The floor in your home probably gets the most abuse of the items in your house. It’s trampled on every day by our families and pets. We spill sticky juices or drop food on it. We drag furniture across it without thought. Our floors often get a lot of attention when we initially pick them for our homes, but after that we kind of take them for granted.
A popular and desirable flooring option now-a-days is hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors add a warm, earthy feel to your home. While some hardwood floors are cheap, others can cost a lot of money to install in your home. If you use and abuse your hardwood floor, you’ll end up spending a lot of money to refinish it down the road, so learning some basic maintenance tips can help you extend the life of your beloved hardwood floor.
Here are some tips to help you maintain your hardwood floors so they last as long as possible:
Read Manufacturer Suggestions
Most hardwood floors you buy will come with manufacturer suggestions on how to care and maintain them. Who would probably know what’s best for them than the people who made them? So make sure to read over the instructions when you purchase your hardwood flooring.
Put Felt On the Bottom of Furniture
Moving chairs or tables across a hardwood floor can cause dulling or leave scratch marks all over. By gluing little felt pads to the bottom of your chairs or tables, the pads help the furniture slide over the floor with less friction and leave no scratch marks.
Don’t Let Water or Other Liquids Sit for Long
Remember how your grandma used to yell at you for putting your sweating cup on her wood table without a coaster? Your sweating cup dripping with water would leave a ring on the wood table, and the same principle applies with wood floors. If you drench the floor with water from a mop or don’t clean up spills, the water will damage the floor.
Trim Your Pet’s Nails
When I lived with my parents, I remember my cat slipping and sliding all over their hardwood floor running around the house. I could hear his claws scratching against the floor. If you don’t want scratch marks all over the floor, try to keep your pet’s nails trimmed or place rugs where they like to hang out or run around.
Vacuum Rather Than Sweep
While sweeping the floor on a regular basis should definitely be on your to do list for maintaining your hardwood floor, vacuuming the floor actually helps suck out dirt from the cracks better than sweeping. Also, if you have a vacuum attachment that can get into the corners or tight spaces, that can help dirt and grime from collecting in the crevices of your home.
Avoid Cleaners Not Designed for Hardwood Floors
Using cleaners like Windex, which is designed for glass or tile, can dull your floor or even cause it to discolor. Also these cleaners can sometimes leave a slick residue turning your hardwood floor into an ice skating rink. Make sure to purchase a cleaner designed specifically for wood floors.
Hardwood floors need a bit more attention than a laminate or tile floor, so make sure to care for them properly. You don’t want to spend a ton of money on a beautiful hardwood floor only to destroy it over time. Proper care and cleaning will ensure that you get the most out of your floor with minimal investment later.