Hardwood Floor Maintenance

Wood flooring is an investment. Regular maintenance will keep your investment looking good and lasting throughout the years. Always read the manufacturer’s care instructions. They will tell you how to take care of your specific wood flooring. Here are a few ways to keep your floors looking great.

Do Not Let Water Sit on Wood Floors

Wood expands and contracts with the seasons. Try to keep your home between 30 and 50 percent humidity. Moisture is a natural enemy of wood floors. So, it is not only important to eliminate the moisture in the air, it is necessity to clean up any spills immediately Also, never use a wet mop to clean your floors. If you have a home with wood floors in the kitchen, place a kitchen mat in front of the sink.

Clean the Floors Regularly

Dirt, dust and grit can dull and scratch the floor. Clean the floor on a regular basis. Use a dust mop or broom. If you plan to use a vacuum, use one designed for wood floors. Place mats in front of the exterior entrance, they remove any dirt that resides on the bottom of shoes.

Keep the Floors Scratch Free

Make sure heels and shoes are in good repair. If necessary take off shoes before entering the house. Furniture can also damage wood floors. Place felt pads on the furniture’s feet. This will prevent the furniture from scuffing the floor when it is moved.

Limit Direct Sunlight

Sunlight can damage a wood floor. Constant sunlight alters the color of the floor. Keep shades and blinds pulled during the sunniest part of the day. If natural lighting is important, rearrange furniture to prevent spots from appearing on the floor.

These quick maintenance tips will help you protect your floor investment. Flooring is meant to last the life of a home. By preventing blemishes and keeping them clean, the floors will endure for a very long time.

Cleaning Your Wood Floors

While daily maintenance will usually keep the floors clean, sometimes dust mopping does is not enough. If heavy dirt finds its way onto the floor, gently use a sponge mop to clean it. Use a wood floor cleaning solution. Once the floor is cleaned, use a terry cloth pad to dry it. The cleaning solution makes the dirt easier to remove. The terry cloth pad picks up the dirt.

Here are some products that are recommended for wood floors:

• Squeaky Hardwood Floor Cleaner
• Dura Seal Hardwood Floor Cleaner
• Bona X Hardwood Floor Cleaner
• Glitsa Hardwood Floor Cleaner
• Synteko Super Hardwood Floor Cleaner
• Safeglides Felt Floor Protectors
• Spray products that specify they are for use on hardwood floors

The following products should not be used on your floors.

• Vinegar and ammonia
• Pine-based cleaners like Pine Sol
• Murphy’s Oil Soap or any oil soap, paste or wax
• Fantastic, Formula 409 or other surface cleaners
• Pledge or other wax or silicone-based polishes

Cleaning your floor with the correct products will keep it look good as new. Remember, only use a damp mop for hard to clean dirt and dry the floor immediately after cleaning. As always, adhere to the cleaning instructions that came with your flooring.