Shiny wood floorPreserving the life of your hardwood floors doesn’t have to be a burden. Hardwood is one of the most durable flooring types available today, as well as a popular choice for Concord homes. By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to integrate your floors into your cleaning routine with ease.

Regular cleaning

Do a regular sweeping, vacuuming, or dry mopping of your hardwood floors to remove any dust, pet hair, and dirt. If you have hardwood in your kitchen, you may want to do this room a little more often to reduce any buildup of crumbs and food spills.

After removing dirt by one of the previous methods, use warm water to damp-mop your hardwood floors. It’s important to sweep or vacuum first to prevent any dirt from scratching the wood. Wring out all excess water before applying the mop to the floor, and dry any puddles left behind.

Avoid Moisture

Clean liquid spills immediately by blotting with a dry cloth. Moisture is one of hardwood’s worst enemies. If left standing, it can warp and damage the wood. That’s why it’s important to use water sparingly when damp mopping. You can also turn on a ceiling or oscillating fan to speed up the drying process.

Protect the Finish

Place rugs or felt pads under furniture to prevent any scratches. This is especially relevant for chairs, tables, and any other pieces that tend to shift often. It’s also a good idea to strategically place runners or area rugs in high-traffic zones.

Some additional ways to protect your floor’s finish are to keep pets’ claws trimmed, avoid walking on the wood in shoes with pointed heels, and use dollies to move heavy objects instead of dragging them across the floor. You should also place rugs on both sides of all your exterior doors, so you can wipe your feet or remove your shoes upon entry. This will avoid tracking extra dirt or water inside your home and onto your floors.

Hardwood flooring is an ideal choice for any home because you can find varieties that match almost any lifestyle. By following these tips from Floor Coverings International Concord you’ll keep them looking like new for years. If you’re considering installing hardwood in your Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA home, call today and schedule your free in-home consultation.

 

Photo Credit: Susan Leggett