Everyday living means that sadly, your brand new flooring will not stay clean for long, particularly if you live in a busy household, perhaps with kids or pets traipsing dirt in and out all day long. Since you will have spent some of your hard-earned money on having a new floor put in and making your house look nice, you will want to keep it looking as good as possible for as long as possible. 

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However, there are things that you can do to keep your flooring from looking good, and that is what we are going to look at here:

Sweep it regularly

Sweeping your floor regularly, as dull as it seems, is the most obvious and one of the easiest ways of keeping it free of dust and debris while preventing it from getting too scratched. If tiny bits of debris and dirt, no matter how small they may seem, are left and continually trodden in, they will damage and scratch your floor. This is particularly an issue with real wood floors.

It is important, however, to be mindful of the type of broom or brush that you use. Depending on the type of flooring that you have, some brushes might scratch it. You want one that is stiff enough actually to move the debris, but soft enough not to ruin it - horse hairs and rubber bristled brooms are usually the best bet.

Mop and vacuum

Sweeping is quick and easy, but if you have the time, running a vacuum around can collect any of the bits that you might have missed, particularly those random bits of fluff that seem always to escape the broom!

Take care with which attachment you are using, because, like the brooms, the wrong one can cause even greater damage to your floor. Most modern vacuums now come with a variety of attachments for different types of flooring, so make sure you use the correct one.

You will also want to mop your floor, but be careful - doing it too often can be problematic. It is always best to mop it dry and use warm soapy water, or cleaners that are designed to be used with your floor type. If you have real wood flooring, do not use the steam mops that have become popular in recent years. These can cause the wood to shrink and warp over time, which is the last thing anyone wants!

Don’t wear outdoor shoes indoors

This not only keeps your floor clean and stops everything from the outside being walked in, but it also protects your flooring. The soles are harsher on the floor, and tiny bits of stones can be brought in the grooves and trodden continuously into the floor. Get into the habit of taking your shoes off at the door and wearing slippers or socks in the house. For areas of high traffic, place some rugs to protect the floor from the inevitable wear and tear, and buy protectors for the feet of furniture.

These steps are all very easy to follow and worth bearing in mind when you purchase your new flooring. By using these tips, your flooring will not only remain spotlessly clean but look brand new for much longer. 

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