Hard floors are easier to clean than carpets and can be a cost-effective solution for busy families. But using the wrong type of cleaning products or tools could damage your flooring if it’s not sealed. Wondering whether you’ve got a sealed floor? We’ll explain how to identify your flooring type to help you keep it looking fresh for years to come.
What is a sealed floor?
Did you know that hard flooring types aren’t made equal? Muddy boots, humidity and spills can leave even the toughest concrete floors looking worse for wear if they’re not treated.
Wood and concrete flooring are often sealed with oil, water or solvent-based treatments to help repel dirt, water and debris. Today, water-resistant lino and PVC flooring are also common, making them ideal for areas like hallways and kitchens.
But, no matter what type of flooring you have, remember that sealing only lasts so long. For example, water could damage your flooring if it was poorly installed and its protective seal layer may wear faster in high-traffic areas like hallways. Over time, your floors will also eventually need to be resealed.
And, if you have tiled, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or any other floor type that has joins or grout, be aware that they could be vulnerable to water damage from steam, moisture or spills. Always check with the manufacturer if you’re unsure of what cleaning products or methods to use.
How to determine whether your floor is sealed
Whether your floor is made of marble, tile, wood, concrete or laminate, it’s actually very simple to test whether it’s sealed.
Simply pour a few drops of water onto your floor. If it beads, then it means your flooring has a protective layer which is acting as a barrier to keep water out. But, if the water absorbs into your flooring, it’s most likely not sealed or needs another treatment.
Tips for maintaining your hard sealed floor
Here are a few handy tips to help you keep your flooring in tip top shape:
- Avoid using excess water when cleaning and mop up spills quickly
- Trim your pet’s nails to avoid scuffs or scratches
- Use microfibre or steam mops as recommended by your flooring manufacturer, which come in many different styles and designs to suit your flooring type
- Always check with your flooring manufacturer or fitter if you’re not sure
- Regularly sweep or vacuum your floor to remove debris that can damage its protective surface
- Avoid using ammonia or vinegar on your flooring as they can damage wood
- Wear soft slippers indoors and ask guests to take off their shoes