Hardwood floors are good looking and can hold up to a lot of wear and tear. Even so, it is important to properly care for this type of flooring if you expect it to stand the test of time. Following are some simple yet effective ways to clean and maintain hardwood floors.
Vacuum or sweep the floors every day. If you spill water or some other liquid on the floor, clean it up immediately using a dry or damp cloth.
Periodic Cleaning and Care
Mop the floor with a microfiber mop every week or so. Avoid using ammonia or other powerful disinfectants that can damage hardwood flooring. Instead, use a pH neutral cleaner or a cleaner that has been specifically made for hardwood flooring.
Avoid waxing hardwood floors, as the wax creates a build-up of dust and dirt. Instead, polish the floors every couple of months using a hardwood floor polish. It is not as difficult as it may sound and leaves the floor looking shiny and even.
One advantage of picking hardwood flooring is that the wood can be periodically sanded down and refinished. If your floors are looking chipped, dented or the color is wearing off in areas that get a lot of foot traffic, hire a professional to sand down the floors and apply a new coat of finish.
Add felt pads to the bottom of chair, couch and table legs. Doing so will prevent scratches when furnishings are inevitably moved around. It is also a good idea to lift heavy objects rather than dragging them across the floor.
If you have a pet, keep its nails clipped so that it does not scratch the floor. Homeowners with children will want to teach kids to keep toys with sharp ends off of wooden floors as well.
Direct sunlight can discolor portions of your hardwood floor, so keep curtains and blinds shut during the hottest part of the day. Alternatively, you can put an area rug over the portion of the floor that is hardest hit by sunlight. Rugs can also protect areas of the floor that get a lot of foot traffic from wearing out faster than other areas of the wood floor.
Radical temperature changes can have a negative effect on hardwoods, so keep this in mind when setting the thermostat. The ideal temperature range for this flooring is between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity range between 30 and 50 percent.
Genuine hardwood flooring is a great investment. It is extremely durable, looks good in just about any room of the house, and is available in many colors and styles. However, it is important to properly care for this type of flooring so that it remains in good condition. Regular, gentle cleanings coupled with taking simple measures to prevent damage will keep your floor looking its best at all times.
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