The beauty of a new hardwood floor is undeniable. This creates all the more reason to care for it in order to preserve its quality. Looking after your hardwood floor doesn’t need to be difficult. A few simple steps and some know-how and it’ll stay good as new.
There are a few simple preventative measures that can be maintained throughout the life of your hardwood floor. The main goal of hardwood floor maintenance is to prevent damage and scratches. This can be done by placing felt stickers on the base of furniture legs and picking furniture up to move it, as opposed to dragging it across the floor. A well-placed mat at sinks in the kitchen and bathroom will prevent water damage and mats at the doors of the house will stop scratches from dirt. Furthermore, if you live in an area with humid summers or dry winters, you may notice bulging or spaces between the floorboards. This can be rectified by using a humidifier or dehumidifier if so desired.
There are also some daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that can go a long way in maintaining the wood. Daily dusting or sweeping will stop particles from scratching the surface. Dusting can be done with any microfiber cloth. Alternatively, sweeping with a soft bristle brush will keep your floors beautiful.
Vacuuming can be done on occasion. Use a bare floor setting or the vacuum wand and avoid the beater bars. Vacuuming will also remove all those unsightly dust balls and make your stunning wood floors look even more appealing.
In order to keep that sparkling clean appearance, washing your floors monthly is best. Make sure to use a wood floor cleaning product. Avoid oil, wax, detergent, vinegar, and bleach as these can harm the wood. It is very important to note that water tarnishes the flooring. Only use a damp mop and wipe up any spills as they occur.
There you have it, only a few simple steps and an occasional clean will allow you to easily maintain your hardwood floors.
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