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The secret to the longevity of any floor covering or countertop is routine maintenance!  I have people ask me every day how long a product will last in their home, and my answer is simply "How well are you going to take care of it?"  Regular vacuuming or dust mopping and quick attention to spills is significant in determining how long your investment will last!  In addition, the correct cleaning products are essential!

Carpet Care
Like I said above, regular vacumming and quick attention to spills is essential.  For a good spot cleaner we recommend CarpetAid+. For larger areas, steam cleaning your carpet is recommended.  It is also recommended that you have your carpet cleaned with steam extraction every 12 to 18 months for routine maintenance.  Use a reputable cleaning company for your carpet.  Carpet getting too wet or too hot during the cleaning process can cause the latex in the backing to relax resulting in your carpet wrinkling.  You should inquire with your cleaning professional about having a ScotchGuard protection put on your carpet after having it steam cleaned. (This is not necessary on most SHAW nylon carpet.) It does add an extra expense, but it will replace any of the stain protection that was removed with the steam extraction.  *Some new polyester carpets on the market today CANNOT have an added stain protection applied to them after installation - they become flammable.  Be sure to check with your retailer.  The polyesters we offer at COMPLETE FLOORCOVERING do not have this particular yarn construction and therefore, have no restrictions with stain protection.
Do not drag heavy objects across your carpet.  This can also result in the "stretching" of your carpet backing causing wrinkles in your carpet. 
For a list of household spills and recommended cleaning methods click here.

Ceramic and Porcelain
First of all, it should be noted that grout lines should be sealed.  It will make routine maintenance faster and easier.  Quality penetrating silicone sealers, like DuPont's StoneTech Advanced Grout Sealer is recommended.
Do not use household cleaners containing oils on your ceramic tile.  The oils in these cleaners will adhere to your grout lines and cause them to darken.  
For daily or routine cleaning and maintenance, we recommend StoneTech's Revitalizer or Refresh Pro by TEC.  For cleaning of heavy soiled grout lines, we recommend StoneTech's KlenzAll or TEC's Like New for powering through though dirt and grease.  Both are safe to use on ceramic, porcelain and natural stones.
Do you have ceramic tile that is in good condition but you would like to change the grout?  Consider a grout colorant.  Grout colorants are simply an epoxy paint-like covering that is applied over existing grout lines.  You can check out AquaMix grout stains for colors available.  Grout colorants not only change the color of the grout, they seal the grout lines as well for years of protection.   

Natural Stone
All natural stone needs to be sealed to prevent staining and damage to the surface of the stone. 
We recommend Dupont's StoneTech BulletProof  for residential, interior use on granite countertops and on high traffic areas with natural stone tile.  Impregnator Pro or Enhancer Pro are other recommended sealer for interior use on natural stones.   
When cleaning natural stone, it is essential to use a cleaner approved for natural stones.  Household cleaners may contain chemicals that can pit, etch or scratch the surface of your stone.  For routine cleaning of your natural stone we recommend StoneTech's RevitalizerRevitalizer is a cleaner with a built in sealer for added protection. For soiled stone or grease stains we recommend StoneTech's KlenzAll. KlenzAll powers through stubborn grease & soils and is safe for use on all natural stones.   If you use recommended stone cleaners for routine cleaning, you will rarely have to seal your natural stone.

Hardwood
Hardwood flooring does requires some TLC.  To help keep the surface of your wood floor looking it's best, prevention is key. Walk off mats should be placed in areas leading into your hardwood flooring to reduce dirt or other particles that may get tracked onto your wood floor. 
Avoid water on your hardwood floor when at all possible.  Remember...wood and water do not mix.  If wood flooring is exposed to excessive or repetative water, the wood will warp and cause damage to the floor.  Do not clean your hardwood flooring with water. A conditioning cleaner with no soaps or oils should be used on your hardwood flooring.  Soaps and oils can cause damage to some finishes on the wood.  We recommend Bona Kemi Hardwood Floor Cleaner.  It will not dull your hardwood and will not leave a wax build up. 
Another necessity to have in your home when you have hardwood flooring is a humidifier.  Wood reacts to humidity levels in the air.  In the winter, when humidity levels are low, wood flooring will dry and shrink causing expansion cracks between the wood planks or separation of the wood grain.  A humidifier on your furnace is essential in the winter.  It will add the humidity into the air that your floor needs to keep looking it's best. 

Vinyl, LVT and LVP
New residential vinyl floors require no waxing.  Routine maintenance, including dust mopping and cleaning with manufacturer recommended cleaners will keep your vinyl floor in top condition.  Area rugs in front of doorways will keep dirt and small particles from being tracked onto your floor which could potentially damage the surface.  If you have a black top driveway it is essential to have walk off mats placed on your vinyl.  It is recommended if you do have black top outside your house that shoes be removed at the door before walking across vinyl flooring.The oils from the blacktop will stick to your shoes and when it is tracked on to the vinyl floor, may in some cases, cause 'yellowing' of the vinyl's finish.

Laminate Care
A laminate floor should be dust mopped to remove dust and dirt.  Quality cleaners, like QuickClean, are recommend to use when cleaning your laminate floor.  If QuickClean is not availabe, an dilute solution of clear, non-sudsy ammonia & water (30parts ammonia:70parts water) in a spray bottle can be used.  Do not use cleaners containing phosphates, or soaps.  They may damage the  finish of the laminate and when the water drys, the soap film will remain on the floor causing a cloudy "haze-like" appearence.  Apply the amount of cleaner to your floor as you would apply to wash a window.  DO NOT pour cleaner onto the laminate surface.  Avoid placing too much cleaner onto the surface while cleaning.  Although your laminate flooring is guaranteed again topical moisture, when you mop your floor you are applying pressure.  Too much moisture on the surface being pressed into your laminate floor will result in swollen or peaking seams over time. This can result in damage to your laminate floor.
When cleaning a laminate floor, we recommend using a terry cloth mop, such as the Sh-Mop, which can be purchased at our store.  It has a larger surface area and a removable cover that can be washed when soilded and reused again and again. 
We do not recommend the use of sponge mops on laminate!  A sponge mop leaves moisture on the floor and results in the appearence of water spots when dry.  We never, ever recommended the use steam cleaners on laminate flooring.  Most manufactures warranty will be void with use of steam cleaners on laminate.  We recommend always avoiding pre package moist towellet cleaners on your laminate floor as well.  Yes, they may be convenient.  However, some of our maufactures have sited use of these products as a major reason for customer complaints and delamination.