Hardwood or stone flooring? It’s a question that most homeowners contemplate when acquiring or renovating their homes. Both have their merits, so it’s hard to choose. Fortunately, there is an alternative that will marry the old world charm of hardwood and the long-lasting qualities of stone flooring – the limestone floor tiles. It will of course, require some degree of maintenance, but if you follow these simple steps, you will enjoy your new flooring for years to come:

Basic Care

The downside to using limestone is that the level care is a bit higher than other types. That’s because they are made of softer and porous materials, and can easily be scratched and damaged. Regular cleaning is therefore important. Here’s how to do it:

  1. It’s best to sweep the floor with a broom first to remove grits and dirt that can scratch the surface. A vacuum cleaner is fine, as long as you don’t use the spinner brush.
  2. After a dry cleaning, mop the floor tiles dipped in soap and water. You can use commercial products, but why spend for one when you can just raid your pantry?
  3. Rinse off the soap residue so that it will not attract dirt.
  4. Limestone tiles can trap dirt easily. Use a steamer every now and then to loosen dirt and stains easily.


Its a good idea to coat the floor tiles with a sealer upon its installation. Do not scrimp on the sealant you will use. Aside from protecting from dirt, grit and acid damage, a good sealant will guard against regular wear and tear. You will have to reapply the sealant every 2-3 years or if you find that water left on the tile is absorbed readily.

Stains and Spills

This is probably the biggest problem with limestone. Spills are a given in a normal household. Liquids that spill are absorbed faster by the porous material, and blotting it can take work. Sometimes, it can stain the floor and leave an unsightly mark. A sealant will help prevent this, but what if you come across a particularly obstinate stain? Act quickly and clean up spills as soon as they happen. If you cannot get to it at once, look for a product dedicated to deal with stains on limestone. Apply it and wait for the stain to disappear. This can take time, so be patient.

Additional Tips and Tricks

You will have to treat your floor like your baby to preserve its beauty. Follow these tips:

  1. Be mindful of the tools that you use to clean. Make sure they are not abrasive.
  2. Use old towels to clean up when possible.
  3. If you do decide to buy commercial products, read the ingredients. Avoid anything with acids.
  4. If possible, make it a no-shoes room so as to prevent dirt and grit from coming into contact with the limestone.
  5. Put rugs in the entryways and encourage people to thoroughly wipe dirt off their shoes.

Don’t be discouraged by the amount of work to be done just to maintain a limestone flooring. Once you see how they transform a room, you will forget about the hard work needed. Plus, if you are conscientious about cleaning, it will become second nature to you.

The kind of floor to install is one of a homeowner’s tough decisions to make. Depending on one’s personality or life-style, one may prefer hardwood floor over carpet floor or vice versa. Aesthetic is truly dependent on a person; and both types of floors really looks good.

One of the aspects to consider is the cost. Hardwood floors are more expensive to install but low in maintenance cost. It is the opposite for carpet floors, which is less expensive to install but would cost more to maintain.

Let us talk about maintenance. And let us compare the difference in maintaining the two types of flooring material.

Maintaining Hardwood Floors

To keep the appearance of your hardwood floors, we got some tips for you:

  • Put felt pads under the feet of your furniture such as chairs, tables, bookshelves, and others. This prevents scratches on the floor.
  • Do place door mats at all external doors. This keeps away dirt stuck on shoes and sandals.
  • Place rubber mats on areas where kids play. This prevents damage of any kind to your floor.
  • Wipe off water or liquid spills quickly, when this happens.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Cleaning hardwood floors is quite easy. You will need only a few household tools to do this:

  • a wet mop
  • a bucket
  • water
  • liquid kitchen detergent
  • a micro-fiber rag or wipe
  • a dry mop or bristle broom
  • a dust pan

Daily cleaning:

  1. Remove movable furniture from the area to be cleaned
  2. Dry mop the area along the grain of the wood, or using your broom, sweep dust and dirt, and catch these in the dust pan.

Weekly cleaning:

  1. Remove movable furniture from the area to be cleaned
  2. Fill the bucket to half
  3. Add a few drops of liquid detergent to the water, and mix
  4. Dip the mop into the bucket with the water solution
  5. Squeeze mop to remove excess water
  6. Mop the floor along the direction of the grain
  7. Go back to step #4, when the mop had dried up to moisten it again. Change the water solution when it becomes very dirty.
  8. Buff the floor with clean cotton rag or better yet, use micro-fiber rags.

