The summer temperatures and good weather translate to everyone in the family spending more time outdoors. While picnics in the park or trips to the lake can be relaxing as well as a lot of fun, you don’t want to bring the outdoors into your indoors. Planning and proper maintenance on your part can protect your hardwood floor investment for many years.
You can stop a lot most of your trouble at the front door. Have a mat outside to collect most of the dirt and debris from your shoes before you enter. Inside the door should be small throw rug to collect any remaining loose outside particles before you are able to comfortably remove your shoes. Dirt and grit will scratch your floor and make it appear older than it really is. If you fail to protect your entryways, they will show the wear and tear on your floor to everyone who enters. This is probably not the first impression you want to give your guests!
Removing your shoes at the door isn’t just a trend. Removing your shoes can do a number of things to help protect your floors. First, you are eliminating the opportunity to track dirt, chemicals, and moisture that is on your shoes to make its way onto your floors and cause damage. But did you know that removing your shoes has health benefits as well? In countries where it is common to sleep and eat on the floor, removing shoes at the door has always been a common practice. But in Europe and the United States, it has not been an overall habit performed by many until recent studies have shown just how dirty those shoes can be. Consider a day in the life of your shoe. You walk across pavement that may have bird droppings, leaves, dirt and other unwanted material. Inside buildings, you visit a public restroom a few times, visit a restaurant, walk through an office with other shoe wearers, picking up whatever they have left behind. Shoes can be very dirty! In fact, scientists have identified many bacteria that are commonly found on shoes that cause eye, lung and stomach infections including E. Coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and C.diff. These bacteria are not limited to your shoes. The dangerous spores can transfer and remain wherever you walk or where floor dust may end up. In addition, they can live on a dry surface for a very long time.
You should sweep daily. Dirt, dust, pet hair and other items that make their way to the floor should be cleaned up quickly to avoid the possibility of it scratching your floor. A broom is okay but can move the dirt around instead of picking it up. A microfiber sweeper will be a better choice, as these traps and hold the dirt to the cloth. Avoid picking your sweeper up from the floor as this can cause dirt to fall back to the ground. Once a week you can vacuum your floor but be sure to use a vacuum that does not have a beater bar or make sure the bar cannot reach the floor or that the wheels of the vacuum cannot harm the wood. If you choose to mop instead of vacuum remember that water and wood don’t mix! We recommend Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaners.
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