HARDWOOD FLOOR MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR CLEVELAND HOMEOWNERS
Take Care of Your Wood Floors
Having hardwood floors in your home adds incredible beauty and value to your space! Many people install wood floors thinking they’ll be low-maintenance and easy to care for, however this isn’t the case. Hardwood floors require a bit of TLC to keep them looking their best. As Cleveland’s hardwood renewal experts, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you maintain the natural beauty of your hardwood floors. We have your best interests at heart and hope these simple measures will help you stay in love with your hardwood floors for years to come!
Basic Wood Floor Maintenance Tips
Keep Your Floors Clean & Bacteria Free
When dust and bacteria accumulate on your floors it will increase the likelihood of scratches. Keep floors clean with a light sweep at least every other day. If using a vacuum on your hardwood floors, be sure to choose a vacuum with hard floor settings and a soft brush. Vacuuming and mopping should be done about once a week to keep the dust and dirt at bay.
Prevent Damage to Your Floors
For greater protection against dirt and debris from entering your home, invest in mats or rugs to place at entryways. This is a simple way to collect dirt from people’s shoes and other sources. Choose rugs without an adhesive or abrasive bottom.
Don’t Use Water on Your Floors
To preserve the natural beauty of your hardwood floors, avoid using water for cleaning at all costs. Excess moisture can ruin the wood’s integrity over time. Most stores carry a special wood floor cleaner that can be sprayed and wiped away with a soft cloth. Know the finish of your floors (for example, polyurethane or wax) so you can choose the right cleaner.
Maintain Polyurethane Finishes
Floors with a polyurethane finish will need special attention. Depending on the amount of foot traffic, these floors should be inspected and re-coated every 3-5 years.
Avoid Stains at All Costs
Stains are the biggest enemy to your hardwood floors. This is hard to prevent, but do all you can to keep tough substances from being spilled on your floors. In the event of stains, a mixture of rubbing alcohol and steel wool should remove them. However, this will leave a mark on the wood and damage to the stain. You’ll need to polish your floors in that spot.
Use Area Rugs
Cover high traffic areas with large rugs. Not only will this prevent damage to your hardwood floors, but these rugs can add a nice touch to the style of your room.
Refinish or Resurface the Old Flooring
We hope these tips are helpful! For all of your hardwood flooring needs, contact Fabulous Floors!