Hardwood floors are a beautiful investment but need proper care to stay nice! Rainy spring weather and messy shoes from grass clippings or mud do more than get your floors dirty. The tiny, hard pieces in dirt scratch up your wood, dulling the shine. Follow our tips here to keep your hardwood floors beautiful, and clean!
- Clean up dust and dirt regularly! Sweep, dust mop with a tool such as Swiffer or microfiber mop, or vacuum at least once per week to maintain the floor finish and appearance. This will pick up particles that get tracked through your home as well as animal fur if you have pets. Dust and dirt has a sandpaper effect on floors and can wear down the beautiful finish on hardwoods so it is important to keep up with this chore.
- Protect your floors from spring rains! Rugs and mats at entryways, the end of steps, and bathroom exits will extend the life of your floors by protecting them from harmful moisture. All rugs should allow the floor to breathe so rubber-backed rugs and mats should be avoided. Regularly shake out and vacuum rugs frequently to prevent trapped dirt from transferring to the hardwood floor.
- If the flooring in your home has a lot of dirt buildup, you may consider using a wet mop to clean them. Cleaning agents are often not necessary for hardwood floors but if you do choose to use them, check the labels carefully for hardwood floor suitability. We have a few we can suggest to you, just give us a call. If you do have a brand you plan to use, just be sure to check all package labeling carefully.
Otherwise, use a very small amount of water and wring out the mop carefully to prevent damaging the floors with too much moisture. The mop should be barely damp, more water is not necessary. If it is very humid, use a floor fan or run the ceiling fan to help the floors dry quickly.
- Take off your shoes! Keep a boot rack or shoe rack at entryways to store shoes and have a special mat or storage place for wet shoes. If your spring wardrobe includes peep toe high heels, make sure to take these off as well since high heeled shoes can damage the finish of hardwood floors. Also check out your pet’s feet. Wipe paws at the entryway after dogs have been outside and keep pet nails trimmed to prevent scratches on the floor.
- If you are changing décor or furniture with the new season, consider the impact on your floors. Carefully pick up and move furniture rather than dragging to avoid scratches in the finish. Lightly set the furniture down and attach felt pad floor protectors to the bottom of furniture to prevent damage.
Our relationship with our clients is not over when we are done installing your floor! If there is anything we can do to help you maintain your beautiful flooring, please give one of our specialists a call today!