Hardwood floors are the best. They feel just right underneath your feet. They bring a level of beauty to your home that is completely unrivaled and their elegance will instantly boost your home’s value, says Wrents.com. Moreover, once installed, the floors can last as long as 20 years.
But this is only if you look after your hardwood floors.
That’s because as lovely as hardwood floors are, they also come with several challenges. They don’t handle water very well and are prone to scratch easily. Hardwood floors cost a lot of money and if you don’t give them the care they require, the investment could easily be lost.
This post offers helpful tips for caring for your hardwood flooring.
How to care for hardwood floors
1. Clean spills as soon as they happen
Do not leave spills on your hardwood flooring. If moisture is left standing on the surface, the wood will absorb it and swell. When the ambient temperature eventually becomes hotter, the floor will lose moisture and shrink.
This process could cause the hardwood flooring to warp. In addition to wiping spills immediately, you should avoid using wet or steam mops on the floor. Also, do not let people walk on the floors with damp shoes.
2. Prevent scuffs with furniture pads
Hardwood floors are highly vulnerable to scratches. Scratches inflicted on the flooring by heavy objects like furniture can be very hard to get rid of. It is inevitable that furniture will move when people sit on them. But you can keep the legs of your furniture from damaging your floors by placing protective pads between the legs of the furniture and the flooring. Note, however, that furniture pads will also scratch your wood floors if you let them get dirty.
3. Place rugs or mats on the floors
Mats and rugs prevent debris from being transported into the home from outside. To get the most out of rugs or mats, you should place them at strategic locations in the home. Positioned around the inside and outside of exterior doors, they help capture the dirt underneath people’s shoes as they come into the house. Placing mats in high-traffic areas around the kitchen and inside the hallways will achieve similar results.
4. Don’t walk on the floor in high-heeled shoes
Walking across your hardwood flooring in high-heeled shoes isn’t going to destroy the floor. But it could leave deep scratches on the floor surface. Even though the average person does not weigh enough to dent a hardwood floor, when their body weight is concentrated inside the tip of pointy shoe heels, the pressure could be enough to damage the flooring.
5. Keep pet’s nails and claws trimmed
Remember that your pet’s nails or claws are strong enough to be used as tools to scratch deep holes in the ground. Most times, though, the pet is not going to try to dig a hole through your flooring. What could damage the floor is the constant “click-click” of pet nails or claws as they go to and fro inside the house. To prevent this, keep the animals’ claws and nails trimmed. Also, keep paw pads clean.
6. Sweep and dust the floor daily
Clean the flooring by sweeping it with a microfiber mop or dusting it with a microfiber cloth. Microfiber is recommended because it does a better job of picking up dirt than a broom. Microfiber cloth is able to trap pet hair, tiny dust particles, and allergens. Moreover, since they don’t have bristles like brooms, microfiber cloth, and mop will not scratch the flooring. Sweeping and dusting should be done every day.
7. Vacuum at least once a week
In addition to sweeping or dusting your hardwood floor every day, you should vacuum it once every week, at least. Although this cleaning regimen seems a bit tedious, it is will help you get rid of debris that may have been missed by your mop which could damage your flooring. When vacuuming the floors, do it with a floor brush attachment. Also, watch out so that the vacuum’s wheels don’t damage the floor surface.
8. Damp-mop once a month with a hardwood floor cleaner
Moisten the mop head with a hardwood floor cleaner to damp-mop the floors once a month. This will let you get rid of sticky dirt which dry mopping and vacuuming cannot remove. Using a hardwood cleaner on the flooring will not expose it to the same risk that using water would. However, before you use any hardwood cleaner on your floor, verify that it is the kind recommended by the manufacturer of the floor sealant.
9. Refinish the flooring every 3-5 years
Your hardwood flooring is finished with a protective coating that creates its characteristic shiny appearance. This coating needs to be reapplied every 3-5 years to keep the flooring in the best condition. You can usually tell when it is time to refinish the flooring; it will not shine even after you clean it.
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