Everybody loves hardwood floors but they can feel a little daunting if you don’t know how to care for them. After all, winter is coming and the last thing you need is to have your freshly glowing hardwoods stomped on and destroyed by the wet winter weather. So the important thing we want to share today is how to care for your hardwood floors and keep them shining and in top shape during all seasons of the years. After all, we at Unique Home Building are the experts of beautiful homes as well as the floors that grace them. So enjoy these tips and definitely enjoy your floors.
The most important thing you can do to care for your hardwoods is to prevent them from getting dirty or damaged. It doesn’t mean you need to be obsessive; a simple ‘no shoes indoors’ rule will work just fine. And don’t worry about offending people by asking them to take their shoes off either. It’s becoming far more common these days to remove your shoes and those that know and respect you shouldn’t have a second thought about it.
Another tip for care via prevention is to make sure every piece of furniture you have is protected with felt pads underneath all legs and furniture bases. This way, there’s no way to forget to move things carefully and nothing ever accidentally scratches the floor as it’s being moved.
As for when dirt happens, be sure to clean it up immediately. These floors like to be swept and wiped regularly. So as spills or tracks happen, simply wipe them clean and your floors will look new. Unattended dust, spills and tracks will collect dirt, dull out and be harder to clean as the layers build.
For maintaining their shine and health, make sure to use a dust mop for loose dirt, hair, animal shedding, dust and other debris. Invest in electrostatic cleaning towels, disposable or even wood cleaning sprays. You can also simply sweep or vacuum it up. Just be sure you do the more detailed method on a weekly basis.
Every month, put it on your calendar to clean your floors with special products meant just for for hardwoods. Follow the directions and make sure to thoroughly dry leftover moisture from the floor, because water left will damage and warp the floors permanently. Use a sponge or mop and rinse as needed.
At Unique home building wood floors are definitely our favorites and we want you to feel confident caring for them. They are an accessible luxury you deserve to enjoy in your home. So be educated and know how to take good care of them and contact Unique Home Building for all your remodeling and home care needs!