Whether you install hardwood flooring or carpeting in your property is generally down to personal preference. However, the way these surfaces need to be maintained differs, which may affect your choice. Let’s look at the main differences between the maintenance requirements for each type and see which one might be the most convenient option for your home or business premises. We’ll start by looking at cleaning hardwood floors and carpets, then move on to long-term maintenance tasks.
Carpet Cleaning vs. Hardwood Floor Cleaning
Which type of flooring takes the most work to keep it looking clean on a daily or weekly basis?
When it comes to daily or weekly housework, carpets are generally considered easier to keep clean. This is because the pile hides small particles of dirt and, consequently, a weekly or twice-weekly vacuuming is sufficient to keep the carpets in most homes looking clean. For busy business premises, more frequent vacuuming is recommended but carpets will still hide small particles of dust and dirt more readily than a hardwood floor. Any liquid spillages must be cleaned immediately to avoid permanent stains: this is vital for any type of carpeting.
Cleaning hardwood floors is a daily task as far as most people are concerned, and this is definitely the case for business owners. In fact, for busy restaurants, cafés and stores, it may be necessary to sweep and mop hardwood flooring several times a day. Liquid spillages on hardwood floors, in common with those on carpets, should be cleaned as soon as they occur. However, it’s generally considered easier to clean a spillage from a hardwood surface as it can be done in seconds with a damp cloth or mop.
Long-Term Maintenance of Hardwood Floors vs. Carpets
When it comes to long-term maintenance of the flooring in both residential and commercial properties, carpets normally require more frequent attention. Hardwood floors may require refinishing after a few years but they won’t need to be deep cleaned like your carpets.
Long-Term Carpet Maintenance
Industry experts recommend that carpets are deep cleaned at least once every 18 months but for many people, an annual deep clean is preferable. For high traffic areas in commercial properties, more frequent deep cleans may be required. And if your carpets are beginning to look a little shabby or giving off an unpleasant odor, it’s definitely time to book a visit from a team of professional carpet cleaners.
If you’ve never used a carpet cleaning service before, you can enter ‘carpet cleaning near me’ into your favorite search engine and do some research on the companies that turn up in the results. If you’re in Denver or the surrounding area, you’re more than welcome to contact us if you’d like to request a quotation.
Long-Term Hardwood Floor Maintenance
Hardwood floors, if cleaned regularly, shouldn’t need much in the way of special care or attention. However, once every 7-10 years, it’s advisable to have your floors refinished if you want to keep them looking good. Refinishing can be performed by flooring professionals, by stripping the existing finish with solvents or sanding it, before applying a new coat. Solid hardwood floors can be refinished many times, whereas engineered wood floors can normally be refinished 5 or 6 times throughout their lifetime, depending on their thickness.
Maintenance and Cleaning Tips for Hardwood Floors and Carpets
Whichever type of flooring you choose, you can extend its useful lifespan by following some simple cleaning and maintenance procedures that have been tried and tested over the years.
- Always Clean Spillages Immediately – To avoid permanent staining, you should deal with all types of spillages as soon as they occur. This is especially important when dealing with substances such as red wine and spicy food dishes like Chili. For liquids, use a clean, absorbent cloth or sponge to mop up any excess moisture, before applying an approved cleaning solution and rinsing.
- Don’t Neglect Long-Term Maintenance – The money you spend on deep carpet cleaning and hardwood floor refinishing is an investment that will repay you with longer-lasting, better-looking flooring. It can be tempting to skip a year or two if you think your carpets look okay and you haven't had a great year financially but this can shorten the life of your carpet and be detrimental to the health of your family too. Carpets absorb all sorts of impurities from the air on a daily basis, including many allergens and irritants. A deep clean will remove these impurities from the pile and prevent them from being released back into the air around your home.
- Don’t Use a Wet Mop on Hardwood Floors – You should only use a damp mop when cleaning hardwood floors as too much moisture can damage the finish and the wood itself. For the same reason, water spillages on hardwood floors should be dealt with as soon as you spot them.
- Only Hire Experienced Professionals – If you search for ‘carpet cleaning near me’ or ‘hardwood floor cleaning near me’, you’ll find many local companies that offer the services you’re looking for. But be sure to check reviews and do your due diligence before choosing one to visit your home or business.
If you’d like more information about hardwood floor and carpet maintenance, or you’d like our team to come and clean your flooring in Denver, please don’t hesitate to call us on (303)530-4900 or to contact our team online at any time.