Caring for your Hardwood Floors and Preventing Holiday Damage

November 14, 2017 - 9:35am

Hardwood floors are a great investment. They add value to your home and provide a beautiful, long-lasting flooring solution. At Temple Johnson Flooring, we have been providing hardwood-flooring solutions throughout Oklahoma City for more than 90 years. We recognize the benefits of both engineered and solid hardwood, and we strive to help every customer find a satisfactory product.

When you install hardwood floors in your home, you will need to learn about the process of maintaining hardwood. Here are some simple suggestions for hardwood care and damage prevention:

Outside Maintenance

The first step in keeping your hardwood floors clean and damage-free requires a bit of exterior maintenance. Dirt and debris that gets tracked into your home easily cause scratches if it remains underfoot for extended periods. Entryways, patios, and the garage should receive extra attention once your hardwood floors are installed.

Protecting High Traffic Areas

More trafficked areas of your home are, of course, more likely to suffer damage over time, so protecting these areas with rugs or mats is a great way to keep high traffic areas free of damages. Ultimately, this will also help to extend the life of your hardwood floors.

The foyer, main hallways, and kitchen should be your focus areas when placing mats to avoid excessive accumulation of dirt and debris. Because you shouldn’t allow excessive moisture to remain in contact with your floors for an extended period of time, be sure to avoid rubber-backed floor mats.

If you want to stay one step ahead of dust and dirt, you might consider implementing a “no shoes in the house” rule. This will keep dangerous debris in your main entrance area rather than having it tracked throughout the home.

The Spill Patrol 

Most sticky or wet spills from Holiday feasts can be wiped up with a clean cloth if caught quickly.   Excess moisture building up in your floorboards is a recipe for disaster, so be diligent to clean up spills with a mop or rag immediately after they occur.   If stains do occur, you can remove them using a recommended stain-removing product and a clean, soft rag. Your floor’s manufacturer should be able to give you an idea of the specific stain removal product you should use to remove stains without ultimately doing damage to your floors.

Staying High and Dry

Water is one of the most dangerous substances for your hardwood floors. Minor water damage can appear as a hazy or white stain on the surface. Pooled water, squishy floorboards, and soaked drywall are three common signs of more severe water damage.

Soaking up any liquid that spills on your floor as quickly as possible is essential to preventing water damage. If water remains on the surface of your floors for too long, it will seep through the floorboards and compromise the integrity of the subfloor and the floorboards themselves.  We will share more tips for real Christmas trees on hardwood floors on our next blog.   

If you do notice minor surface damage, try buffing it out using automotive polish or even toothpaste and applying light pressure with a cotton cloth. More extensive damage, however, could mean having to replace your entire floors altogether.

New hardwood floor owners should be carefully aware of soaking up all liquids spilled if they wish to reduce the likelihood of water damage. If you have, unfortunately, noticed a few signs that could indicate water damage to your subfloor, please don’t hesitate to contact us