When cleaning the floor, start from the furthest point from the door. Clean towards the door so you can easily exit without having to step on the newly cleaned or still moist floor.

Caution: do not use the wet procedure if your floor is lacquered or varnished as liquid may stain the floor.

Maintaining Carpet Floors

Keeping the appearance of your carpet maybe a challenging job. Carpets, like textiles, can stain easily from liquid spills. Some tips to keep your carpet looking good:

  • Remove spills and stains as soon as possible
  • Regularly vacuum your floor
  • Place a good door mat to trap dirt from shoes. Recommended type is the coil-type mat as it traps a good deal of dirt off your shoes.
  • Do not allow shoes or outdoor footwear inside your house. You may place a shoe rack outside the door.
  • Do not use carpet flooring for dining and kitchen areas as these are very susceptible to liquid spills.

Removing Spills

Spills on the carpet must be removed as quickly as possible as this may cause stains and permanently damage your carpets. To remove this, you will need:

  • Clean white absorbent cloth or rag, preferably cotton as this is more absorbent
  • A glass of water

If the spill stains the carpet, follow the process for removing stains.

  1. Blot out the liquid carefully by pressing a dry cloth on the wet spot
  2. Repeat the process using clean absorbent cloth so as not to spread the stain
  3. If the spill is water soluble like coffee or tea, carefully wet the area with clean water to dilute the stain, and then blot it out again using steps #1 and #2.

Removing Stains

Spills on the carpet must be removed as quickly as possible as this may cause stains and permanently damage your carpets. To remove this, you will need:

  • Clean white absorbent cloth or rag, preferably cotton as this is more absorbent
  • Carpet cleaner

To remove the stain:

  1. Blot out the liquid or stain carefully.
  2. Repeat the process using clean absorbent cloth so as not to spread the stain
  3. When you can no longer lift the stain out the carpet, use carpet cleaner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label
  4. Check if the carpet is colorfast. Test the cleaner in an inconspicuous area of the carpet. If it does not stain nor change the color of the carpet, go ahead with the cleaner, otherwise try a different brand.
  5. Use as instructed on the product’s label
  6. Always use clean dry cloth to wipe away the stain. This prevents stain from spreading.

Vacuuming The Carpet

Carpet flooring needs to be done regularly. On an average household with 4 occupants, a weekly vacuum may do. But if you have pets inside your house, you may have to increase the frequency of cleaning to remove your pet’s hair on the carpet.

To do this:

  1. Remove movable furniture from the areas to be cleaned.
  2. Check the floor for small items like kid’s toys, coins, paper clips, etc and remove these.
  3. Check the dust bag and the filter of the vacuum cleaner. If bag is dirty, change with a new bag or clean the existing bag as the dirt lowers the suction power of the cleaner. Do this too for the filter, change or clean if required.
  4. Vacuum the floor starting from the farthest point from the door moving to the direction of the door
  5. Vacuum both in vertical direction, and later in horizontal direction. Because carpets are intertwined, it is best to do this in both directions so that all dirt stuck deep inside the carpet are sucked
  6. Vacuum in slow movements rather than quick multiple passes.

Deep Cleaning The Carpet

Carpets need to be thoroughly washed and cleaned every year or at most every 18 months. This is to wash away stubborn dirt gathered though months of use. This uses the wet-vacuum process where the carpet is shampooed and dried.

It is recommended that you call a professional help for this task as drying your carpet DIY could be a challenge. Make sure to get the help of a reputable cleaning service provider.

And finally, carpet flooring gathers dust easily. If you have an asthmatic person in the house, you need to have a regular cleaning and maintenance of your floor.

In Conclusion

Did you notice the difference between maintaining a hardwood floor and a carpet floor? I don’t have to tell you which is easy and less expensive. You know it!

Nail holes or “Shiners” – visible nail heads – on hardwood floors often spoil the attractive and uniform appearance of most hardwood floors. They are a common problem when working with reclaimed wood, which already has holes from its previous use. Nail holes are an eyesore, and they could also harbor pests, dust, or trip people and cause painful scratches when objects get lodged in them. If you wish to make your floor look good, you should follow the following simple steps that give insight into how to repair them and get rid of pest and dirt.

