Hardwood floors add so much beauty and elegance to any space! They are breathe taking when the sun bounces off them. We all wish they could look like a picture from a magazine every day, yet the reality is your hardwood floors are impacted by daily living. So, to preserve the shine and fresh look, there are maintenance routines that every hardwood floor owner should know. Following these recommendations from the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) will help maintain the life and beauty of your floors.
Clean Spills Immediately
Use a dry or damp cloth to immediately wipe up anything that you spill. It is recommended to avoid a wet or steam mop, as NWFA says can cause more damage over time. Wood swells and shrinks with moisture in the air and directly on the surface of the wood. This also can be effected by the temperature and humidity levels in your house. It is important to keep humidity levels down to avoid cupping, splitting, and gapping of the wood. The best way to prevent this from happening is to clean spills immediately, keep your home’s temperature between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and maintaining humidity levels between 30 to 50 percent humidity. People who use swamp coolers that run in the summer will experience gapping as the wood dries out in the winter. Using a humidifier or switching to a home A/C unit can help with the extreme changes in humidity throughout the changing seasons.
Take Your Shoes Off
The shine of you floor will last longer to those that take their shoes off by the door. Wearing shoes throughout the house leads to wear and tear by grounding dirt and debris into your floor. Taking your shoes off and wearing socks or grippy slippers helps keeps the dirt and debris by the door. Also, wet shoes should not be worn in the house. Besides them tracking all sorts of things across the floor, the wetness can impact the humidity levels as mentioned above.
Use Furniture Pads
Scratches are one of the toughest problems to solve when it comes to hardwood floors. Although some scratches are inevitable, others are preventable. The easiest ways to avoid scratches is by placing furniture pads to the legs of your chairs, couches, tables, etc. Another way is to avoid sliding things across the floor. For people with kids, this includes dirt clothes/laundry baskets, games, and toys. Assuring that doors have enough space between them and the floor, will also help ensure rocks or other larger debris isn’t getting caught and scratching the floor as the door opens and closes.
Sweep and Dust Daily
Although this may seem excessive, it is an important recommendation. Dust and dirt particles are everywhere, and they settle into the grain and between the floorboards. The more frequently you sweep and dust the less likely it is for these dust and dirt particles to settle. Also, if you have furry friends and pets, their hair and dander also builds up in these areas adding damage to the look of your floor.
This will help remove debris that is missed while sweeping and dusting. Helping reduce scratches and dirt being grinded into the grain and cracks. There are options available for those that don’t like to vacuum. Investing into machines can be beneficial. Some options are hand vacuums or cordless vacuums, which make quick clean ups easier, and robot vacuums which will clean while your out of the house or sleeping.
Use Wood Floor Cleaner Monthly
There are many options available out there. It is recommended that you research which is best for your specific flooring material. These help maintain the shine and luster of your floor, and in some cases help protect your floor from damage. A word of caution, using wood floor cleaners too frequently can leave a hazy effect that needs to be professionally removed.
Professional Hardwood Floor Cleaning Every 3-6 Months
Having your floors professionally cleaned provides a deep clean that you can’t get with manual cleaning. It gets into the grain and other crevices to aggressively attacking tough dirt in a way that is safe for the floor. Professional machines remove residue left behind by common cleaners, disinfect areas of germs, viruses, and bacteria using EPA approved cleaners, and restores the original look of the floor. For more information or to contact us for a free professional hardwood floor cleaning consultation click here.
Re-Finish Your Floors Every 3-5 Years
According to the NWFA website, "Over time, when your wood floors start to look a little dull, they can be renewed through recoating. This involves applying a new coat of wood floor finish." It is important to note that how often you do this depends on the person or family's lifestyle. Contact us to schedule a free consult to see if this is appropriate for your floors.
Nothing keeps your home looking more elegant than hardwood floors! Following these tips will keep you pleased with the look of your home for years to come. If you are wanting more in depth services to help maintain the beauty of your hardwood flooring or have questions about your flooring needs, feel free to contact us at 720-810-1082, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website for an extensive list of services we offer at www.transcendflooring.com.
Transcend Flooring LLC is a Hard Surface Installation and Cleaning company that values customer service by providing a product that meet customer’s needs and expectations. We believe in going above and beyond by educating our customers on the process, providing information on materials, and answering questions our customers have. Our staff has a combine 45+ years of experience working in the hardwood industry. Feel free to contact us at 720-810-1082, email us at email@example.com, or visit our website at www.transcendflooring.com