HARDWOOD FLOOR MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR BALTIMORE RESIDENTS
Your Hardwood Needs Special Care
Adding hardwood floors to your house can increase your home-appeal and further the unique beauty in your home. Many people even opt for wood floors because they are easier to clean and maintain than carpet. Regardless, there is a lot of maintenance required to keep your hardwood floors looking fresh. As Baltimore’s favorite floor renewal service, we’ve compiled this list of maintenance tips to help you retain the quality of your hardwood floors. We have your best interests at heart and hope these simple measures will help you stay in love with your hardwood floors!
Wood Floor Maintenance Tips
Keep Your Floors Clean
When dust and bacteria settle on your floor they can increase the likelihood of scratching and wear them down quicker. Sweeping your floors at least every other day is an easy tactic to keep your floors clean and make sure dust doesn’t stick. If using a vacuum on your hardwood floors, be sure to choose a vacuum with hard floor settings and a soft brush. Vacuuming and mopping should be done about once a week to keep the dust and dirt at bay.
Prevent Damage to Your Floors
Placing mats or rugs in your entryways can prevent against dirt collection. Be sure to choose mats or rugs without an adhesive or abrasive bottom.
Don’t Use Water on Your Floors
Never use water to clean your hardwood floors. Water can deteriorate the wood. Most stores carry a special wood floor cleaner that can be sprayed and wiped away with a soft cloth. Know the finish of your floors (for example, polyurethane or wax) so you can choose the right cleaner.
Maintain Polyurethane Finishes
Floors with a polyurethane finish will need special attention. Depending on the amount of foot traffic, these floors should be inspected and re-coated every 3-5 years.
Avoid Stains at All Costs
The biggest enemy of any hardwood floor is a stain. These are hard to prevent, but do all you can to keep tough substances from being spilled on your floors. When stains do happen, rubbing alcohol and steel wool should do the trick. However, this will leave a mark on the wood and damage the stain, so you’ll need to polish your floors in that spot.
Use Area Rugs
Cover high traffic areas with large rugs. Not only will this prevent damage to your hardwood floors, but these rugs can add a nice touch to the style of your room.
Refinish or Resurface Your Floor
Eventually, every wood floor will wear down. It doesn’t matter how hard you work, you’ll need to replace or restore the floor at some point. Now we may seem biased, but the best thing you can do for your old floor and your budget is to use either of our hardwood floor refinishing or resurfacing services to bring back the original beauty!
We hope these tips are helpful! For all of your hardwood flooring needs, contact Fabulous Floors!