8 Tips About Maintaining Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Floor 8 Tips About Maintaining Hardwood FloorsHardwood floors are a great addition to any modern home. They bring both visual and functional benefits to a home, but they also require quite a bit of care. And while hardwood floor maintenance is not as complicated as it looks at first glance, there are a lot of things that you should know and take into consideration before you get to it.

Hardwood floor facts:

  • Hardwood floors are very easily damaged – Despite the way they look, hardwood surfaces can very easily get damaged in many ways. Pet hairs can easily cause scratches, heavy shoes can cause dents and a lot of the cleaning “tools” on the market aren’t really fit to deal with them. If you are using a vacuum cleaner to do the job, make sure that its wheels are not capable of damaging your floor. Excess use of water and some cleaning products can cause permanent damage to hardwood surfaces as well.
  • Hardwood floors require frequent maintenance – The longer you put off the cleaning, the higher chance of damage there is. As we’ve already said, this flooring type is very susceptible to environmental factors – the longer the exposure the bigger the risk. On the other hand, frequent cleaning helps with the overall hygiene and makes your home a healthier place to live in. It’s a win-win situation.
  • Different finish types may require different approaches – There a few types of floor finishes, but they can easily be divided in to three main categories – surface sealed, penetrating seal treated & oil-treated and lacquered/varnished/shellacked/untreated floors .The easiest way to determine the type of finish your floor has is to run your fingertip over it. If you leave no smudge, then your floor is surface sealed. If you manage to leave a smudge, then you have one of the latter examples. Various cleaning products state that they are suitable only for certain flooring types, so do keep that in mind.

The Tips:

1. Regular maintenance – Like we’ve already mentioned, the key to having a good hardwood floor is to clean it often. If at a certain moment you don’t feel like brining your whole cleaning gear, canister vacuum cleaner and mops out, then simply sweep your floor with a broom for a few minutes. While it won’t be as good as a complete cleaning, it’ll do the job until you have enough time for a proper session.Vacuuming Hardwood Floor 8 Tips About Maintaining Hardwood Floors

2. Vacuum Cleaning – It is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner at least once or twice a week to stay on the safe side. Here it is of utmost importance to make sure that your model is properly equipped to deal with hardwood flooring (attachment wise) and that its wheels can’t damage the flooring surface. Remember – even the best canister vacuum cleaner with the most amazing attachments can end up ruining your hardwood floor if its wheels aren’t properly designed.

3. Spills are BAD – As you already know, hardwood floors are very susceptible to environmental factors and water is one of their worst enemies. As such, it can easily ruin a big portion of the floor, causing permanent damage, unless you take care of it right away. Here, the two most popular choices end up being towels and wet/dry vacuums, as they can absorb the liquid very quickly.

4. Damp is Better Than Wet – When it comes to mopping, always follow the spirit of the tip above. You never want the mop to be wet or even worse – dripping water all over the place. It’s best for it to be slightly damp, so that it can sweep the dirt and hairs and not cause any damage to your floor.

5. No Dragging – Never, ever drag heavy objects on a hardwood floor surface. If pet hair can cause permanent damage to it, imagine what would dragging a big couch from one end of the room to the other do to it. Your beautiful floor will be ruined and in dire need of repair.

6. Floor Mats are Your Friends – Floor mats can help by not only adding style points to your home, but by reducing the amount of dirt that gets in to the room. Strategically place them at the entrances to the rooms in which you have wooden flooring and you will see great improvements shortly.

7. Furniture Pads Help – Furniture pads are meant to reduce the damage factors that heavier items bring. They will soften the weight upon your floors and will help reduce the marks, especially if you decide that you don’t want the heavy table sitting in this particular corner of the room.

8. Waxing and Buffing – Some particular hardwood floors can require this additional maintenance to be kept in check. However, you should always consult the manufacturer before trying to apply them on your own, as you can easily end up causing harm instead of good.

All in all, while hardwood floors are a thing of beauty, they also bring along a lot of responsibilities. And if you are not up for the job of keeping them clean and functional, you might as well consider a different flooring type. However, if you are ready to dedicate a small portion of your time to them on a weekly basis, they will serve you for many years to come.

Author Bio:

Fehu Othala is the leading writer for VacuumConsult. They focus on cleaning tips and vacuum reviews, bringing you information about the best vacuum cleaners on the market.

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