Flooring Maintenance Tips For Your Rental Properties

The flooring in your rental property lends a big hand to the aesthetics of the home. The way it is preserved has a huge impact on the value of the home and whether it rents out quickly and easily when tenants vacate. An investment in the flooring in your rental property is a wise decision, as it can last for many, many years if maintained properly. Below, we have gathered several important dos and don’ts when it comes to maintaining your flooring.

1. Wood Floors

Wooden flooring is a popular choice these days, as it looks great and is durable. Having said that, wood floors need a little extra TLC in order to keep them looking their best for as long as possible. For example, if spills of any kind occur, they need to be cleaned up quickly to prevent damaging the wood. 

Another consideration with wood flooring is the fact that it scratches rather easily. Use a soft-bristled broom when sweeping and try not to push furniture around without some sort of soft buffer on its legs to avoid scratching the surface. 

Lastly, avoid using harsh cleaners or wax-based products on your wood floors, as this damage the protective surface of the wood. A damp sponge mop should be sufficient when cleaning but avoid leaving standing water on the floor.

2. Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic tile flooring is typically much easier to maintain than other types of flooring. However, because this is true, many people fail to do it properly, which can result in dingy, stained floors that need replacing sooner rather than later. 

To properly maintain ceramic flooring, it’s best to mop every day to remove surface dirt. If allowed to sit for extended periods, this surface dirt can become ground into the surface of the tiles, resulting in stains that won’t come up no matter how much you scrub. Alternately, be sure to clean up spills immediately, as they too, can become absorbed by the ceramic and become stains forevermore. 

A final note about ceramic tile flooring: if it does become heavily soiled, you can machine-scrub them to return them to their original glory.

3. Carpeted Floors

Carpeting is the most common type of flooring found in most rental properties, and it’s also one of the hardest types of flooring to maintain. This is because spills and dirt collect in the fibers, causing stains that are especially difficult to get out. 

The best thing to do if spills do occur is to blot the liquid with a dry cotton cloth or paper towel. Avoid rubbing the stain so as not to rub it into the fibers. Once as much of the liquid as possible is removed, use club soda to dilute what’s left and continue blotting with the paper towel until the stain is gone. 

Carpeting is best maintained with regular vacuuming and periodic shampooing for best results. 

If you own property you hope to rent quickly and easily, it’s important you install and maintain attractive flooring as it will have a huge impact on the beauty and livability of the home. Well-preserved flooring in your rental property not only looks great, it also helps increase the home’s value overall. Use the three tips on how to maintain your flooring above to get the most from your rental property.