You can still maintain your hardwood floors' beauty for many years, provided you adhere to some simple dos and don’ts. Let's begin by looking at eight possible things that could ruin your hardwood floors.
1. USING THE WRONG CLEANER & SUPPLIES
Stop using abrasives such as scrubbing pads and harsh chemical cleaning products. They can damage your floors!
You should use a mild detergent sparingly and not pour directly onto the floors. Instead, apply the product to a microfiber cloth (or mop) instead.
2. USING A STEAM MOP
Do not use any of the steam mops that are available on the market for hardwood floors. Using steam is like pouring hot water on your floor and using water is one of the worst things you can do for your wood floors.
3. HIGH HEELS & THINGS THAT SQUEAL
It is best to avoid wearing high heels when walking on hardwood floors. High heels can cause scratches and indentations, especially if they have a small diameter.
If you have pets, have them trim their nails or put on pet booties. You should clean up any accidents as soon as possible. If you leave your pet unattended, it can cause permanent stains and an unpleasant odor.
4. Use a vacuum without a WOOD FLOORING ATTACHMENT
You should not vacuum wood floors unless you have an attachment made specifically for wood floor cleaning. The beater bar on your vacuum can cause damage to your floors and "beat" them.
5. AREA RUGS WITH RUBBER BACKING
You shouldn't use area rugs with vinyl backing or mats with rubber backing on hardwood floors. Why? You might notice discoloration in some floor finishes if the backing is mixed with other materials.
6. TOO MUCH SUNSHINE (YES, IT’S A THING)
Too much sunlight can make wood floors look duller faster than normal. When it is hot and sunny, blinds or draperies can be closed to keep the sun off your floors. This allows you to still let light in, but doesn't cause as much damage.
7. APPLYING WAX TO A URETHANE FINISH
You can stop there! You should not apply wax to floors with a urethane finish.
8. DO NOT WAIT TO REFINISH.
Refinishing your floors is not a simple task. The surface scratches can cause permanent damage by trapping dirt and dulling your floor's finish. Choose a wood flooring company that will make this process painless and you'll have it done in no time!
QUICK TIPS FOR CARING FOR HARDWOOD FLOORS
You can take good care of your wood floors. Wipe up spillages immediately. Start at the edges and work towards the center. Use a dry mop, or a broom with exploded tips to remove dirt and dust. Use an air conditioner in the summer and a humidifier during winter to avoid extreme temperature swings. It is important to maintain a temperature between 70-72 degrees, and a relative humidity between 50-55 percent. You'll enjoy years of beauty and enjoyment if you take care of your floors!
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