Knowing These 8 Secrets Will Make Your Hardwood Floors Look Amazing
Scratches, nicks and dents from furniture, shoes, and using the wrong cleaning solutions can all cause hardwood floors to become dull and lifeless. While hardwood floors are durable, regular care can help to prevent minor damage from accruing over time. Don't worry, it does not mean you will spend all your time on the upkeep of your hardwood floor. Just follow these instructions to enjoy your hardwood floor for many years to come.
Vacuum or Sweep weekly, more if you have high traffic.
If you vacuum, sweep or dust mop your floors once a week the dirt will be less likely to be ground in or scratch your floor. Be sure the vacuum head is brush or felt and a wand attachment is preferable. Do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads. You can use a swivel head mop with a terry cloth cover to pick up the finer particles of grit. Bona has a great mop specially designed for hardwood floors. Another way to minimize dust on your hardwood floors is to regularly vacuum other parts of your house. Carpet and rugs retain and shed a lot of dirt and debris, so keeping them clean will prevent dust from migrating to your woody surfaces.
Wipe up spills immediately
Yes, I know that sounds like a little too obvious, but the longer a spill is left on your wood the more damage it can cause. You can save your floor from damage by just using a towel or terry cloth mop. If you clean up that spill immediately you are less likely to have sticky spots. Use a damp (not wet) towel or sponge for those sticky spots. If it still does not come up try a professional wood floor cleaner.
Use a professional wood floor cleaner
Be careful with pointed objects.
Some of the most damaging dents, like on the floor above, come from spike heel shoes or sports shoes. Be aware of all worn or scuffed up shoes that may damage the finish of your wood floor. A good practice is to take off your shoes when you come in your home. It can save your floor from dents and scratches as well as excess dirt. Don't forget that pet's untrimmed nails can also cause scratching.
Protect your hardwood floors from harsh UV rays
Use furniture leg protectors to avoid scratches
Use interior and exterior doormats at all entrances.
Keep the relative humidity in your home between 40% and 60%.
- Sweep regularly
- Clean up spills quickly
- Use the right cleaning products
- Protect your floor from unnecessary wear and tear
- Keep the humidity levels manageable