Available Options in Repairing Nail Holes

Nail Holes in Hardwood FloorYou can repair these holes through a refilling process in which you can use either putty or filler complexes. Most people often refer to both filler materials as ‘wood filler.’

But even though the two are meant to serve the same purpose, they are different, and it is prudent to learn how each one of them is used so as to get the best outcome.

Wood putty is preferable when dealing with finished floors, and it comes in a variation of colors that can suit different floors. Wood putty is appropriate for quick nail hole repair, but it can never be finished because it does not dry completely. On the other hand, wood filler is best suited for bare hardwood because it can dry and harden completely and allow painting or sanding as part of the finishing process.

The Procedure

  • Assess the whole wooden surface, identify, and mark the nail holes to be filled.
  • Clean all the holes to eliminate debris and dirt by using a brittle brush or/and or electric blower.
  • Use a putty knife or any other appropriate tool to scoop and fill the holes with the prepared filler material.
  • After filling all the nail holes, wait for the material to settle for some time.
  • In the case of wood putty, use the putty knife to clean off any excess filler material.
  • If you are using wood filler material, sand down the filled surface in the direction of the wood’s grain using grit sandpaper.
  • Finish off by applying the sealer, stain, and finishes to achieve an even and uniform surface.

Tips for Best Outcomes in Nail Hole Repair

Finally, here are a few tips on how to make your nail hole repairs more interesting so as to achieve remarkable outcomes.Focus the refilling process to the proximity of the nail hole to avoid damaging the finish of the rest of the surface

Avoid using wood putty and wood filler in filling larger crevices, holes, and cracks on wooden floors. Instead, use wood, and if possible seek the assistance of a wooden floor technician to avoid the possibility of causing damage to your floor.

Consider blending different colors of wood putty if you are looking for a more dramatic finish that could give your floor more elegance, but you should be careful not to overdo it because the repairs may stand out from the rest of the wooden surface.

Many people would wish to restore and give a new look to their floor without necessarily sanding the floor. This is important for floors that are not seriously damaged and does not have deep dents or scratches. Also, you may be on a budget and just want to revive your floor. Either way, you can easily refinish your hardwood floor without sanding.

Why You Should Not Refinish With a Sander

TRefinished Wood Floorypically, refinishing your hardwood floor with sanding can be a huge mess. In fact, if you carry out the job alone, you will need to buy a variety of sandpaper, rent a sander, and buy a floor finish. You will also need to cover your vents and everything with sheets so that no dust or dirt enters your HVAC. However, if your hardwood is not that bad but the finish is a bit boring, refinishing without sanding will just be fine. This will not only save you time and money, but you will also avoid causing a permanent damage on your floor.


  • Broom or vacuum
  • Polyurethane
  • Hardwax
  • Warm water
  • Microfiber applicator pad
  • Spray mop
  • Hardwood floor polish

Refinishing Your Hardwood

Clean your floor- to clean your floor, use warm water or PH neutral cleaner. As compared to PH neutral cleaner, you may opt for warm water and get into the process of cleaning your floor. While doing this, ensure that you do not drench or over wet the floor. It’s advisable to use a rag or a damp mob so that you can avoid causing any damage.

Check whether oil or a lacquer based product was used to finish your floor- if you are not a professional, it can be very difficult to distinguish between a lacquered floor and an oiled floor. As compared to lacquer based products, oiled floors tend to wear out faster. Also, if you spill anything on them, they can easily stain. On the contrary, lacquered floors do not wear out faster. This is why you need to use hardwax oil on oil floors and polyurethane of lacquer floors.

  • Vacuum – while doing this, do it slowly and systematical moving around the edges so as to remove all the dust from the surface.
  • Oil or lacquer the floor – lastly, you need to oil or lacquer your floor. While lacquering, use a medium roller so that you can correctly cover the entire area. However, in case you are oiling it, it’s recommended that you use a short roller

Wrap up

That is how to refinish your hardwood if you don’t want to sand it first. Before replacing the furniture or walking on the floor, you need to know the time required for the floor to dry up. Refinishing without sanding is not only easy but is also a cheap way for those who are on a budget. It actually brings back that new appearance to your floor. For the best results, do not forget to follow all the instructions needed.

