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Proper Care for Your Hardwood Floors

Posted on 11. May, 2015 by in Home Improvement

Hardwood flooring is a beautiful investment for you home. Now that you have gone through the effort of selecting the perfect style and color, in addition to having it installed, it is time to do what you can to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Hardwood floors tend to be more sanitary than carpets, but there are some important things that you need to keep in mind if you want them to continue looking beautiful for years down the road.

Cleaning

The type of cleaning that is suitable for your hardwood flooring depends on the manufacturer. You should consult the manufacturer’s instructions before you attempt to clean your floors. The cleaners that you use on linoleum or tile flooring are not necessarily suitable for wood floors. You should be able to get by with dry mopping. If you use water to clean your floors, only use a very small amount and dry it up as soon as you are done. If you are using a chemical cleaner, make sure it is compatible with wood floors.

Pets

If you have furry little family members running around your home, you will want to mitigate the damage they can cause to your hardwood floors. For dogs or pets that do not have retractable claws, keep the claws appropriately trimmed. Avoid putting water bowls on your wood floors in case of spills. If your pets cause any mess on your floor, clean it up immediately to avoid damage.

Use

Avoid wearing heels on your hardwood floors and make sure that the legs of your furniture have pads on the bottom. This should prevent denting and pressure marks on your flooring. Occasionally change the position of your furniture to reduce the risk of indentations. Hang shades over your windows to help control how much sunlight your floors are exposed to each day.

A Beautiful Investment

Hardwood flooring is beautiful, but it takes proper care and maintenance to keep it beautiful. Sweep and dry mop your floors a few times per week, then follow the manufacturer’s instructions for care.

 

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