Top Tips to Take Care of Your Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floors look not only elegant but also add a marked sophistication to your house. But at the same time, it is very important that you know how to clean hardwood floors. This is quite a difficult task, as hardwood floors tend to get dirty easily. Even fine dirt like indoor plant soil can stain and mark the hardwood floor, if not cleaned up properly. It is true that taking good care of your hardwood floor is a bit tough, but if there is someone in your house who has allergies, then having hardwood floors is a much better choice. This is why it is important that you sweep and dust your floors on a regular basis. Also, don’t forget to clean it after an event, to make sure that there is no dirt or grit left behind. There are many houses that have hardwood flooring in South Africa and elsewhere. This article is a short guide on how you can take care of your hardwood floors. Read on:
In order to take care of your hardwood floor, you don’t really need to enforce a strict no-shoes policy. Instead, what you can do is avoid walking on hardwood floors with pointy high heels, as this can make dents on the surface. Your furniture can also scratch the wood. So in order to make sure that your wooden floor is safe from furniture, stick felt pads onto the bottoms of all the table and chair legs. To keep out sand and dirt, you can put doormats outside every entrance. By taking this precautionary measure you will be able to prevent particles on your shoes from damaging your floor.
Keep it cool
16 to 27° C is the ideal temperature for wooden floors, with a humidity level of 30 to 50 percent. Always try to keep in that range throughout the year. This will help you to reduce the chances of floor buckling and plank gapping, as these are caused by huge changes in moisture and heat. In order to affect the wood, the room temperature has to change and stay that way for a long period of time.
Keep dust away
The sheen of the floor is taken away by debris. In order to protect your wooden floors, you need to sweep or vacuum twice a week. You can also use a homemade solution or a micro fibre mop with a pH neutral cleaner once a week, so that all the stuck-on dirt is wiped clean. Products that claim to “rejuvenate”; “polish” or “shine” generally contain additives such as acrylic wax which tend to create a build-up.
· Make sure that you don’t use soap-based cleaners, vinegar, wax or steam cleaners and water on your hardwood floor. Water can make the finish of the floor dull over time; and wax or soap tends to leave a residue.
· In order to avoid permanent stains, don’t forget to wipe up all spills immediately.
· If you have any pet, always keep their nails trimmed.
A little care and pride in your hardwood floor is practically all it takes to make it last for years.