Very few home improvement projects can effectively transform the beauty, warmth, style and value of your home like new hardwood flooring. There are 2 main types of hardwood flooring – engineered and solid flooring. Engineered floors are thinner compared to solid ones, which make them great for home remodeling.

Prefinished Engineered Hardwood Floor

This is because you can install them on top of an existing floor, without considerably changing your floor heights, as well as transitions between the different rooms. Engineered hardwood floors are your best bet if you plan to install a floor by yourself. The fact that they are prefinished, eliminates the need for sanding and finishing, thereby making the job simpler and faster. In this guide, you’ll learn step by step, how to install engineered hardwood flooring from the beginning to the end.


But first, let’s look at the necessary tools and materials you’ll need for this project:

  • Flooring stapler
  • Hand saw
  • Table saw
  • Hearing protection
  • Knee pads
  • Chalk line
  • Jig saw
  • Air compressor
  • Cordless drill
  • Wood screws
  • Pull bar
  • Nail gun
  • Wood Putty


  • Engineered wood flooring
  • Glue
  • Narrow crown staples
  • Rosin paper
  • Transition pieces
  • Painter’s tape

The Installation Process


For quality and durable results, you need to prepare properly before commencing this project. This involves preparing the installation area and the sub floor. Let’s look at each of them in great detail:

Preparing The Installation Area

Start by measuring the length and width of the room where you’d like to install the floor, and multiply the measurements to obtain the square footage of the room. When making your order for the flooring, be sure to add an additional 10% to allow for cutting as well as fitting.

Once your order arrives, stack them in the room where the installation will take place for at least one or two weeks before commencing the project. This helps to give the wood enough time to get used to the climate in your home. If your home is newly-constructed, ensure that the room is air-conditioned or heated continuously to match the temperature of a normally, occupied space.

Preparing The Sub-Floor

Engineered floors can be installed either on top of a plywood sub-floor, or old wood flooring. The sub floor should be at least � inches thick. And if you intend to install it on top of a single layer of plywood, it is recommended to add either commercial floor substrate material or an additional layer of about ¼ to � inch of plywood.

Use a wooden screw to attach the substrate material to the floor joists. The subfloor should be clean, flat, dry and squeak-free. So, if you locate any squeaky spots, you need to screw the spots immediately.

You also need to check for any rises or deeps using a carpenter’s level and straight, long board. Sand the bumps accordingly and fill the dips with using a leveling material.

Remove any shoe or base molding near the room’s perimeter. And then vacuum the floor to keep foreign materials and dirt from the work area.

Installing A Vapor Barrier

If moisture is a problem where you live, you need to install a vapor barrier below the flooring. This helps to prevent ground moisture from rising into the room, and affecting your new floor. Roll out the barrier to cover the whole ground, making sure it extends up to foundation walls. Then flatten any wrinkles or bumps and tape it in place.

Laying The Installation

You can choose to install your hardwood flooring either across, or perpendicular to the floor joists depending on your personal tastes and preferences. But, since all woods contract and expand, it is very important that you measure and leave at least � inch gap around the room’s perimeter for this purpose. Use a chalk line to mark the starter lines.

To prevent noticeable color changes, select boards randomly from several boxes, and lay them on the floor. Choose long strips for the first row, as it is much easier to align them inside the chalk line. Begin � inches away from the end of the wall, and face nail your flooring every 16 inches.

Continue installation on the other rows once the boards in the first raw are attached firmly. However, ensure that every board is tightly locked against the previous row, as even the smallest gap can cause the entire floor to look off.

Finishing Touches

When the installation is complete, you need to do some finishing touches to ensure the end result is of high quality and aesthetically pleasing. This includes cutting off any excess underlayment, which sticks around the edges, installing shoe moldings and baseboards, and nailing them to the wall. Finally, use a wood putty to touch up any slight installation marks and damages, and fill the holes where the boards were face nailed. Wood putty with a color that matches the finished floor is highly recommended.

Follow these detailed steps to help you install your prefinished hardwood flooring. The whole installation process should take only 1-2 days. When you’re done, enjoy the new look of your home.

