Hardwood floors are a simple and elegant way to enhance any room of your home. The beauty and class that comes with hardwood floors truly make your house a home. However, it is important to remember that caring for and maintaining your hardwood floors comes with the territory. Many people neglect their floors or simply don’t know how to care for them properly. That’s where we come in! Below are a few tips to help you maintain the original beauty of your hardwood floors.
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TIP #1. Keeping your hardwood floors clean is the most simple yet most important tip to remember. When dust and dirt particles are left on your wood floors, the polished surface is eventually destroyed as a result of everyday foot traffic. Use a fine broom, not a vacuum cleaner, to sweep up dust from your hardwood floor often, daily if possible. We suggest sweeping because the wheels of the vacuum cleaner can easily scratch the wood surface.
TIP #2. Our next bit of advice can be summed up in one word: prevention. It is best to keep damage from occurring rather than having to repair it in the future. Place mats in the entryway and hallways of your home to collect dirt carried inside on people’s shoes. There is a wide variety of mats to choose from so you’re sure to find one that suits your style. Make sure the mats don’t have an adhesive or abrasive surface underneath.
TIP #3. No matter the type of wood or finish, hardwood floors should never been cleaned with water. Water will slowly deteriorate and destroy your wood floors over time. There are varieties of wood floor cleaning products available in most grocery stores, and they are easy to use. Start by spraying the floor then wiping it with a soft, cotton cloth. Make sure you are aware of what type of finish is on your hardwood floors; polyurethane or waxed finish, because each type of finish will have a specific way to clean it properly.
TIP #4. Despite every effort to avoid stains, they are inevitable misfortunes when it comes to your hardwood floors. To remove stains, first use rubbing alcohol and fine steel wool. Doing this should remove the stain but will leave a mark on the wood. You will need to polish/refinish the wood in that area to make it look new again.
TIP #5. Polyurethane is an excellent finish for your floors and lasts longer than most other methods, but will still need to be screened and re-coating about every 3-5 years. The amount of time between maintenance will depend on the amount of foot traffic and wear that occurs on your hardwood floors.
TIP #6. A common practice is for people to cover high traffic hardwood floor areas with carpet. Remember, this is a matter of personal taste. Some people opt out of this option because they don’t want to cover their beautiful hardwood floors. However, when covered with carpet your floors will last longer. This is a personal choice for you.
We hope you’ll enjoy applying these guidelines to help keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful longer!