Hardwood floors are an excellent investment in your home. Not only are they beautiful, but they are also highly durable and long-lasting. Like anything nice, however, they do require upkeep. Hardwood floors need maintenance and care on a regular basis so that they can continue to serve you beautifully year after year. If you’re unsure how to best take care of your hardwood floors, here is a brief explanation of the basics. For more detailed help with any part of this, your flooring installer should be able to answer your questions.
Get In a Groove
Cleaning your hardwood floors does not have to be extremely hard or labor intensive, but it does have to be done regularly. A good routine is the best way to make sure the care and maintenance that your floors need is getting done as often as it needs to. Your hardwood flooring routine should include daily, weekly, and monthly or semi-monthly activities. Dusting is the only cleaning that really needs to be done daily. Using something like a Swiffer or other microfiber dust mop daily to quickly and easily remove dust from your floors is key to extending their life and beauty. If you are staying on top of dust daily and spills or major dirt as they happen, you should only have to clean with a mop weekly. Depending on the type of flooring and variety of wood, your mopping needs may vary. For instance, many types of hardwoods will be damaged by too much liquid. You need to make sure that you are using the appropriate cleaner for your wood type and finish. Polishing is a task that should be done every few months – consider doing it quarterly. Use an appropriate polish, and make sure that all dirt and debris are off the floor before starting to polish.
But Not Real Grooves
While getting into the groove of a cleaning routine is good, letting things make actual grooves in your hardwood floors is bad. Do not drag chairs or furniture across your floors. If you have pets, keep their nails trimmed and avoid walking in high heels on your hardwood floors. Having a no-shoes policy for the floors is actually the best way to keep them from getting scuffed. If they do eventually get scuffed of gouged, refinishing is an option, but it is one that can only be done a few times.
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