Caring For Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are very durable, and can last over a hundred years. Taking good care of your hardwood flooring is an important step to make sure its beauty and elegance will last a lifetime.
Read along below and learn some of the proper care and cleaning tips that you can practice to ensure that you will be getting the most out of your hardwood flooring.
Here are four basic categories to caring for hardwood flooring:

Regular care for Hardwood Flooring
  • Vacuum regularly so that dirt and other substances won’t accumulate. When vacuuming, make sure that your vacuum bags are empty, and replace them regularly.
  • Mop and sweep your hardwood flooring. This should ideally be done once a week.
  • Using rugs at the entry point will help protect your hardwood flooring. Rugs or floor carpets can hinder dirt and other materials from being deposited on your hardwood flooring making the maintenance much easier.
  • Rugs can also be placed in high traffic areas.
  • If you are placing furniture on your hardwood flooring, make sure to install furniture protector pads so your hardwood flooring won’t get scratched.
  • Cut the nails of your pets to minimize scratches on your hardwood flooring.
  • Stiletto heels, cleats and rubber shoes have the ability to scratch your hardwood flooring surface, so be careful when walking around in them.
Long term Care for Hardwood Flooring
  • For long term care of your hardwood flooring, use a floor cleaner specifically made to clean hardwood flooring. Floor cleaner has the ability to keep your floor looking new and shiny. You should do this at least once a month.
  • When using substances or chemicals to clean your hardwood flooring, you have to remember to stay away from these materials: cleaners which are ammonia-based, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, soap and other highly-acidic materials.
  • Humidity can also affect the quality of your hardwood flooring. You should maintain a 35-55% humidity at all times.
  • Using a humidifier in your home can help because too much humidity can make hardwood flooring shrink.
  • Direct sunlight should also be avoided. Powerful UV rays can damage your hardwood flooring, causing the floor to discolor rapidly.
Spots and Spills on Hardwood Floors

Even if you are extremely careful about taking care of your hardwood flooring, spills can occur, and you should immediately wipe them away with a clean, dry cloth. After doing so, you should apply wood treatment or floor cleaner to the spot where the spill took place.

 
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