What type of flooring do you need to take care of during this rainy season?
- Ceramic tiles
- Vinyl tiles
Cleaning your floors is important at all times, no matter the time and place. However, some seasons definitely require more attention than others. In particular, floor care during the rainy season is a lot more different from what you may be used to. If you’re just doing the minimum when it comes to this kind of task, then it’s time to reconsider the methods you’re using. Continue reading to learn more!
Though ceramic tiles are fairly simple to clean, you may need to pay more attention to them during the rainy season. There are many ways this kind of flooring can be affected. One is if there are minor, but repairable leaks in your ceiling and another is if someone’s damp footwear travels on this surface. Droplets of water, if left unattended for a long time may leave out a stain buildup, or film, that may be laborious to clean up.
Luckily, vinegar can easily wipe these stains out. Use a solution of around ¼ cup of vinegar with a bucket of warm water. You need to conduct surface preparation on the ceramic tiles, so make sure that you thoroughly sweep with a broom or a vacuum cleaner, ensuring any loose debris, dirt, or dust have been eliminated. After, you need to simply dip a mop into the vinegar solution and start cleaning. Make sure you begin cleaning at one corner of the room before moving on to the next.
Wood is a highly sensitive material — it can easily lose its quality and appeal once it’s been left soaked in water. This is why you have to make sure that you avoid your wooden floors from attaining any kind of moisture. You need to focus on the other elements in your house and not just your floor area.
To maintain the quality of wooden floors, make sure that each leak in your house has already been fixed. Stay on top of your roof maintenance, most crucially now as the rainy season begins approaching. On another note, it’s important that you constantly remind yourself and your family members to avoid bringing in wet objects such as umbrellas, raincoats, and damp clothing inside your wooden-tiled floors.
The best piece of advice when it comes to maintaining wooden floors is to immediately mop up a pool of water with a dry rag or mop — don’t wait for the water to be absorbed by the material.
If someone in your household has a habit of not wiping off the soles of their shoes on a doormat before entering your vinyl-floored house, then you may want to help them change this habit. Though vinyl tiles are already durable on their own, you still need to make an effort in removing stains coming from rainwater, or murky water mixed with soil.
Cleaning vinyl floors can be done through everyday household items such as bleach and water. Before anything else, make sure you have done the proper surface preparation. After, a simple solution of bleach and water can easily remove these stubborn stains. Submerge a mop or a large rag into the solution for at least an hour before you begin cleaning.
Stone tiles are most commonly applied as outdoor floorings. These tiles will probably be the hardest hit among any other tile you have in your house. Sustaining their appearance and material in time for the rainy season may require you to do more complicated techniques.
Since most stone tiles are naturally porous, sealing them with a protective layer of coating helps protect it against the effects of moisture. This is usually done prior to tile installation, but in case you missed out on that, it’s not yet too late for you.
To reiterate, you need to have your stone tiles undergo surface preparation. Use a broom or a vacuum to remove mounds of dirt and dust. After, lightly scrub the surface by using a sponge and some warm water. Leave it out to dry before applying your sealant using a paintbrush. Make sure to even out your application so that each stone tile is equally protected. Allow the sealant to settle for at least two hours, or as directed by the product.
Floor care during the rainy season requires you to understand the environmental effects of rain on different kinds of flooring material.
As mentioned before, most of these can be relatively easy to clean on their own using simple materials such as warm water, or a mop. However, some of them need more care and attention as you anticipate the wet season.
The tips above can hopefully allow you to get started with your rainy day flooring preparation. Click here to contact Floor Center for more information!