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Protect Your Floors From Scratches and Spills

by Krystal Faticoni 02/25/2019

In today's real estate market, hardwood floors are a highly desired feature in a house. Potential buyers are often turned off by homes with carpeted floors because it's almost impossible to keep them clean. Time is not on your side when it comes to maintaining nice-looking carpeted floors!

No matter how careful you are, sooner or later someone's going to knock over a glass of grape juice or wine -- and that's only the short list of accidents waiting to happen! While dogs and cats can be a wonderful addition to any family, they are not a friend of floors -- either carpeted or hardwood.

In theory, hardwood floors are easier to clean than carpeting because of the absorbency factor. If your carpeting hasn't been treated with a stain-resistant chemical, it will quickly absorb stains, spills, and pet accidents faster than you can clean them up! Although the latest carpeting materials are much more stain resistant than earlier versions, spills that are not noticed and cleaned up quickly may cause permanent damage.

Spills, water, and pet urine can also wreak havoc on hardwood floors, so a quick response is essential to preventing damage. Here are a few other tips for keeping your floors looking clean and beautiful.

  • Door mats can be helpful in minimizing the amount of dirt and grit that gets tracked into your home. What homeowners and even housekeepers sometimes forget is that door mats need to be shaken out on a regular basis. If they're not, dirt, soil, and other debris will accumulate on the mats, causing them to create more of a problem than a solution! Door mats need to be replaced periodically, too, when they become too worn down or wet to be of any use.
  • Shoe removal: This is a difficult policy to enforce, but it will make house cleaning and floor maintenance easier and more effective. Whether you're talking about carpeting or hardwood floors, shoes are invariably going to track in dirt, grime, water, mud, and other miscellaneous contaminants!
  • The right cleaning methods: Although it's always a good idea to follow manufacturer recommendations when cleaning any type of flooring, hardwood floors often need to be treated with more care than their carpeted counterparts. Since there are a lot of ways to scratch, dent, or gouge hardwood floor surfaces, it's crucial to avoid trying to scrub away spills or stains with any abrasive material. To remove potentially damaging grit, floors should be regularly cleaned with a soft dust mop or broom with soft bristles. Ideally, your vacuum cleaner should also be padded on the bottom to avoid scratching the finish of your wood floors.
While any kind of flooring can be subject to wear and tear over time, the good news is that you can take preventative steps to protect your floors and keep them looking great for many years to come!

About the Author

Author
Krystal Faticoni

Full Time Realtor® servicing Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Gaston, Iredell and York counties. I have 10+ years experience in sales and customer service. She received many awards since breaking into the business. One of them that I'm most proud of is the Rising Stars of Real Estate I received shortly after entering the business. 

I'm confident with my work ethic, determination, negotiating skills and overall customer service, I can assist anyone with their real estate needs. First time home buyers and those looking to relocate, look no further. I stay side by side with my clients to assure they not only find exactly what they are looking for, negotiate the best deal possible and educate them along the way. I believe that buying and selling a home for most is one of the biggest purchase you will make in your life. I want my clients to understand the process from start to finish. I also enjoy new construction and investors as well. Need to sell your home in order to purchase another one? Having been through that I know exactly how nerve wrecking that can be. Let my past experiences and expertise guide you through the process smoothly. 

I am a wife and a mother of 2. When I'm not selling Real Estate you can find me out on the soccer fields. Both my children play travel soccer and my husband coaches for Pfeiffer University. I was born and raised in central New Jersey. I later moved to the shore where we purchased our first home and started our family. We made the move to NC in 2015. Since being here we've totally fallen in love with all the things this beautiful state has to offer. I also spend my time volunteering for Cabarrus County Special Olympics, where I'm on the committee. I am also a part of the Cabarrus County Parent Advisory Council, PTA, leader of our neighborhood HOA Social Committee and 

I'm a volunteer for the Mecklenburg County schools as well. A Child's Place is a non profit organization in Charlotte that I also volunteer with. I agree with Audry Hepbrun, when she said; "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands - one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."

Licensed in North Carolina & South Carolina