There are many benefits to having hardwood floors in your home versus carpets.
However, to keep them looking their best, you have to know how to properly take care of them to avoid damaging them.
Because wood is a porous material, there are some rules on how you have to clean and care for them that are different than other types of furniture or flooring in your home. For example, if something spills on your floor, it should be wiped up immediately, but without the use of harsh chemical cleaners or anything acidic, ammonia or wax-based.
If you want to vacuum your floor, be sure to use an attachment that is soft and made out of brush or felt. You can safely vacuum, sweep or dust mop your floor once a week, or more if necessary, but make sure it’s with not done with abrasive materials to avoid scratches.
Entrance ways should be fitted with interior and exterior doormats to catch as much dirt as possible before getting to your floor. In high traffic areas, use runners or smaller area rugs to prevent your floor being unevenly worn.
If you have pets, make sure to keep their nails trim to avoid scratches. Also, put some type of foam or rubber protection on the bottom of your chairs and other furniture that can scratch your floor when moved. Shoes can cause scratches and damage as well, so never walk on your hardwood with certain sports shoes, dance shoes or high heels.
Finally, keeping your home at a humidity of between 35 and 55 per cent will help maintain the optimum integrity and look of your hardwood floors, for years to come.
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