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Post-Installation Checklist

Air out your home
The installation of new flooring can create a lot of dust and debris. Once the job is done, clean the area and open your windows to air out the space if weather allows.

Carefully put your furniture back
Be cautious when putting your furniture back in the room where your new flooring is installed. Hardwood floors may need time to cure and dry. Check with your installation team to get an idea of how long you should wait before walking on the floors or returning furnishings to their permanent locations. Consider putting sliders underneath the legs of your furniture to prevent dents and scratches.

Cleaning
Carpets should be vacuumed frequently and shampooed regularly to keep them in good condition. For tile, hardwood, laminate, and vinyl floors, you should sweep and mop weekly. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations when choosing products to clean your floor.

Protect your new floors
Clean up spills as quickly as you can. For tile floors, use a grout sealant to protect the surfaces, and apply the sealer evenly to avoid irregularities in the appearance. For vinyl, hardwood, and laminate flooring, use care when moving heavy furniture, and avoid dragging. Area rugs are a great way to protect your hard surface floors from impact and sunlight, and they add beauty to any room.

Understand your flooring warranty
Flooring manufacturers sometimes have specific requirements for floor care, repair, and the environment where you install your flooring. Humidity levels and exposure to the elements can have an affect on your ability to make a warranty claim. Be sure you understand the specifics of your manufacturer warranty to help ensure you get the most out of your flooring investment.