Taking Care of Your Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is one of the most elegant and sought after interior home flooring options out there. There are so many types of colors, sizes, stains, and a variety of looks that you can go with when picking out your hardwood flooring. Because hardwood can be on the more expensive side, you want to make sure you are taking very good care of the flooring. If cared after properly, hardwood flooring can last for years and years without much wear and tear. Here are some great ways to keep up the beauty of your hardwood floors:

Preventative Maintenance: It will save you time and money if you can prevent any damage to your hardwood floors before it happens. Placing floor mats and rugs by exterior doors will prevent dirt & water from being tracked onto the hardwood. Place guards or sliders on the bottom of furniture so that movement on the hardwood will not scratch it.

Basic Care: Mopping regularly is not necessary for hardwood, but you can dust the floor with a dusting agent to pick up loose dirt and hair that may be lying on the surface. Vacuuming your hardwood floors is another great options to pick up dirt. Make sure the vacuum does not have a hard attachment, but rather a brush or cloth attachment.

Deep Cleaning: Over time you will need to deep clean your hardwood to pick up any set in dirt & grime. Make sure to use a cleaning product specifically made for wood cleaning. When mopping the hardwood floors, make sure the mop is not completely saturated with water and remove any standing water that you see on the floor. It is best to mop with a fan or air-conditioning on to speed up drying time.

Removing Marks: With modern day hardwood flooring, the finish will be a hard finish such as urethane, which you must use only a soft, clean cloth to wipe marks away with. For older hardwood flooring that has a soft oiled finish, there are more complicated measures to get rid of marks and stains, which you can find here– bhg.com/homekeeping.

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