How To Care For Your Hardwood Floor
Hardwood floors can be a lovely addition to any home. To make the most out of your hardwood floor, it’s a good idea to follow some basic rules for care to make sure it keeps your home looking its best. With that in mind, here are some great tips for caring for your flooring.
- Avoid Shoe Damage: While you don’t have to enforce a ‘no shoes’ policy in your home, it is a good idea to avoid walking on your hardwood floor in high heels that can cause dents and other damage.
- Furniture can scratch the wood so it’s best to put felt on the bottoms of chairs and table legs.
- Doormats should be placed outside entrance ways to keep out sand, salt and dirt that can get stuck on the bottom of shoes and damage your floor’s finish.
- Keep Temperatures Reasonable: A temperature of 60 to 80 degrees and a humidity level of 30 to 50 percent will keep your floor in the best condition possible. Keeping the thermostat at these settings will reduce the chances of gapping and buckling.
- However, you don’t have to freak out if temperatures stray from these norms. Heat fluctuations will have to be radical and occur for a prolonged period of time to cause any sort of serious damage.
- Clean Regularly: It’s pretty easy to clean a hardwood floor. Sweep or vacuum twice a week (or more if you’d like) to eliminate dust.
- Follow up by using a microfiber mop once a week with a pH-neutral cleaner or a homemade solution (1 tablespoon distilled vinegar in 1 gallon of water) to clean off stuck on dirt.
- Avoid products that claim to ‘shine’, ‘polish’ or ‘rejuvenate’ as they can contain additives like acrylic wax which create a build up.
- Get the Pro Treatment: While hardwood floors are generally long lasting, some may see more foot traffic than others, causing them to lose their luster. If this is the case, you can hire an expert to apply a new coat of finish.
- If you are noticing worn areas, loss of stain color or gouges in the surface, it may be time to have your floor sanded. It is advisable to have this treatment can be repeated every 7 to 10 years.
- Keep Pet’s Claws Clipped Short: We all love our pets, but their nails can reek havoc on a hardwood floor. Prevent scratches on your floor’s surface by trimming their nails on a regular basis.
- Pets can also bring in debris and other substances that can stain and scratch your floor. Limit the amount of debris they bring in by keeping their paw pads as clean as possible.
Your hardwood floor can be a great investment for your house improving its aesthetic appeal and making it more attractive on the resale market. Keep yours looking as attractive as possible by cleaning regularly, keeping your house cool and trying to prevent damage from occurring. Then you can enjoy a great looking floor for years to come.