If you’ve recently installed hardwood flooring in your home, you’ll more than likely be concerned about keeping them in the best possible shape, especially when considering the cost. So here are some tips for keeping hardwood floors looking like new.
#1 Sweep Regularly – This one might be a bit obvious; however, it is the most important as small stones, dirt, and sand can easily scratch the surface. Use a soft broom, as this will collect all dust and hair while at the same time giving the finish a light buff.
#2 Use Dry Cloths on Spills – Real wood flooring and liquids don’t generally get along, and if left unattended, can lead to warped wood. It’s recommended that a dry cloth or paper towel is used to clean up spills, as a damp cloth can leave moisture and potentially damage the wood.
#3 Place Mats at Entrances – Using a mat or throw rug at the main entrances to your home can help to stop abrasive materials from reaching your spot-free, scratchless floor by catching debris from shoes.
#4 Give Furniture Legs a Felt Pad – Stop tables, chairs, couches, and other furniture from scratching your wood floors by adding a soft felt pad that will allow furnishings to slide and not scratch should you move or bump into something.
#5 Prevent Direct Sunlight – Regularly check your new floor throughout the day for areas where sunlight may cause discoloring. Window blinds are a good option as they can help prevent sun damage to your floor while also allowing sunlight into the room.
Some additional advice for homeowners with hardwood floors: (i) keep an eye-out for moisture tracked in on rainy days; (ii) make a no shoes in the house rule; (iii) consult with your floor’s manufacturer for maintenance guidelines; (iv) never use floor cleaners that are intended for tile, laminate, or linoleum; and (v) know your finish, i.e. polyurethane or wax.
Call (734) 243-3502 today for hardwood floor maintenance and cleaning tips from the pros at Finishers Unlimited.
– Monroe, Michigan