Clean and Polished Hardwood FloorAccording to a survey conducted by The National Association of Realtors Water, 54 percent of prospective buyers tend to favor houses that have hardwood floors. Not only do these floors add beauty and appeal to homes, they also add considerably to their overall value. However, though a solid investment, hardwood can be tricky to maintain. Water, dirt and grime constantly tamper with the surfaces and bring about their corrosion. In such a case, home owners can benefit from using floor cleaners and polishes regularly.

Here’s a review of 4 hardwood floor cleaners/polishes that do their job effectively.

Bona High Gloss is the ideal choice

This budget-friendly product comes from a brand that has been in the market for over nine decades now. This concentrated formula has been specifically designed for hardwood and does its job effectively. All you need to do is either mix a few drops with water or squeeze the product right on the floor and clean using a mop. A small quantity will cover a lot of ground. The Bona High Gloss comes in a trigger bottle which makes using it all the more easier.

If you prefer creams to water-based solutions, Parker & Bailey Wood Floor Cream is for you

The Parker & Bailey Wood Floor Cream is slightly expensive. However, it does an excellent job of cleaning tough stains. Since this cream contains vinegar, it can be used to clean any kind of floors. Other than hard wood floors, Parker & Bailey cream can also be used to clean faux as well as laminated floors.

Armstrong Hardwood Floor Cleaner is perfect for cleaning spots

This cleaner is yet another budget-friendly choice. This product is perfect for cleaning hard spots. All you need to do is spray the solution a couple of times and use a mop to clean the floor. You can either apply the solution directly to the floor or mix it with water for best results.

Libman Hardwood Concentrated Floor Cleaner is good for daily use

This cleaner is not only inexpensive, it is also quite effective. A single bottle contains 4 gallons of solution and will last a long time. For best results, mix it with water and use a mop to clean the floor. The bottle includes a measuring cup which can be used to measure the quantity you are using. It is a strong solution that will easily remove the hardest of stains from your floor.
These are not your only options

These days, the market is brimming with different cleaners and polishes that will help you take care of your hardwood. Other than the aforementioned products, here are a few other good options:

  • Pledge FloorCare Wood Concentrated Cleaner
  • Bruce Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner
  • Murphy Original Wood Cleaner Concentrated
  • Thomasville Wood Floor Cleaner


Home owners must be extra careful while choosing a cleaner and polish. Harsh cleaners containing aggressive chemicals will do less good and more harm to your wood floor. The market, these days, is overflowing with cleaners and polishes that claim to be quite effective. However, not every cleaner is as good as it claims to be. Choose from one of the cleaners reviewed above and you won’t be disappointed. If you have pets at home, make sure you clean that up with a good pet vacuum first before you get to work with your hardwood cleaners.

Cleaning Hardwood

Hardwood floors have been used in several homes, giving you a stylish and traditional flooring option. They need cleaning and maintenance in order to retain attractive appearance.

Elements might build up after a while which can make your flooring look dull, so it is important to clean it on a regular basis. You want to make use of effective and safest cleaning products and leave no residue when your floor has dried.

Every Day Cleaning

Sweep hardwood floors on a regular basis with a dust mop or a soft broom. You can as well use a vacuum. The vacuum should have no beater bar attached, since beater bars might indent it if they strike down. Make use of a cleaning mop dampened with water to get rid of sticky patches. You ought to vacuum before cleaning your floor with a moistened mop.

Spot Cleaning

Spot clean pills using a damp cloth mop. This reduces the rate of wet mopping the whole floor. Complete a whole floor mopping only when needed.

Avoid using highly wetted mop since the liquid may seep below your finish and make the boards to swell up. Rinse the mop thoroughly before scrubbing your wood floor.

Avoid Vinegar

Don’t use vinegar on your wood floor! Vinegar is acidic. It will eat away the wax coating, polyurethane, polyester or whatever the floor is coated with. It is okay for ceramic and no-wax linoleum but do not use it on your wood floor.

Use what your manufacturer recommends or choose a nice pH-balanced hardwood floor cleaner like Bona kemi. Other cleaners which usually work well on several wood floors are Murphy’s oil soap, Bruce Hardwood Floor Cleaner and Zep Hardwood Floor Cleaner.

Commercial Cleaner

Use a green cleaning product which is readily available at any supermarket and they are usually labeled green or eco-friendly. Ensure that the product you select to clean your floor is labeled safe for use on the hardwood floors. These products come in spray form which can be misted on the wood floor and then wiped off, or you can select a liquid bottle which you can add a small portion to bucket of water.

