Installing a hardwood floor gives your home an elegant and classy feel. Hardwood flooring can enhance your home or a specific room in a way that most other flooring cannot. However, hardwood floors requires more maintenance than most other flooring options. If not taken care of properly, hardwood floors will start showing their true age. Below are some tips to retain the look only a hardwood floor can give.
Keep Your Floor As Clean As Possible
The best way to keep your hardwood floor looking new and elegant is to clean it regularly. Floors easily attract dirt and grime, eventually leading to the hardwood to wear out. This grime will slowly eat away at the protective coating and then eventually into the actual wood. Dirt can also scratch the polished exterior of the floor as a result of foot traffic. The best way for you to keep your floor dust and dirt-free is to sweep using a fine broom at least every other day. We don’t recommend using a wheeled vacuum cleaner due to the fact that they can possibly scratch the wood. When vacuuming, it is important to use a soft vacuum brush. Vacuuming should be done once a week.
Try To Prevent Any Damage
Here at Fabulous Floors, we highly recommended investing in some synthetic mats to place 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. There are several different options for mats to collect this dirt and protect your floors, so we’re confident that you’ll be able to find a solution that still matches your home style and decor. Last but not least make sure the mats do not have adhesive or abrasive coated bottom.
Never Use Water To Clean Your Floor
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. If you purchase a floor cleaning product, spray it onto the floor and then wipe it away with a very soft cotton cloth. 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.
Stains are the biggest enemy of hardwood floors. Regardless of all your efforts, stains are almost inevitable at least at some point. Almost always, someone will at least once drop something on the floor that will create a stain. 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. However, when this is done it will leave a mark on the wood. The last step is to do a thorough polishing job to make the wood look normal again.
Maintain Polyurethane Finish
If your floor has a polyurethane protective finish, it 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 you skip this process, your floors will become damaged more easily and then likely will need a refinishing treatment.
Use Area Rugs
Many people cover high-traffic areas 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!