Hardwood flooring is durable and can last forever, becoming richer and more beautiful as it ages. That’s why homes with hardwood floors often have high resale values. The key to longevity is upkeep, which is why caring for the surfaces should rank high on the property list. To ensure your investment lasts for many years to come, below are maintenance steps to follow and other practices that are best to avoid.
Use furniture pads.
Over time, heavy furniture can leave grooves, nicks, and scratches in hardwood flooring. Place felt pads under furniture feet to protect the floor from damage. The material will serve as a barrier to relieve some of the strain on the flooring. Look for products with backing designed for wood surfaces, as rubber can retain moisture, which could stain the floor underneath.
Sweep and vacuum regularly.
Even if hardwood appears clean, you should still sweep or vacuum weekly, especially in high-traffic areas. This prevents dirt and dust from accumulating, which could become airborne and make people sick. The particles are also abrasive and could scratch the finish when people and pets walk on them. Use a microfiber dust pad or a vacuum with a soft-broom attachment so you don’t leave marks when cleaning.
Soak surfaces while mopping.
If you use water to clean floors, only wipe them down with a damp cloth. Using steam mops or buckets of water will increase the risk of liquid seeping under the finish. You might notice ripples in the stain as a result, which only refinishing can eliminate.
Use vinegar- or ammonia-based cleaning products.
Be mindful of what types of cleaners you use on the floors. Bypass vinegar- and ammonia-based solutions, as they could break down the finish, causing your hardwood flooring to lose its luster. To retain the quality of the investment, use cleaning products formulated to remove grime from hardwood.
If you want to install hardwood flooring as part of a home remodeling project, contact the staff at NorthWest Granite & Flooring in Oak Harbor, WA. The company carries carpet, hardwood, ceramic, laminate, and vinyl flooring to increase the value, comfort, and functionality of clients’ properties throughout the Island County area. With over 60 years of combined experience, the technicians will make sure your investment is installed correctly. To find out about material options and to schedule a consultation, call (360) 675-4978. Visit the remodelers’ website and Facebook page to see pictures of products and completed work.