Hints & Tips
4 Clever Ways To Protect Your Hardwood Flooring
When it comes to protecting your hardwood flooring it can be a hard task keeping them clean and stain free. We use our floors everyday and no matter how much you try and protect them they will get dirty or stained from time to time.
However by following these 4 simple steps you can help to keep them in tip top condition.
1) Cleaning Products:
Once you have figured out what type of floor and sealant you have, you need to get the right products. Many think you can use any cleaner. Do not do this! Chemicals can damage the sealant or stain right through to the wood flooring. It will not help to do a test in a hidden area. The damage might not be apparent right away. There are pH neutral hardwood floor cleaners out there, choose one that best suits your floor type and sealant needs.
2) Water Damage:
The second thing to be aware of is water. Any pools of water, even small ones, can damage hardwood flooring. If sweeping is not enough, damp mop the floor. The mop should be barely damp though. As little water as needed to get the job done. If you have a spill, clean it up with a soft, dry cloth immediately.
3) Rug Protection:
Another thing to do to hold down dirt is to place rugs in high-traffic areas. Not only will this reduce wear and tear, it will help keep dirt from spreading around the room. Be vigilant about shaking out or vacuuming those rugs however. If the dirt filters through under the rug, you’ll just make the scratching worse.
4) Dust and Dirt:
There are two things to watch out for on a daily basis. The first is dirt. Dust and dirt, even the very fine type, can scratch your floor. Traditional brooms can make the problem even worse, by dragging the particles across the floor. The solution is to either vacuum with a brush attachment or get a dust mop that will pick up the dirt rather than push it around. Make sure the wheels of the vacuum cleaner are not scratching the floor also! The best way to do this is to lightly clean the wheels before you begin.