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Tile is a very easy material to clean and maintain. Here are some Do's & Don'ts when it comes to ensuring the beauty of your tiles.

Do's

  1. Wipe and clean spills immediately.
    Spills include but are not limited to coffee, tea, curry, juice, ink.
  2. Choose a tile cleaner that is suitable for ceramic/porcelain tile.
    Read the "CAUTION" notes, if any.
  3. Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
    Use only the recommended dilution of detergent. More does not mean effectiveness; higher concentrations of detergent in the cleaning solution will only make it more difficult to rinse.

Dont's

  1. Do not use cleaning detergents that contain acid or bleaching compound.
    Examples of acid and bleaching compounds are Hydrochloric Acid (HCl), Sodium Hypochlorite and baking soda.
  2. Do not clean floor tile with abrasive materials.
    Abrasive materials include but are not limited to steel wool pad and metal scouring pad.
  3. Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
    When left unattended, the acidic juices from the food/ fruits may seep and tarnish the tile surface. For example, food/fruits left behind from “Door Opening Ceremony”.

To ensure your natural stone will provide you with a lifetime of aesthetics and utility, it is necessary to have a proper maintenance program in place.

Do's

  1. Sealing Stone.
    Sealing is recommended for newly installed natural stone to provide maximum below surface stain protection. However, do note that this is not a 100% protection. Routine care is still important in maintaining the beauty of the stone.
  2. Place mats or area rugs to trap gravel, dirt and dust.
    As dirt and dust will scratch the surface of the stone, placing mats at entrances will help to prevent these particles from getting around the house. Stone floors should also be vacuumed frequently to remove these abrasive agents from the surface.

Dont's

  1. Do not use cleaners that contain bleach or acid.
    Stone cleaners should never contain acid or bleach. Acids, even a light solution of vinegar and water, will etch and eventually damage natural stone. Natural stone should only be cleaned with pH-neutral cleaners/ specifically designed stone cleansers.

To ensure the longevity of your wood flooring, follow the recommended guidelines below.

Do's

  1. Place door mats at entrances.
    To prevent excess dirt and grit from coming in contact with your floors, use door mats or rugs at all entrances. Throw rugs are also recommended at high traffic areas of the home or potential spill zones in kitchen.
  2. Move area rugs and furniture occasionally or add shade to large exposed windows.
    Natural wood species can be photosensitive to direct or indirect U.V. light. Over time, your floor may show signs of a slight change in appearance. By moving area rugs and furniture occasionally or adding shade to large exposed windows can help to minimise the effect.
  3. Use felt floor protectors with your furniture.
    By using felt floor protectors, surface scratching caused by moving furniture can be reduced. Clean or replace your protectors often as dirt and grit can be embedded in them.

Dont's

  1. Do not use a steam mop, excessively wet mop or pour liquid directly on your wood flooring.
    As wood is a porous material, moisture can easily be absorbed into the material. Wood flooring may show stains from small spills and may buckle/ warp if large amounts of water are absorbed as planks swell.
  2. Do not use vinegar and water dilution for cleaning.
    They will, with repeated use, erode the protective finish and dull the lustre of your floor. Use a specially formulated hardwood floor care cleaner instead to maintain the beauty and look of your floors.
  3. Do not use steel wools or scouring pads.
    Never use steel wool or scouring pads on your hardwood floor as it can etch deep scratches into the finish.

By following the recommendations in this guide, you can help your vinyl floor last you for a long time.
For regular cleaning, remove all dirt and loose debris from the flooring with a brush and vacuum cleaner. Then, clean with water and a pH neutral cleaning agent at least twice or until the water stays clean. Do not flood or leave puddles on the floor. Rinse thoroughly and soak up diluted water.

Do's

  1. Place mats or area rugs to trap gravel and dirt.
    Place doormats at entrances to prevent getting dirt and gravel around the house. As these particles are abrasive, they can cause scratches on your vinyl floor.
  2. Lift up furniture/ heavy objects.
    Lifting up furniture and heavy objects can prevent scratches on vinyl flooring that are caused by sliding.

Dont's

  1. Do not use bleach or chlorinated compounds for cleaning.
    Using products that contains bleach or chlorinated compounds can cause discoloration of your vinyl floor.
  2. Do not use rubber backed doormats.
    Do not use rubber-backed mats as long lasting contact with rubber can cause permanent discoloration. Never place doormats on a wet floor.