Installing a hardwood floor gives your home a classy and elegant feel. However, maintaining the beauty of your hardwood floor requires proper maintenance and care. If neglected, your hardwood floors will start to suffer from daily wear and tear. Here are a few tips to keep your hardwood floors looking brand new:
Hardwood Floor Maintenance Tips
Keep your hardwood floors as clean as possible.
Letting dust and bacteria sit on the surface of your hardwood floors wears them out quickly. Leaving dust on your floor eats away at the wood finish and scratches the surface of your floors as you walk on them. Because wheeled vacuum cleaners can scratch wood surfaces, we recommend using a fine broom. Sweep the floors at least every other day. When vacuuming, it is important to use a soft vacuum brush. Vacuuming should be done once a week.
Try to prevent any damage to your hardwood floors.
We recommend placing synthetic mats strategically at all the entry points to the interior of the house. This is an excellent way to collect any residual dirt from people’s shoes. Make sure the mats do not have an adhesive or abrasively coated bottom, as these can also damage your floors.
Never clean your hardwood floors with water.
Hardwood floors should NEVER be cleaned with water. Water can destroy any type of wood over time because it seeps into the wood and warps and ruins the natural feel of it. Wood floor cleaning products are available in most supermarkets. When using one of these, spray the floor and then wipe it with a cotton cloth. Make sure your cloth is as soft as possible. Today, most people prefer a polyurethane finish rather than a waxed finish. Each variety of finish is unique and has its own preferred cleaning method that we will cater to.
Avoid stains if possible.
We know stains are inevitable, but taking preventative measures can preserve the lifespan of your hardwood floors. Having to deal with stains is one of the drawbacks of having a hardwood floor. However, we’re here to help! Try using rubbing alcohol and fine steel wool to combat stains when they happen. This will leave a mark on the wood, but after you’re finished you can polish the wood to make it look new again.
Maintain the protective finish.
Polyurethane protective finishes also need to be maintained. You should have the floors screened and re-coated with polyurethane every 3 – 5 years, depending on how much use your hardwood floors see. If you don’t take this precaution, your floors will not last nearly as long.
Use area rugs in high traffic areas.
Many people cover high traffic areas with rugs, but this is a matter of personal taste. Although some may not like to cover their beautiful hardwood floors, this is a great way to protect them for years to come! Consider doing this in areas you know will get lots of shoes stepping on the floors.