rug lasts for years?

  • Regular vacuuming on both sides of the rug (keeping the floor underneath clean as well)
  • Clean up any spots or spills immediately
  • Professionally clean twice a year
  • Use padding under a rug
  • Never fold; always roll when storing

Area rugs typically last between 5 and 10 years, depending on their construction, regular maintenance, and foot traffic.

How to Extend the Life of Your FlooringThe World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has great resources on how to extend the life of your flooring and care for individual flooring types HERE. Creative Carpet & Flooring is your one-stop shop offering professional carpet cleaning services, hardwood floor refinishing, and care and cleaning products for all types of flooring. Call or visit our Mokena, Illinois, or Highland, Indiana, showroom today!

Michelle Cress

Michelle Cress, Flooring Consultant

Michelle specializes in residential flooring and prides herself on being patient with a passion for helping people. Drawing on her experience managing kitchen and bath remodel projects, cabinetry, countertops, and flooring, Michelle now focuses on flooring. She enjoys assisting clients in selecting colors and styles utilizing her design background. Michelle is a qualified Interior Designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design. You might catch her dancing to the showroom’s overhead music if you enter the store quietly. Visit our Mokena, Illinois showroom to have Michelle help you design your flooring project today!

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