Hardwood floors are one of the most popular choices when it comes to flooring because of its timelessness and durability. As hardwood floors look great with all wall colors and décor, it enhances the beauty of your home. By maintaining your hardwood floors, it will retain its strength and grandeur for years to come.
Tips to take care of hardwood floors
You need to clean your hardwood floors on a regular basis, especially in areas that have high-traffic such as your living or dining room. By vacuuming or sweeping your floor with a broom or soft-bristled brush you will be able to get rid of the dirt and prevent particle buildup which can leave scratch marks on your beautiful floor. However, avoid using a rotary brush head or beater bar for your vacuum cleaner.
Heavy furniture can leave marks on your hardwood floors as it will apply a lot of pressure. For extra protection, you should invest in and place high-quality protective pads and floor mats below your furniture. You should also place these mats and pads on all entrances and exits as they will collect particles such as dirt, sand, grit, asphalt, and oil, which can damage your hardwood floors. Also, you need to place them in high-traffic areas to reduce wear.
Tips to prevent damaging hardwood floors
Here are a few tips to prevent damage to your hardwood floors.
- If you have pets, you need to trim their claws and clean their paws on a regular basis. They can unknowingly carry abrasive particles which can damage
- During the winter season, if you are using a humidifier, keep the level of humidity between 35% – 55 % to reduce wood shrinkage.
- Any item spilled on the floor should be wiped immediately with a damp cloth.
- If there are any tough substances on your floor such as chewing gum or wax, use ice to harden it and scrape it gently using a credit card or plastic
scraper. Be extremely careful to avoid scratching the floor during this process.
- Don’t walk on your floor with damaged or spiked heels.
- Don’t use paste or liquid wax, oil soaps or any other household products containing silicon or tung/citrus oil to clean your floors.
- Avoid using strong cleaning aids such as steel wool pads and scouring powders and pads containing metal.
- At any cost, avoid steam or wet mop your hardwood floor. Steam and water can dull and damage the floor.
Use these simple tips to take care and maintain your hardwood floors so that they retain their beauty and strength for years to come.