Hardwood Floor Maintenance

Choosing to install hardwood floors into your home is a value-adding, elegant and classy improvement. You can enhance existing beauty in your home and provide a new, updated look for a previously downtrodden space. Once you make that change though, there is a lot of maintenance involved to keep your hardwood floors looking their best. We’ve compiled a list of maintenance tips to help you keep your hardwood floors in Orange County from showing their age. We have your best interests at heart and we hope these simple measures will help you keep your floors perfect all the time.

Maintenance Tips From Our Experts

Keep Your Floor As Clean As Possible At All Times
Allowing dust and bacteria to settle on your floors for any amount of time is just more of an opportunity for the floors to wear down and get eaten away. Keep the floors clean with a light sweep at least every other day. If using a vacuum on your hardwood floors, be sure to choose a vacuum with a soft brush. Vacuuming should be done about once a week to keep the dust and dirt at bay.

Try To Prevent Any Damage
We recommend investing in some synthetic mats to place strategically at all the entry points to the interior of the house. This is an excellent way to collect any residual dirt from people’s shoes. Because of the vast options available today for mats, it shouldn’t be hard to find the perfect fit for your floors and your home. Also, make sure the mats do not have adhesive or abrasive coated bottom.

Don’t Use Water
Never use water on your hardwood floors to clean them. Water has been known to increase the rate of deterioration for hardwood flooring, no matter the type of wood. Most local supermarkets will carry special wood floor cleaning products that you can spray on the floor and then wipe with a cloth. Use a very soft cloth to avoid scratching the wood. As the trends shift towards more polyurethane coating than wax finishes, the wood floor cleaning products will change, so be sure to read the labels to determine which is right for your floors.

Maintain The Polyurethane Finish
If your floor has a polyurethane protective finish on it; that also needs to be maintained. You should have the floors screened and re-coated with polyurethane every 3 – 5 years, depending on the amount of traffic and wear you have on the floors. If this process is neglected, the floors could become damaged, then your floors would most likely need to be refinished.

Avoid Stains
Stains are the biggest enemy of hardwood floors. Eventually, the floors will probably get stained, no matter how hard you try to prevent it. Somebody will eventually drop something on the floor that will cause stains. Having to deal with stains is one of the drawbacks of having a hardwood floor. Using rubbing alcohol and fine steel wool is one of the best way to attack stains when they happen. When this is done, it will leave a mark on the wood. The last step is to do a polish job to make the wood look normal again.

Use Area Rugs
Cover areas with increased amounts of foot traffic with area rugs. Some might say that using area rugs defeats the purpose of having hardwood floors, but a nice accent rug could really do a lot to brighten up or improve the layout of a crowded space. Using carpets and rugs to cover just the heavy traffic areas of your home will help protect the luminosity of your hardwood floors for many years to come.

We hope these tips are helpful! For all of your hardwood flooring needs, make sure you contact Fabulous Floors Orange County.