Removing Stain

All floors are usually susceptible to stains. A fine steel wool is good in removing majority of these stains and leaves your floor pure clean.

A small amount of alcohol can as well be used to remove these stains. Finish off by buffing and polishing. When the stain remains, sanding down that area might be the only option to remove it.

Do Not Use bleach

You should not use bleach or bleach-based cleaners, or other chemical cleaners. Such kinds of products are always damaging to hardwood floor and they might harm your family as well as environment. Stick with safe cleaning products making use of all-natural cleaning elements. As well, avoid using steam cleaners, as combination of the steam and heat can be very damaging to the hardwood floors.


  • Hardwood floor should be well sealed before you start cleaning. If there are little worn patches, avoid use water as it can penetrate and cause warping.
  • Do not wear stiletto heels. They can leave scratch marks and cracks on the wood.
  • Ensure you keep rugs near entrances to collect dirt. You also need to place mats in front of sinks in case water spatters over the sink.
  • Never use ammonia in mopping hardwood floor.

You can maintain the look and feel of your wood floors without endangering your health or the environment by using natural finishes. You start the refinishing process the same way.

Refinishing Wood Floor

Prepare The Wood

When your floors are scratched or gouged, you need to start by repairing the damage. This way, when you finish your floors, you’ll have a clean, smooth surface.

You can do this by sanding and buffing the wood of your floor. First, clear out the room and clean the floor with diluted vinegar. Then, use sand paper to smooth out the edges of your floor where the buffer won’t reach.

You can rent a buffer to do the main body of your floor, but you can also use sandpaper to sand the entire floor by hand. It’s a big job, so you have to weigh the cost of time and money.

Sanding and buffing strips away the old finish and refines away scratches in your wood. You will need to wear a mask, because this produces a lot of dust and the previous finish may have used toxic chemicals.

If your floor has gouges, you’ll want to repair the damage before you apply finish. Clean out the gouged area and then apply wood filler. You want to be careful not to smear the filler across the surrounding surface. Mound it slightly, though, because filler shrinks as it dries.

Once it’s dry, sand over the filler in order to create the smooth look you want. Then, thoroughly vacuum the wood dust from the entire surface of your floor.

Selecting The Finish

There are many products available on the market to finish your wood floors. When you are concerned about your health or the environment, you will discover that many of these products use chemicals you don’t really want in your home.

Don’t worry. There are many safe, natural finishing products available. You can search for products that use natural oils to provide the finish you want without the risk of hazardous chemicals.

Some products to consider include:

  • Natural Oil Finish by Monocoat
  • Polywhey Natural Floor Finish by Vermont Natural Coatings
  • Tung Oil by Real Milk Paint

You can choose the coloring and the shine you want, using natural options. Avoid products that rely on petroleum or other hazardous chemicals, because those chemicals aren’t necessary.

Finishing Your Floor

Again, you want to start at the edges of the floor and apply your finish around the perimeter. This time, use a brush for the paint.

You can finish the rest of your floor using a paint roller with an extension handle. This will feel similar to mopping the floor and is less physically demanding than painting the perimeter.

You should allow your finishing product to dry for at least three hours. Then, you will need to apply a second coat to the floor. The second coat should also try in three to eight hours. It is recommended that you wait about a week before returning the furniture to the room.

Once you have started using natural products, you can choose to maintain your floors. If you buff every two years, you can avoid the need to sand and repair your floor. This way you can maintain the appearance and look of your floors with less work. Check out Hardwood Champion for hardwood cleaning tips and thisoldhouse.com for more information on how to refinish wood floors.

Hardwood floors have a warm, stylish and a pleasant feel that you will not get from any ceramic tile or cement floors (unless you decide to install hardwood over your cement floor). However, obtaining these floors becomes valueless if you let them get clogged with dust and dirt. That’s why you need to purchase the best vacuum for hardwood floor but more so at a reasonable price.

Maintained hardwood Floor

With the wide variety of price ranges, styles and color options, it may seem like it’s impossible to select the best inexpensive vacuum, but don’t worry. Here are some great tips to help you through.

