You invested a lot of money into your gorgeous hardwood floors and for them to last a lifetime, they need to be properly cared for and maintained. To help homeowners in the maintenance process, we collected ten must-follow rules for the best success. Let’s take a look!
How to Care for Your Hardwood Floors:
No One. Climate Control.
Natural wood originates in a climate of 60 to 80 Fahrenheit with 35%-55% relative humidity. It is essential to always have on your HVAC system in order to maintain the proper temperature.
No Two. Routine Sweeping.
It is important to sweep/vacuum your hardwood floors regularly to increase their longevity. Just be sure to only use a brush head or felt tip. You want to avoid beater bars as they can damage your floors.
No. Three. Take Action.
To keep your floors looking beautiful longer, you need to take action as soon as you see a spill or accident. It is important to wipe the mess up with a soft, white cloth and the recommended cleaning products. For a list of recommendations, please visit your hardwood flooring manufacturer’s website.
No. Four. NEVER Use Water.
Wood and water just do not mix. It is best to avoid water altogether when cleaning your hardwood floors.
No. Five. Know Your Products.
Products containing oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products, lemon oil, tung oil, or ammonia should be avoided when cleaning your hardwood floors.
No. Six. Trim Pets’ Nails.
Keeping your pets’ nails trimmed can be good for their overall health as well as your floor’s health. While long nails can cause scratch marks, they can also potentially hurt your animal and cause them pain. It is best to keep your pets’ nails trimmed and cleaned.
No. Seven. Use Floor Protectors.
Floor protectors can be a great aid for heavy furniture and appliances. Just be sure to buy flooring protectors with no dyes.
No. Eight. Avoid Wearing Shoes.
High heels and spiked shoes can be hardwood floor’s worst enemy. To avoid damage and tracing inside lingering dirt, you can establish a “no shoes indoors” rule.
No. Nine. Place a Doormat at Entrances/Exits.
Cut dirt and debris off at the source—the doorway. Place a doormat in front of entrances and exits of the home to avoid tracing it inside of your home. Also, it can be a smart idea to place mats outside of your bathroom and near the sink in the kitchen. These areas typically attract water which is hardwood’s enemy.
No. Ten. Always use a White Cloth.
You never want to use a dyed or colored product on your hardwood floors because it has the potential to transfer. Instead, opt for a soft, white cloth to get the job done.
Are you interested in learning other ways to care for your other types of flooring? Be sure to check out our other posts at https://blog.century-tile.com.