Proper Care for Hardwood Floors

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With all of the maintenance that hardwood flooring requires, many homeowners are opting for tougher alternatives like laminate flooring or bamboo. For me though, nothing compares to the look and feel of a real hardwood floor. If you feel the same way, there are plenty of ways to take care of your hardwood floor so that is doesn’t show wear and tear over the years. With these simple tips your hardwood floor will look as good as new.

1. React quickly.

The single most important piece of advice for maintaining hardwood floors is to quickly clean up any spills on your floor. Use a soft cloth to soak up the liquid immediately after the spill occurs to prevent staining and odor.

2. Use the right cleaner.

Not just any cleaner will do the job with hardwood floors. Oily, waxy, or abrasive cleaners can do more harm than good. Liquid cleaners can also cause the floor to warp and delaminate. For tough stains, purchase a cleaner that is specifically made for hardwood flooring.

3. Vacuum regularly.

Buildup of dirt can scratch the floor finish, and accumulated dust and allergens is bad for the health of your family. Avoid these issues by vacuuming your floor regularly.

4. Use rugs.

Rugs are incredibly important for hardwood flooring maintenance. Strategically place rugs by outdoor doorways to prevent dirt and debris from being tracked into your home. If you have pets, rugs can also help them from scratching the floor with their claws.

5. Be careful with furniture.

Dragging furniture along your wood floor can create serious scratches. If possible, pick up furniture when it needs to be moved. You can also place soft glides underneath legs of furniture pieces to prevent scuffing and scratching.

6. Take off your shoes.

Wearing slippers around the house can greatly reduce your impact on your floors. High heels, sport shoes, and cleats can especially cause damage and dents. Take your shoes off to prevent everyday wear and tear on your floor.

7. Use a humidifier.

Because hardwood floors use natural materials, they are more prone to changes in season and weather than other products. Using a humidifier in winter months can help minimize the natural gaps and cracks that can occur during this season.

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