Like every other aspect of residential and commercial furnishings, there have been developments in types of flooring. Along with traditional hardwoods, cement, ceramic tile and linoleum, there are now all different types of plank and floating floors that are incredibly easy and inexpensive to install. Modern flooring is designed to minimize maintenance requirements and maximize durability and longevity. Whether a floor is over a hundred years old or brand new, it needs some care. Both residential and commercial flooring experiences tremendous wear and tear. In those areas that are exposed to weather extremes, contaminants such as mud, snow melt chemicals, pollen, gravels and more can be tracked inside on the bottom of shoes. Pets, food and drink spills, UV light, moisture and all sorts of pollutants negatively impact the appearance, cleanliness and longevity of the floor. For each type of flooring, there is a unique process for upkeep and restoration. Carpets benefit from regular steam cleaning that removes stains, kills pathogens and works to resist damage. Tile floors often show the worst discoloration in the grout lines. Industrial floors can be returned to like-new condition through stripping and waxing. Hardwood floors are extremely durable yet eventually become married with scratches and gouges. Sanding down to the bare wood and applying multiple coats of a sealant such as varnish or polyurethane brings back the beauty of the wood grain and the pristine shine. Flooring professionals are equipped with the commercial equipment, stronger cleaning agents, stain removers and sealants to optimize rewards. For floors in poor condition, hiring a floor restoration company can be much less expensive than replacing the floor.