Hardwood floors are arguably the most popular residential flooring option today for a variety of reasons. Perhaps most notably, they look great and can boost a home’s resale value. Additionally, they’re fairly easy to maintain and, when they’re maintained properly, can last for several generations. However, many consumers are unaware of how to properly care for their hardwood floors. In this piece, the expert team here at Floor Coverings International Seminole will cover the best ways to care for your floors throughout the years, from preventative maintenance to routine maintenance and more. Here’s a look:
The best way to prevent damage to your hardwood floors is to minimize the potential for any damage in the first place. There are a number of ways you can minimize this risk:
- No shoes: Have members of your household and guests remove their shoes upon entering the home. This helps minimize dirt and debris buildup on the floor.
- Put down entry mats: If you don’t want to have a “no shoes” policy, place mats around entry points of the home. These mats help capture dirt and debris, thereby preventing it from spreading on the floor.
- Control humidity: Natural hardwood is subject to gapping and buckling when the temperature changes. In order to prevent this from occurring, it’s recommended that you keep the temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, with 30 to 50 percent humidity.
- Adopt best practices: Clean up spills and stains right away before they can cause damage.
After preventative maintenance comes more of the day-to-day maintenance necessary to keep your hardwood floors looking great. The day-to-day maintenance is relatively simple and usually only takes a few minutes. Here’s a look at what you’ll want to do:
- Sweep/dust mop: This should be performed daily to remove buildup off the floor.
- Vacuum: Buy a vacuum that doesn’t have roller brushes or wheels (these can cause damage while you’re trying to clean!) and go over your hardwood floors at least once a week.
- Wood cleaner: Though this one is optional, it’s suggested that you go over your hardwood with the manufacturer-recommended wood floor cleaner at least once a month to help give it a more thorough cleaning and keep it looking good.
Just as it’s suggested that you get your carpets professionally deep cleaned once every 18 months or so, hardwood floors also require more occasional professional maintenance. That’s because over time, scratches are likely to appear on the floor. The sun may also cause it’s finish to fade. Noting these, there are a few more intensive services that will likely be necessary:
- Re-polishing and re-sealing: This typically consists of applying a new finish coating to the surface of the floor. While you can perform this yourself, it’s often best to hire a professional. The need may change based on the type of wood you have in your home, so talk to us about specific styles to learn more.
- Refinishing: Wood floor refinishing involves a sanding and finishing. Sanding the floor works out any scratches or stains. Combined with the new finish, the floor looks just as good as new. This service is typically only necessary every 10 years or so, unless your wood floor is heavily trafficked.
Hardwood flooring is a great investment to make for your home, but it’s important to take care of it to protect its value. Learn about popular hardwood options and more maintenance tips from the team here at Floor Coverings International Seminole. Call us today to schedule a free in-home design consultation and estimate!