Start by reading the user manual

Well, you want to shop and get value for your money but at the same time, you don’t want to spend countless hours researching on a particular brand, only to find out it’s not designed for wood floors. Unfortunately, most vacuums are designed to work well on carpets and this makes it imperative for you to start by reading the user manual. Ensure the brands you are researching on are meant to handle hardwood floors.

Need and functionality

To get a good vacuum for your floor, you must first determine your needs. Do you want one to do the stairs or do you want one with a long extension? Doing so ensures that you do not shop with your heart instead of your head the moment you get to the mall. It helps you to remain objective in the face of numerous and attractive vacuum designs that will meet your eyes at the mall.

Get recommendations

One of the best ways to find a good inexpensive vacuum cleaner is to get recommendations from your friends, family and colleagues. Ask them to give you some of the vacuums they have found to work well and use these to generate an initial list of brands you are going to research further on.


Well, now you have a list with several brands that meets your needs and functionality requirements. The next step is to turn your computer on and checkout online consumer reviews. This way, you will connect with some people who have used these brands and the experience they hand with each of them. You will get the pros and cons of each model and you will further narrow down your list.


This is a factor that you will always have to consider no matter what you wish to purchase. Make sure you select a brand that is well within your budget. However, don’t let anyone lie to you that high price means high quality. There is definitely no relationship between the two. Just get something that meets your needs and functionality but at a reasonable price. Some people spend more money on staining their floors than actually maintaining it.

Choosing color and style

Well, you want the best and therefore, choosing a good color and style is part of the decision. Ask yourself:

  • Do you want to have a canister or an upright vacuum?
  • Do you want one with a bag or a bag-less one?
  • Do you have color preference…Yes! This is now an option.
  • Will you be moving it from one location to another, if so, look for one that is light and simple

Online versus local purchase

Finally, if you want to save some bucks, purchasing online is the way to go. However, make sure that you purchase only from reputed sellers. Otherwise, you may easily run into a scam. It’s good if you can get one who offers a money back guarantee or a great warranty.

Laminate Wood Flooring

If you are among the many people who have a laminate floor, you are probably aware of the many benefits of having one. Firstly, the floors are elegant and stylish. Secondly, you also have a variety of choice in terms of styles and colors. Thirdly, the floors are also quite durable, and finally, it is simple to clean the flooring.

However, many people always seem to have issues maintaining the shine. Although the surface is a great choice for low maintenance, streak marks are usually left behind after a cleanup. This will happen whether it is a basic swipe or a thorough cleaning process. In order to make certain your laminate floor remains streak-free, you may need to mull over the following steps:

1. Getting Rid of Loose Dirt

Loose dust, dirt, and debris contribute to streak marks. It is therefore necessary to first sweep the floor before using any water or fluid. Ideally, using a vacuum cleaner without a bar beater bar is always more effective than a mop. Nonetheless, a dry mop with soft bristles also works well. The floor needs to be swept in one direction to avoid reintroducing the dirt particles back on the floor.

2. Stain Removal

You may also notice some stains on the surface. If you have pets and small kids, you may need to pay special attention since pet poop can be tricky to get rid of. Children will also drag in all kinds of stains. Rather than working on a large region, it is more effective to work on a small section at a time. In addition, you may find it safe and effective to use mild stain removers and a high quality scouring sponge.

3. Use Safe Cleaners

With so many cleaners readily available in the market, you may be tasked in finding a good cleaner. However, you should give preference to cleaning agents that will not harm the floor. For instance, you may use a homemade cleaner which is easy to use and safe.1 part vinegar to 3 parts warm water makes a good option. Alternatively, you may Mix 2 to 3 teaspoons of household vinegar with a gallon (4 liters) of water.

4. Cleaning Process

Spraying the solution on the area and scrubbing it with a mop will remove the grime, grease, or dirt without leaving any streak marks. If your floor has been affected by too much dirt and grime, you may increase the vinegar content. Nonetheless, too much of it will create a strong and unpleasant odor.

The floor is then rinsed with warm water. Repeating the process one more time offers effective results as you get a chance to remove any dirt left behind. Finally, you should allow the floor to dry naturally.

We cannot refute the fact that laminate flooring is one of the best types of floors. This is in regard to aesthetic appeal, low cost, and durability. If you desire to maintain the luster for longer and also have a smooth surface, then you may have to reconsider your style of cleaning. Fortunately, with the above steps, you get to experience what streak-free and sparkly flooring is all about.


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