How to Maintain Hardwood Floors
Your brand new hardwood floor installed by the qualified professionals at Flooring & Kitchen Designs of Littleton can last you for the longest time. With proper care, your hardwood flooring will look brand new for decades to come.
The best practice to prevent scratches and surface damage is daily dusting your hardwood flooring with a microfiber cloth. Sweeping with microfiber is more effective than it seems, as it uses static electricity to trap tiny particles of dirt and other household allergens.
Weekly maintenance is needed to reach areas that can’t be accessed with a daily dusting. It is recommended to use a vacuum and a wet mop to get dirt from corners and other trouble areas. Make sure the mop is damp by removing excess water, as it can be damaging to the delicate surface of your hardwood floor. A slight mist of a gentle spray will be enough to give the floor a great clean.
Monthly polishing renews and refreshes the protective finish of the hardwood flooring. The polishing substance fills in the microscopic scratches on the surface. On a yearly basis, arrange a deep clean for the hardwood floor, or consider refinishing every 3-5 years.
Overall, cut down on using water and vinegar, soap-based cleaners, wax or steam cleaners to polish the hardwood flooring. A common DIY mixture of water and vinegar actually dulls the floor’s finish over time, while soap and wax leave residue. Steam cleaners put heat and excessive water on your floor, which puts your flooring at risk of cupping and long-term damage. The regularity of dusting is the main secret to keeping hardwood flooring looking brand new. Use protective mats or rugs to prolong your floor’s life.