How to Care for your Hardwood Floors
Today’s hardwood floors are easy to clean and care for thanks to advances in stains and finishes. Indeed, regular maintenance requires nothing more than a little sweeping (Or a lot if you have kids!) with a soft bristle broom and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your floor has a beveled edge that collects debris. It’s a good idea to clean your floors periodically with a professional wood floor-cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional.
Here are some steps you can take to help maintain the beauty of your hardwood floors:
Do NOT use any sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on your wood floor. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull.
Place throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto the floors. This will also prevent scratching
Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Any standing water can dull a finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
Do not put too much wax on a wood floor. If it dulls, trying buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by waxing there every other season.
Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides on furniture legs to prevent scuffing and scratching.
Avoid walking on wood floors with sports shoes (cleats) and high heels. A woman weighing 125 lbs. walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds-per-square-inch. An exposed nail in a heel can exert up to 8,000 pounds-per-square-inch. Floors will become dented and scratched under that much force.
Do not slide heavy furniture when moving it across wood floors. It’s best to pick it up completely.
Place an area rug in front of the sink if you have wood floors in your kitchen.
A humidifier during the winter months will help keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.
We hope these care tips are helpful. Please let us know if we can answer any other questions by phoning us at (510) 428-2828.