You just had your new hardwood flooring installed, but now it’s time for the upkeep. With these tips and tricks you will have the knowledge to keep that floor looking its best for years to come.
Did you know that using rubber or vinyl rugs/mats on your hardwood flooring could trap any water underneath them? When water is trapped under a rug or mat, overtime it can cause the wood to break down and rot. If the wood were to rot enough you know it would be time to replace the flooring. Save yourself the money and the hassle in the long run of having to replace your hardwood floors and avoid using rubber and vinyl rugs or mats.
Did you know that direct sun light can cause your flooring to become discolored or fade? The best way to protect your flooring from the sun light is by using sheers or blinds. Using either of these two types of shades will allow the sun to come in and brighten the entire room while making sure your floor is protected from the direct UV rays of the sun.
Did you know that one of the best ways to clean your hardwood flooring is to use slightly damp microfiber cloths to sweep. Using micro fiber allows you to clean the floor without dragging harsh chemicals around the floor. Microfiber brushes and mops will gently allow you to clean your floor without having to worry about scratches from the more traditional brooms or mops.
One of the biggest reasons you may get scratches or dings in your floor is from your pets. Maintain your pets nail length at all times. We have all seen pets run across a hardwood floor and not be able to stop. When pets begin to slide their claws are the first thing to come out. This could permanently scratch the surface of your new floor.
Did you know ammonia is not good for flooring? As with most household cleaners they are chemical based. There are various amounts of chemicals that can hurt or rot your flooring. You’re trying to clean your floor and without knowing it, you might actually be hurting it more than cleaning it. Avoid using most household cleaners and water even if it’s to pick up a spill. Instead of using either of these things grab a towel and dampen it slightly to clean up any messes. Once you have cleaned the spill it might be a good idea to run a towel over it to dry up any leftover moisture.
Here is a Recap of Those Tips and Tricks, and others to Keep Your New Hardwood Floor Looking its Best:
- Avoid using harsh chemicals when cleaning your floor
- Rub and vinyl can trap water underneath causing your floor to rot
- Direct sun light can fade or discolor your floor. Using blinds or shears can help prevent this
- Microfiber mops and brushes are tope ways to clean your floor without leaving scratches.
- Keep pet’s nails trimmed so they can walk comfortably and safely across any hardwood surfaces without scratching it.
- It might be a good idea to remove shoes when walking over hardwood floors. Shoes bring in everything we have walked on all day. Pebbles, grit, grime, dirty and mud could cause a lot of damage and make your cleaning a lot longer process.