Understanding how to properly care for and maintain hardwood floors is essential in order to lengthen their lifespan. Just like your much-loved automobile, you may look at your hardwood floors in a different light because they are a home investment. To help readers secure their investment, we encourage proper maintenance and care. By caring for your floors as you would a car, you will find that they will be cherished for their beauty as well as their longevity. Let’s take a look at the different ways you can maintain your floors.
Clean Flooring – This is the most basic task for maintaining and extending the life of your floors. Simply sweep and dust mop the floors daily to prevent dust and dirt from spreading. This will also eliminate allergens from your home and prevent the floors from becoming scratched. For additional maintenance, only clean floors with products recommended by the manufacturer.
Sunlight Exposure – Do not forget that sunlight can fade the color of your hardwood floors. During the peak hours of the day, use window coverings to eliminate the sun directly hitting your hardwood floors.
Floor Coverings – Area rugs are another great way to prolong the life of your floors while adding comfort, texture, and even a pop of color.
Rearrangement – Another helpful tip is periodically rearranging the furniture to allow the flooring to age naturally. By doing so, you will not have one area of your hardwood floors more aged than another area. It will help keep consistency in your floors.
Avoid Dulling Objects – High heeled shoes can scratch and potentially damage hardwood floors. We recommend encouraging shoe removal when guests enter your home. You can do so by placing in a designated storage area of the foyer. Also, if you are a pet owner, keep your dog’s nails trimmed for their health as well as your floor’s.
Floor Protectors – Invest in inexpensive floor protectors to place under furniture to prevent scuffs and scratches. These protectors are also excellent for moving around large pieces of furniture. They not only prevent scratches but make it so easy for one person to move furniture, especially for cleaning.
Accidents and Spills – Clean spills immediately with a dry, white cloth or paper towel to prevent staining and discoloration of the natural color. Again, only use cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer to guarantee effectiveness and safety.
By properly caring for your hardwood floors, you are securing your investment. It is essential to take all of these steps into consideration for long-lasting floors. For more expert tips and tricks, visit us at From The Floors Up.