Homeowners in the greater Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and the Lowcountry area invest in hardwood floors to add value to their homes. After installing hardwood in your own home, you want it to last as long as possible. Floor Coverings International of Charleston is here to help with tips on how to properly maintain your hardwood floors.
Keep Your Hardwood Clean
The first step in maintaining your hardwood is keeping it clean. About once a week, sweep with a microfiber dust mop to effectively lift dust and dirt without scratching the floors. Alternatively, invest in a vacuum with a parquet floor attachment to suck up the dust and dirt. For a deeper clean, occasionally wipe down your floors with a hardwood floor cleaner. Make sure the surface is clean before applying the cleaner and follow the provided instructions to prevent damage from over-application.
Be sure to blot liquid spills as soon as possible to prevent staining and warping. If you have a stain that leaves a sticky residue, use a plastic scrapper to remove it. Avoid abrasive cleaners like steel wool, scrubby sponges, and scouring powders, which may scratch the hardwood. Similarly, avoid using strong acidic or basic cleaners, since these can damage the protective seal on your floors.
Protect Your Hardwood Floors
Besides cleaning floors regularly, it is also important to protect them. Prevent tracked-in dirt from damaging hardwood by placing entry mats along the inside and outside of entryways. Conversely, opt for a shoes-off household where outdoor footwear isn’t worn inside the house.
Protect your floors from scratches by removing high-heeled or spiked shoes, regularly trimming your pet’s nails, and installing furniture pads on all furniture. Use area rugs in heavily tracked areas for more protection and occasionally rearrange rugs and furniture to ensure your floors wear evenly.
Lastly, keep sunlight in mind. While some species of wood are more sensitive to light than others, it is generally a good idea to avoid prolonged exposure. Use blinds or drapes to block out sunlight and prevent fading. This is another good reason to occasionally rearrange furniture, because this prevents imprints of shadows from forming in your floors.
Your Local Flooring Experts
For more tips on maintaining your hardwood flooring, call the experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston. We can provide more detailed advice regarding care for the specific hardwood species in your home.
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