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How to Maximize the Lifespan of Your Floor

Cleaning and maintaining your floors can help them last longer
Read Time: 5 minutes
Sep 19, 2022

New flooring can be quite an investment, so it’s important to know how to maintain your floors so they last as long as possible. Whether you have carpet, wood, or vinyl flooring, we have the information on how to maximize its lifespan.

How Long Do Floors Last?

Floors don’t last forever, but you should expect to get a decent amount of use out of new floors before you consider replacing them. Each type of flooring should last for a different length of time:

  • Carpet: 5 to 10 years
  • Laminate: 10 to 30 years
  • Vinyl: 10 to 20 years
  • Hardwood: 30 to 100 years
  • Tile: 20 to 50 years
A living room with big windows and light-stained hardwood floors

How To Maximize The Lifespan of All Floors

There are some tips that are universally applicable to all types of flooring in order to maximize its lifespan.

Tip #1

Vacuum Your Floors Regularly

Vacuuming can help prevent the buildup of dirt, dust, and other debris in your flooring. Especially if you have pets that shed, it’s important to make sure your floors are cleaned regularly. Vacuuming is a great first step for any kind of flooring.

 A white robot vacuum cleaner cleaning a gray carpet

Tip #2

Keep Moisture Out of the House

Moisture can make wooden floors break down faster, or make carpet floors mildewy. If you live in a particularly moist area, make sure your HVAC system accounts for humidity. Or, buy a dehumidifier to keep the moisture out of the house for good. Try to keep doors and windows closed when it’s raining to avoid large amounts of water, too.

Tip #3

Clean Up Any Spills Immediately

Spills might seem like no big deal at first, but if they’re left without getting taken care of, they can contribute to the premature wear and tear of the floors. Be sure to take care of spills with the necessary tools and products.

Tip #4

Proper Installation

Photo of a person laying laminate flooring planks

One of the most important factors in your floor’s lifespan is its installation. Make sure to choose a contractor that can properly install floors. Proper installation will ensure that the floors will last a long time and not hit any snags. Improper installation can mean gaps in floorboards, loose tiles, or uneven floors, which will cost you in the long run.

Tip #5

Avoid Wearing Shoes In The House

Wearing shoes inside can also wear down your floors more quickly than regularly walking around barefoot. Slippers and other soft shoes are usually no issue, but shoes with tough soles can lead to faster damage and scuff marks. Plus, if you wear the shoes you wear outside indoors, you risk bringing wetness and mud in, too.

Tip #6

Use Rugs

You can protect high-traffic areas of flooring in your house by using area rugs. Rugs come in all shapes and sizes and can even be layered over carpets to create unique looks in addition to adding protection.

How To Maximize The Lifespan of Wood Floors

A birds-eye shot of hardwood floors with shoe-prints In addition to the above tips, here are additional things you can do that are specific to wood floors.

Wood Floors Tip #1

Refinish Regularly

Hardwood floors should be refinished every 7-10 years, depending on the type of wood. Refinishing includes prepping, sanding, sometimes staining, and sealing. You can have a professional complete this for you.

Wood Floors Tip #2

Use a No-Wax Polish

Using a no-wax polish can help keep your floors bright and shiny without messing with the sealant or finish of the floors.

Wood Floors Tip #3

Avoid Too Much Light

If your floors are exposed to too much light, they can fade over time. Of course, the amount of light you let into your home is a personal decision, but keep in mind that your floors might fade if that is important to you.

How To Maximize The Lifespan of Carpet

Here are some more tips you can use to extend the lifespan of your carpets.

Carpet Tip #1

Invest in Carpet Cleanings

In addition to regular vacuuming, you should deep clean your carpet every once in a while, especially if you have pets or children at home. If you find yourself calling for carpet cleanings quite a bit, you can also buy a special carpet cleaner or steamer to use yourself.

Carpet Tip #2

Use Carpet Protectant

Carpet protectant, when applied properly, can help your carpet repel water and other liquids, making it easier to clean up spills. Usually, carpet protectant is reapplied every 18-24 months.

Carpet Tip #3

Rearrange Furniture

One creative way to extend the life of your carpet is to rearrange your furniture to change up the path that you walk through your rooms. Changing this up every few years might make a slight difference in the lifespan of your carpets.

How To Maximize The Lifespan of Tile

Birds-eye view of yellow tile with a blue and white design

Here are a few more tips for extending the lifespan of tile floors.

Tile Floor Tip #1

Reseal Regularly

Tile and grout can be resealed regularly to protect it. This process is generally pretty simple and can decrease the amount of cleaning you have to do in the future.

Tile Floor Tip #2

Invest in Replacement Tiles

When you install tile floors, consider buying a bit more tile than you need so that you have a few left over. Then, in the case that a tile breaks, you can replace it with the extra tile without needing to buy more and risk the correct tiles no longer being in stock.

Tile Floor Tip #3

Use Nonabrasive Cleaners

When cleaning tile floors, it’s best to use nonabrasive cleaners. Some tiles, like clay or ceramic tiles, can easily be scratched or damaged, so it’s best to be gentle whenever possible. Many companies make cleaners specifically designed for tile and grout that can help.

How To Maximize The Lifespan of Laminate & Vinyl

Planks of different-colored flooring in a pile

Lastly, here are a few tips for extending the lifespan of laminate or vinyl floors.

Laminate & Vinyl Floor Tip #1

Keep Extra Planks on Hand

Just like you can buy extra tile when you install your floors, consider buying a few extra planks of vinyl flooring when you start the process. Vinyl floor planks, unlike wooden floor planks, are very easy to install and switch out when one is damaged.

Laminate & Vinyl Floor Tip #2

Use Floor Fillers For Minor Imperfections

You can also keep a floor filler on hand to fix any minor imperfections that your vinyl flooring may endure. The putty can be purchased in multiple different colors to match the finish of the floor.

Laminate & Vinyl Floor Tip #3

Buy Waterproof Vinyl Flooring

Many vinyl flooring options are 100% waterproof, which makes them a great option for high-traffic, high-moisture places like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Making this decision from the start can help your floors last longer.

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