Floor care, hardwood, tips, tricks
Hardwood flooring is surprisingly low maintenance and easy to keep clean, even in a busy household. By following a few simple floor care guidelines, you can keep your solid wood flooring looking brand new for many years to come.
Keeping your hardwood flooring looking its best is quite simple, but there are a few specific care needs you will want to keep in mind. By following these simple tips, you will be able to keep your floors clean and avoid potential damage.
Vacuum Or Sweep Regularly.
Dust and debris on your flooring doesn’t simply look bad. Walking across flooring with debris on it can create abrasions on the surface of your flooring, causing visible damage over time. You should vacuum or sweep your hardwood floor as often as needed to eliminate any dust and debris. In high-traffic areas or homes with pets and children, you may want to do this on a daily basis. If you use a vacuum, be sure to use the bare floor setting.
Use The Right Cleaning Products.
Certain cleaning products can damage the finish of your flooring, or even cause damage to the wood itself. You should avoid using any wax-based cleaning solutions. You’ll also want to avoid using water or bleach to clean your floors. Before purchasing any cleaning products for your hardwood floor, read the label carefully. Always use products that are made for hardwood floors, and follow the directions on the label. UB Hardwoods recommends certain professional quality cleaning products, such as Bona. These products are specifically designed to clean today’s finishes without causing damage.
Avoid Water Damage.
Excess moisture can wreak havoc on hardwood flooring, resulting in cupping of the boards and other long-term damages. Clean up any spills right away using products made specifically for hardwood floors. Wet mopping and steam mopping can dull the finish and damage the wood. Extremes in humidity can also be harmful to your flooring, causing it to expand and contract with fluctuations. Try to maintain an average humidity level of 35% to 45% to minimize this.
Use Floor Mats In Entryways.
In a busy household, dirt and moisture can be easily tracked in from the outdoors and onto your hardwood flooring. To protect your hardwood floors, we recommend placing floor mats at all exterior entryways. The mats will capture much of the harmful dirt and moisture before it has a chance to reach your hardwood. Your mats should be vacuumed frequently to further reduce tracking.
Protect It From Dents And Scratches.
While your hardwood floors may be solid and durable, they aren’t immune to scratches and dents. To protect your flooring from damage, place soft furniture protectors under the legs of any furniture that is placed directly on your hardwood flooring. These protectors should be replaced if they become damaged or if debris begins to build on the surface of the material. You should also avoid walking on your hardwood while wearing footwear such as high-heeled shoes or sports cleats, which can produce a surprising amount of impact on your flooring.
Protect your investment by properly caring for your hardwood floors. While maintaining hardwood flooring may seem like a lot of work, it is quite easy to develop a convenient care routine that fits into your schedule. For older floors that have scratches or gouges, refinishing can repair the damage and extend the lifespan of your flooring.
At UB Hardwoods, we do more than just install beautiful flooring. We want you to enjoy your flooring long after installation is complete, which is why we are here to answer any questions you might have about your new floors. If you’re not sure what the care needs of your specific flooring material may be, contact the experts at UB Hardwoods!