4 Effective maintenance tips for Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring is beautiful, but keeping them well-maintained is the secret to keeping them looking good for many years. Although some people are tempted to maintain their floors themselves, it is best to hire a team of professionals like Castle Floors to do the job for you.
They have all the skills and experience necessary for doing commercial floor restoration, sanding, as well as maintenance and repair work to floors made from hardwood.
Once you have had the experts get your floors in peak condition, there are a few easy but effective tips for keeping your floors looking as beautiful as the day they were installed, such as:
- Vacuum at least once a week – the reason for doing this, is because the fine grit in dust that settles on the floor is similar to sandpaper and will eventually wear through the wood floor’s finish. Vacuuming every week will get rid of this fine grit and protect your floor’s finish and maintain its appearance.
- Do use brush or felt attachment that runs across the floor.
- Don’t use an attachment with a beater bar or rotating brushes as these will scratch the finish.
- Be careful when using furniture polish or hairspray – both of these will cloud the finish on your floors, so they should be wiped up immediately with a moistened cloth. A non-ammonia window spray can be used for a better clean-up.
- Keep your floors free from water – water does not only ruin the finish on your floor, but it will also be absorbed into the wood and cause unpleasant stains.
- Do put trays under your potted plants and wipe up any water spillage immediately.
- Don’t leave your windows open when it’s raining.
- Use waxes and restorers carefully – wax surfaces can be rejuvenated with more wax, however:
- Do use an appropriate polish made for a polyurethane finish and an all-purpose floor restorer for other types of finishes. The restorer should be tested on an area of floor that is inconspicuous to make certain that it will not peel.
- Don’t use wax on surfaces that have a polyurethane, shellac, or varnish finish, since it will make the floor extremely slippery, as well as interfere with any ensuing finishes.