Hardwood floors - Tips on cleaning and maintenance
Hardwood floors can add value to your home, not to mention that it can be a rich and bright complement to your interior. But however wonderful it is with hardwood floors, they are fragile for impact, and to keep your hardwood floors dazzling year after year, there are some tips you should think about.
14 important care and cleaning tips for wooden floors
- Keep the moisture away.
If your flooring has a good finish, it is more resistant to water than the flooring that lacks the finish or has little left. But regardless, water is the worst enemy to natural wood floors. It can cause curved and cracked floorboards, and because of that, keeping moisture away from the floor is the best thing you can do for it. To do this, start by quickly wiping up spills with a slightly damp cloth and by not installing wooden floors in damp places, such as the bathroom.
- Sweep regularly.
Dirt and gravel can quickly accumulate on all floors, but can easily scratch the surface of the wooden floor, so try to sweep your wooden floor with a sweep with soft straws every or every other day.
- Vacuuming every week.
For the same reason as above, you should vacuum your floors about once a week. But make sure you use the right brushing accessories so that the vacuum cleaner nozzle does not damage your hardwood floor.
- Use only a slightly moistened mop.
Do you remember the worst enemy of the wooden floor? Yes, that's right, water. So therefore when you mop, your mop should only be the smallest bit moist.
- Use only cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer.
When using wood floor cleaning products, use only those recommended by the manufacturer. Wooden floors have different types of finishes, some are wax-based, some water-based and so on. Some cleaning products may react differently with different types of wood flooring.
- Put on furniture paws.
Deep notches can be nearly impossible to remove without grinding, and the more you grind your floor the thinner it gets. So it is a good idea to protect your floor by putting furniture paws on all furniture.
- Do not drag furniture or heavy objects over the floor
When moving heavy objects such as furniture, make sure you lift them rather than dragging them across the floor as this can cause chipping and scratching.
- Try to avoid walking on wooden floors with high heels or coarse shoes.
These shoes, especially high heels, can cause notches and marks on the wooden floor.
- Place carpets in areas where many move.
Carpets help protect the floor from gravel and also against notches and scratches.
- Place carpets at all entrances.
Entrances are very dirty places. Most of what is left under the shoe from the outside falls off at the entrance, so protect your wooden floors from dirt and gravel by laying rugs on these places.
- Vacuum the carpets frequently.
Gravel can accumulate on piles in carpets and eventually settle down to the floor, so make sure you vacuum them often, even on the floor below them.
- Only use the manufacturer's recommendations for repairs.
You will want to use different products to repair your flooring from scratches and notches, but use only those recommended by the manufacturer. This is for the same reason we mentioned about the cleaners - all floors are different and everyone needs the different products.
- Use the manufacturer's recommendations for wax and polishing products.
The same goes for waxing and polishing, find out what is right for your floor.
- Protect your floor from the sun.
Natural wood floors that are exposed to direct sunlight for a long time are usually bleached, so it is a good idea to lay out some rugs in these areas or use blinds and drapes.