Spring cleaning tips for your hardwood flooring

Spring cleaning tips for your hardwood flooring

Don’t forget your new hardwood floors during spring cleaning! Spring is the perfect time to organize your home, rearrange furniture, and make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring has been loved by homeowners for centuries. However, it’s important you set aside time for necessary maintenance so you can enjoy your new floors for years to come.

Arrange doormats

Place doormats inside and outside your home to catch moisture, dirt, sand, and gravel. A doormat on your front porch will trap the initial dirt or moisture on the bottom of your shoes. The interior doormat will trap the rest.

Dirt and other grit can wear away the finish on your hardwood flooring. After we install your new hardwood floors, we recommend picking up some doormats at your local supermarket. The small amount of money you pay for doormats will help protect your real wood flooring for years to come.

Use area rugs

Large area rugs protect hardwood floors along paths of high foot traffic. When you buy new area rugs, make sure they don’t have rubber or vinyl backings. That way, your new area rug won’t trap moisture and cause water damage. We offer a wide variety of rugs for sale so you can find the right styles and colors to complement your interior design.

Skip cleaning products

In a blog post about spring cleaning, you probably weren’t expecting us to recommend against using cleaning products. The truth is that you want to be very careful about how you clean engineered and solid hardwood flooring. Many cleaners available at supermarkets can permanently damage your hardwood floors.

Never use the following cleaning products on hardwood:

-Ammonia-based cleaners
-Acidic cleaners (vinegar)
-Acrylic finishes
-Abrasive cleaning soaps
-Wax-based products

Use a damp mop to deep clean solid or engineered hardwood flooring. If the mop is too wet, you could overly saturate your hardwood flooring and cause permanent water damage.

Move furniture

Over time, UV rays will slightly fade your wood flooring. While it’s natural for your hardwood floors to fade slightly with age, there are ways to keep the discoloration even. We recommend moving furniture once in a while to make sure your floor fades evenly. Otherwise, you’ll be able to make out the faint outline of your couch when you go to move it a few years from now.

Whether you choose hardwood for living room flooring or another area in your home, spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to rearrange furniture. If your hardwood flooring was installed in rooms that receive a lot of natural light, you may even want to consider installing awnings over your windows. Southern-facing windows tend to receive the most light.

Our salespeople will be more than happy to help you find the right hardwood flooring options for your home. Our Zeeland hardwood flooring store has served customers for over 40 years. To schedule your free in-home estimate for hardwood floor installation, call Carpet Bonanza at (616) 396-2765.
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