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Whether you have carpet, wood, tile or some other kind of flooring, you’ll want to make it last as long as possible and look beautiful while functioning as the foundation of your living space.
Here are nine things to avoid doing to your floors.
Using just anything to clean. Whether you have wood, tile or carpet, it’s crucial to use the proper cleaning solution. Find out what is recommended by your store or manufacturer for the type of floor and finish you have. And when you mop your wood floor (using the right product), be careful to use a minimal amount of water, The Huffington Post says.
"Make sure whatever your day to day or short-term maintenance is, you're doing it in accordance with the product you have," the website states.
Bringing the outside in. Be sure to lay out the welcome mat at every entrance to your house. You can even consider leaving your shoes (and visitors’) at the door. Hardwood will be particularly damaged by tracked-in dirt because it’s like sandpaper rubbing against your floors, The Huffington Post says.
Forgetting to vacuum. If you have carpet, be sure to vacuum twice a week to prevent dirt from settling into it, especially when it is new, according to smartercarpets.com. Use a little muscle occasionally, too.
"It’s also a good idea to move your furniture when vacuuming to prevent dust building up and setting into the carpet," the website states.
Getting into a rut. Moving furniture around periodically won’t just keep your inner redecorator happy, but it will also ensure that permanent imprints won’t mark your carpet, as smartercarpets.com says. If you’re not interested in completely reordering the room, just move your couch, chairs, beds or tables a few inches.