Hardwood is one of the most beautiful flooring materials, but it also needs more maintenance than options like laminate and carpet. That doesn't make hardwood floor a bad thing, however. By adding just a few simple steps to your home cleaning routine, you can extend the life of your wood floor and keep it looking great.
Choose The Right Cleaning Material
First thing's first, with any cleaning project you should make sure you're using the correct materials for the job. When choosing cleaning liquid, make sure the bottle specifies that it can be used for hardwood floor. When applying finish, be sure to remember what type you use, as you'll need to use the same kind for future applications.
Dry First, Wet Second
This step is simple, but important. Dry cleaning your floor first prevents dirt and debris from scratching your floor as you mop, and wet cleaning doesn't always do away with dust and hair. This should be a weekly step in your routine. When vacuuming, use an attachment with a brush or felt surface that runs along the floor, rather than using rotating brushes that could damage the floor. If you're not a fan of dragging out the vacuum, a dust mop or Swiffer can do the trick just as well.
Use Felt Protectors
One of the most common causes of floor damage is scrapes and scratches from furniture. This issue is easily prevented, however, by sticking felt protectors to the bottom of your furniture. You'll need to replace these periodically, as the felt wears down over time and becomes less protective, but the protection they give to your floor is worth every penny. Whenever possible, you should avoid dragging furniture.
Rugs are always a fantastic purchase, both as a decoration and a floor protector. A large area rug is a must have in high traffic areas, and they can really tie a room together. Be sure to choose rugs with a natural backing, as synthetic backings can damage and discolor floor. It's equally important to have a door mat at your home's entrance to prevent shoe damage. While you're at it, be sure to enforce a strict no shoes policy.
Protect From Your Pets
If you're a pet owner and nail trimming isn't already part of your routine, it should be. Keeping their nails short and dull will keep scratches to a minimum. If possible, you could can buy special caps that adhere to your pet's nails, but if you trim them regularly this shouldn't be necessary. You should also have a mat under their water dish to keep your floor protected from water.
All of these steps are pretty basic and straightforward, but they're all essential in maximizing the lifespan of your hardwood floor. Your floor is an investment that's worth protecting, so be sure to give it the care it deserves. If you're interested in revamping your home's appearance by switching to hardwood floors, give Divine Home Remodeling a call today for a free estimate!