Cleaning Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors have become incredibly popular all over the country. Besides the inviting and cozy feel they give a space, they are durable and last a very long time. They match about any décor you choose to go with, and are always a classy choice, whether it’s an office or a home. To avoid damaging your hardwood floors, consider some of our maintenance tips.
Hardwood Floor Maintenance
- Keep your hardwood floors swept with a soft bristled broom or a dry cloth sweeper.
- Vacuum the floors weekly to remove the tracked in dirt and debris. Make sure the vacuum cleaner you use is made for bare floors so as not to scratch the flooring, or use a soft brush attachment.
- Clean spills right away! Liquid is the one thing that hardwood floors don’t like, so even if it’s sealed well, it’s always a good idea to get spills up as soon as you can. Soft cloths are better than paper towels and for really large messes, you could use a wet vac.
- Every floor needs to be mopped, but for hardwood floors, use a damp cloth or mop. You don’t want water getting in between the wood seams and causing it to rot. Damp mops are a good way to clean without getting the floor soaked.
- Install rugs or runners in areas with high traffic to avoid the floors getting scratched or damaged. Be sure to vacuum them often so sand and dirt don’t get trapped underneath, which can also scratch the floor.
- Adopt the “shoes off” way of life. Many parts of the world do not wear shoes inside the home and if you have hardwood floors, this is a good idea. Heavy shoes and high heels can damage the floor and its finish. Provide cozy slippers for guests who come to visit—they will love it!
- When moving large furniture items, place sliders under the furniture first. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to move and also how it prevents scratching.
- Read the recommended guidelines for cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors when you have them installed. Be sure you understand the manufacturer’s instructions.
- If you have heavy furniture, place pads under the feet to prevent bruising or denting the wood.
- When it comes to buffing or waxing your floors, this is best left to a professional. If you do decide to do it yourself, take the time to make sure you understand exactly what the procedure is to get a good result.
Following these tips will ensure that you have many years of enjoyment from your hardwood floors!