Hybrid floor offers durability and an eye-catching finish - but you’ll still need to look after your floors to get the most out of this popular option.
To maintain the visual appeal of hardwood and enjoy the resilience of laminate, there are certain things you should do and a few things to avoid at all costs (which we’ll cover below).
If you don’t love the idea of spending your weekends cleaning (and we don’t blame you!) then we have good news. Keeping your hybrid flooring in top-notch condition isn’t a regular, sweat-inducing task, but it does require some knowledge and consistent effort.
In this guide, we'll explore effective methods for cleaning and caring for your hybrid flooring. Whether you're a long-time owner or considering this option for your home, these tips will help you enjoy its beauty and durability for years to come.
Before diving into cleaning methods, let's briefly understand what hybrid floor is.
Hybrid floor is a modern, engineered flooring option that combines multiple layers to create a stable and durable surface.
Typically, it consists of a wear layer, a decorative layer, a core layer, and an attached underlayment. This composition makes it resistant to moisture, scratches, and wear and tear.
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Sweep or Vacuum: The first step in maintaining your hybrid flooring is to remove loose dirt and debris. Use a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment. Regular sweeping or vacuuming prevents grit and dirt from scratching the surface.
Microfibre Mop: To remove any remaining dust or residue, use a microfiber mop. It's gentle on the floor and effectively picks up particles that might have been missed during sweeping.
Mild Cleaning Solution: For weekly cleaning, prepare a solution of warm water and a mild pH-balanced cleaner. Avoid using harsh chemicals, ammonia, or abrasive cleaners as they can damage the floor. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning products.
Damp Mop: Dip a microfiber mop or a soft cloth in the cleaning solution and wring it out thoroughly. The mop or cloth should be damp, not wet. Excess moisture can seep into the joints and cause damage. Wipe down the floor in the direction of the planks.
Accidents happen, and when spills occur on your hybrid floor, it's crucial to act quickly to prevent staining or damage:
#1 - Blot the Spill: Use a clean, absorbent cloth to blot up the spilled liquid immediately. Avoid rubbing, as it can spread the stain.
#2 - Clean with Mild Solution: If the spill leaves a stain, use the mild cleaning solution mentioned earlier. Apply it to a soft cloth and gently rub the stain in a circular motion. Rinse the area with clean water and dry it thoroughly.
#3 - Stubborn Stains: For stubborn stains like markers, ink, or lipstick, you may need a specialised vinyl or laminate floor cleaner. Always test the cleaner in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn't harm the finish.
Preventing damage is just as important as cleaning up after it. Here are some preventive measures to keep your hybrid floor looking its best:
✔ Use Felt Pads: Place felt pads under the legs of furniture to prevent scratches and dents when moving them.
✔ Protect with Rugs: Use area rugs or mats in high-traffic areas to reduce wear on the flooring.
✔ Wipe Your Feet: Encourage family members and guests to wipe their feet before entering to reduce the risk of tracking in dirt and debris.
✔ Keep Pet Nails Trimmed: If you have pets, keep their nails trimmed to prevent scratches.
✔ Avoid Excess Water: Limit exposure to moisture by using a doormat at entrances and immediately cleaning up spills.
✔ Regulate Humidity: Maintain a stable indoor humidity level to prevent the floor from warping or expanding.
✔ Professional Maintenance: Periodic professional maintenance can extend the life of your floor. Consider having it professionally cleaned and polished every few years to rejuvenate its appearance and protective finish.
Beyond regular cleaning and maintenance, here are some additional tips to ensure the longevity of your flooring:
Use Furniture Protectors: Attach felt or rubber protectors to the legs of your furniture. These protectors prevent scratches and reduce the pressure on the floor.
Rotate Furniture: Occasionally move your furniture and rugs to prevent uneven wear patterns on your floor.
Avoid Direct Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause fading. Use curtains or blinds to block out excessive sunlight during peak hours.
Trim Door Bottoms: Ensure that the bottoms of your interior doors have sufficient clearance to avoid scraping the flooring when opened or closed.
Stay Informed: Keep the manufacturer's care and maintenance instructions on hand, and consult them if you encounter any specific issues.
Regular Inspections: Periodically inspect your flooring for signs of wear, damage, or loose planks. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
Clean Grout Lines: If your floor has grout lines, clean them regularly to prevent dirt buildup and discolouration.
By following these comprehensive care and maintenance guidelines, you can enjoy the beauty and durability of your hybrid floor for many years to come. Remember, proper care not only keeps your floors looking pristine but also protects your investment, making it a smart choice for any home.
At Allen Brothers, our team of experts bring over 14 years of experience in timber and hybrid floor installation, repairs and maintenance. We’ve proudly served Perth and the surrounding suburbs with a commitment to total customer satisfaction - that’s why we offer a 5-year warranty on all completed projects.
Whether you need help with sanding, polishing or installation, we’re here to help. If you’re ready for a versatile and stylish floor that will meet your needs for years to come, reach out on 0407 983 020 or request a 100% obligation-free quote online now.
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"Allen Brothers is a team of experts with over 14 years of experience in timber and hybrid floor installation, repairs and maintenance and we’ve proudly served Perth and the surrounding suburbs with a commitment to total customer satisfaction - that’s why we offer a 5 year warranty on all completed projects.
Whether you need help with sanding, coating, polishing or installation, we’re here to help. If you’re ready for a versatile and stylish floor that will meet your needs for years to come, reach out on 0407 983 020 or request a 100% obligation-free quote online now."