The floor is one part of the house that needs proper treatment and finishing. Because the floor is one of the major areas of the house, it should look good and match the theme of the interior design. Making the floor more presentable and pleasant to look at creates the perfect interior – a beautiful house for your beautiful family.
There are many finishes fit for the house flooring. There’s hardwood for a more classic look, stone for a medieval theme, linoleum or vinyl for a low-cost budget, tiles for a smooth veneer, carpet for a softer texture, or plain painted cement for lesser expenses. Whichever finish your floor may be treated with, these materials require proper care and treatment, or else they can get damaged and need replacement.
However, there are certain incidences where floor damage cannot be avoided. Water spills on wooden floors is one example. Another is the deterioration of vinyl tiles due to constant walking and stepping. These cannot be helped, because at some point in time, these situations will happen.
When your floor has been damaged, that does not mean that you need to replace the entire finishing material to restore it. For small damages that can be remedied, here are some tips that can be found useful in repairing them.
Hardwood flooring is quite an investment and requires strict maintenance. Usually, hardwood floors are damaged by water or old age. The easiest way to repair wood damage is by sanding the surface. This will remove the layer with damage, and the new layer can be repolished to create the same finish as the entire floor.
Stone floors also need polishing or curing with sealants. Regular sealant treatment can prevent stone floors from cracking or getting scratched. If the stone floor shows any signs of these, call a professional to grind or hone the cracks and scratches on it.
Tiles are the easiest to fix because they are separate pieces that can be installed and removed individually. When a tile on the floor cracks, you can remove it and buy the exact tile design in home depots, and install it with an adhesive.
Linoleum and vinyl tiles are easy to replace as well. They can be stripped off and replaced when signs of deterioration and wearing appear, such as discoloration, fading, curling, or cracking.
Other materials like rugs and carpets should be washed regularly to maintain the aesthetic quality as well as to prevent any health hazardous effects of dirty flooring. Rugs and carpets are fabrics, which means that dust can stick into the fiber strands. When these dust particles accumulate, they can become allergens and induce sneezing and nasal congestion to the inhabitants. Vacuuming the materials can also help keep them clean. If the materials are torn or get holes or other damages, they can be mended with a similar fabric and covered up with furniture or something decorative like a vase.
If the damage on the flooring material is relatively large, it is best to refer it to professionals. Working on something without the proper skills and knowledge could lead to worsening the problem. Do not be impatient on repairing the flooring because it could cause a bigger damage in the end.
It is important for every homeowner to keep his household clean, neat, and presentable. At the very first sign of wear and tear, he already acts to remedy it. However, if unexpected situations occur and damage is inexorable, it is best to handle the situation calmly and intelligently. Remember, a small dent could turn into a monstrous disaster. Work on the tiniest scratch to prevent any further destruction.