Hardwood floors are expensive to purchase and install, and therefore must be handled with care. However, many homeowners unknowingly do things that ruin them, which is a shame given how stylish they can make your interior. Below are some things to watch out for:
At some point you’ve probably heard that it’s a good idea to clean hardwood floors with water and vinegar. The problem with doing this is that water and vinegar will gradually ruin the floor over time, removing its shine while causing it to become dull. Wax and soap should not be used because of the residue they will leave behind. While some owners choose to use steam cleaners, the heat and moisture they create will cause cupping. Hardwood floors should be dusted with a microfiber pad that is machine washable.
A failure to place a welcome mat in the high traffic areas of your home such as the entrance will erode your hardwood floor. When someone walks into your home from the street, and there is no welcome mat in the door way, it is the same as them having sandpaper beneath their shoes. The purpose of a welcome mat is to get rid of the stone, grit, grime and dirt beneath the shoes before they come into contact with the floor. Another solution, which is a part of Japanese tradition, is to remove your shoes completely before entering the home.
Hardwood floors come in hundreds of different finishes, and these different finishes will require different types of cleaner. Using the wrong cleaner can severely damage it. This is why it is important to find out what cleaner is required for your floor, and use it exclusively while cleaning. General products to avoid include cleaners which have lots of heavy chemicals.
Homeowners with pets who are planning to buy and install hardwood floors must realize that over time, the nails and claws of their pets can scratch the floors, which will make it unsightly and tedious to fix. The best way to prevent this from happening is to ensure that the nails of your cat and dog are regularly trimmed, and if you don’t have time to do it yourself, hire a pet groomer who can.
For those who own hardwood floors, furniture pads are one of the best investments they can own. The reason for this is because when you sit down on furniture that does not have a pad or rug beneath, it will slide around. Over time this will cause wear on the floor beneath the furniture. Furniture pads are designed to prevent this from happening by locking the furniture into place so it doesn’t slide around.
Homeowners get busy and months and years can go by before they notice a problem. This is why it is important to take preventative measures to ensure that the hardwood floors you’ve invested time and money into aren’t damaged by any of these things. Try our hardwood floor cleaning services if you have to keep it in a great condition!