Hardwood Flooring Maintenance
Hardwood flooring has been having a bit of a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. It pairs well with both rustic and elegant décor, and it has a charming and timeless appearance that complements every home. Whether you like light, warm wood shades or dark, rich hues, the color of hardwood will inevitably add a touch of character to your home.
However, there are far more advantages to having hardwood in your home than you might think. For one thing, it’s built to last. Hardwood is durable. Unlike carpet, it’s made for longevity and will survive the everyday wear that comes with raising children and pets. Even in high-traffic areas of your home, you can rely on hardwood to remain in good shape.
While we recommend hiring a team of contractors to help you with flooring installation, once hardwood is installed it requires minimal maintenance throughout the years. This is one of the reasons why hardwood is so massively popular, in spaces ranging from urban apartments to spacious farmhouses.
To minimize the amount of damage done to your hardwood floors over the years, and to keep them looking fresh in all seasons, you can take the following preventative measures.
Lay down floor mats. In the snowy and rainy seasons, dirt, grime, and mud can easily get tracked in on the soles of your boots. Water damage can be detrimental to your hardwood flooring.
Dust often.. Every few days is best, but you will quickly learn how much dust collects on your floor. Pet owners might find they need to sweep and mop their floors down more regularly. Use a disposable electrostatic cloth for quick dusting jobs. For weekly or bi-weekly deep cleaning, use a vacuum with a floor brush attachment.
Use a natural wood floor cleaner. Speak to your flooring manufacturer about the best options for your particular wood. Don’t use a vinyl or tile floor cleaner—this will strip your hardwood.
Some everyday wear and tear can be expected, and a small amount of scuffing can make hardwood flooring appear more “worn-in” and less sterile. Following these few simple steps will keep them looking great.