HARDWOOD FLOOR MAINTENANCE TIPS
Your Hardwood Floors Require Extra Care
Hardwood floors bring a timeless appeal to your home, and they’re often thought of being easier to clean and maintain than other flooring types. However, to ensure your floors stay looking their best, keeping up with regular maintenance is important. At Fabulous Floors Columbia, we care about your floors as much as you do, which is why we’ve put together a list of tips to help you preserve the quality of your hardwood floors. Follow these simple measures and fall in love with your floors all over again!
The Best Wood Floor Maintenance Tips
Keep Your Floors Clean
The chances of scratches and damage increase when dust and bacteria collect on your floors. To counteract this settling, sweep your floors at least every other day. If using a vacuum on your hardwood floors, be sure to choose a vacuum with hard floor settings and a soft brush. Vacuuming and mopping should be done about once a week to keep the dust and dirt at bay.
Prevent Damage to Your Floors
Placing mats or rugs in your entryways can prevent against dirt collection. Be sure to choose mats or rugs without an adhesive or abrasive bottom.
Don’t Use Water on Your Floors
Never use water to clean your hardwood floors. Water can deteriorate the wood. Most stores carry a special wood floor cleaner that can be sprayed and wiped away with a soft cloth. Know the finish of your floors (for example, polyurethane or wax) so you can choose the right cleaner.
Maintain Polyurethane Finishes
Floors with a polyurethane finish will need special attention. Depending on the amount of foot traffic, these floors should be inspected and re-coated every 3-5 years.
Avoid Stains at All Costs
The biggest enemy of any hardwood floor is a stain. These are hard to prevent, but do all you can to keep tough substances from being spilled on your floors. When stains do happen, rubbing alcohol and steel wool should do the trick. However, this will leave a mark on the wood and damage the stain, so you’ll need to polish your floors in that spot.
Use Area Rugs
Cover high traffic areas with large rugs. Not only will this prevent damage to your hardwood floors, but these rugs can add a great finishing look to any space.
Refinish or Resurface the Old Floor
Eventually, you’ll have to restore your old wood flooring. When that time comes for you, we hope that you consider using one of our hardwood floor refinishing or resurfacing services here in Columbia.
We hope these tips are helpful! For all of your hardwood flooring needs, contact Fabulous Floors!