Installing a hardwood floor is an elegant and classy choice. Hardwood flooring can enhance your home or a specific room in a way that most other flooring cannot. However, having a hardwood floor means doing proper maintenance and care for it. Otherwise, over time it will start showing its age. Here are some tips to retain the look only a hardwood floor can give.
Helpful Maintenance Tips
Keep your floor clean as possible at all times.
The quickest way to ruin that investment is to let dust and bacteria set on it for a while and start to eat away at the wood and covering. This is because dirt can scratch the polished exterior of the floor as a result of foot traffic. The best way to clean up dust and dirt is by using a fine broom. We don’t recommend using a wheeled vacuum cleaner due to the fact that they can possibly scratch the wood. 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 damage on the floor.
We recommend investing in some synthetic mats to place 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. Because of the vast options available today for mats, it shouldn’t be hard to find the perfect fit for your floors and your home. Last but not least make sure the mats do not have adhesive or abrasive coated bottom.
Never use water on your hardwood floors
Hardwood floors should never be cleaned with water. Using water is a sure way to destroy the wood in the long run, no matter what type of wood it is. 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. These days more and more people are opting for polyurethane finish as opposed to waxed finish. Each variety of finish is unique and has it’s own preferred cleaning method that we cater to its own unique qualities.
Avoid stains if possible.
Stains are the biggest enemy of hardwood floors. And at some point the floors will get stained, no matter how hard you try to prevent it. Somebody will eventually drop something on the floor that will cause stains. Having to deal with stains is one of the drawbacks of having a hardwood floor. Using rubbing alcohol and fine steel wool is one of the best way to attack stains when they happen. When this is done it will leave a mark on the wood. The last step is to do a polish job to make the wood look normal again.
Maintain polyurethane finish.
If your floor has a polyurethane protective finish on it; that also needs to be maintained. You should have the floors screened and re-coated with polyurethane every 3 – 5 years, depending on the amount of traffic and wear you have on the floors. If this process is neglected, the floors could become damaged, then your floors would most likely need to be refinished.
Use of area rugs.
Many people cover the portions where most of the foot traffic happens with carpeting. However, this is a matter of personal taste. Some see this as defeating the purpose of having hardwood floors in the first place. Use carpets to cover those beautiful floors and protect their luminosity for years to come!