There is something about hardwood flooring that makes a house look and feels more inviting. Hardwood flooring partners well with any home design style whether it is traditional or contemporary. Hardwood floor is no doubt a wise choice when deciding on the house flooring. But with it comes the challenge of maintaining and making sure it stays polished and spotless.
Here are four simple but fundamental things to remember to keep your hardwood floor at its best through the years.
Hardwood Flooring Maintenance Guide
Polish with Care
Hardwood floors can be sensitive. Simple spills and dust can eventually be problematic. Make sure to address issues before they can cause serious damage by keeping a no-wax wood floor cleaner by the hall closet or nearby. This way, you can straightaway clean up and wipe up any liquid or dirt. It is crucial to do it quickly as this type of flooring easily stains, just make sure you do not over-clean it.
If you want to rejuvenate the wax finish with wax, you may do so but make sure to never use wax on shellac, varnish, and polyurethane finish as it only makes the floor slippery. Choose a wax specifically intended for the type of surface. If a wax floor dulls, try buffing instead. I always recommend following manufacturers’ instructions as there are many types of wood floors and not all are treated equally.
Daily upkeep is simple but can contribute greatly to the preservation of the hardwood floor. The best mop for hardwood floors should be able to hold dust, dirt and liquid, something that microfiber mops are capable of. Come the weekend, vacuum the entire floor. Fine dust is like sandpapers, they slowly but will surely damage the floor’s finish.
Avoid Water Penetration
Protect your hardwood floor by keeping it away from rain. Water can penetrate deep into the wood, causing stains and ruining the floor finish. Close windows when you’re expecting rain. When you have indoor plants, put trays under the pots and immediately wipe off any liquid you see. You may choose to discourage guests from walking on it with certain shoes. Design an inviting bench for removal of damaging shoes, like heels and sports cleats that can easily scratch the surface.
Strategically Placed Area Rugs
Take extra precautionary measures in protecting the hardwood. At the door, use doormats to allow people to rub dirt and moisture off their shoes as they walk in and avoid debris from being tracked in. The longer the doormat the better as it gives more opportunity of cleaning off shoes. In high-traffic zones like the living area, where the family and guests usually gather or in the space where the children play, make sure to have rugs and carpets in place.
In the kitchen, place an area rug by the sink. Use furniture pads on all the legs of your furniture to maintain the floor’s shiny appearance. If you have to move furniture, never drag and slide, but instead, pick it up and carry it.