Hardwood Maintenance

Keep your hardwood floor looking as good as new!

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors are a great investment to your home. By a landslide, they have the best return of investment. Also, they bring an elegance and natural beauty to a home that other flooring options can’t replicate. To keep this style and luxury lasting as long as possible, it’s important to maintain your hardwood floors. This may sound daunting, but it’s actually no hassle at all!

There are simple tasks you can do to retain your floor’s gorgeous look. To keep your hardwood floors in top shape, be sure to sweep every day. Sweeping removes dust and dirt from the surface, which can help prevent the dust and dirt from causing scratches. Along with sweeping, dry mopping with a treatment specialized by your flooring manufacturer can also be a great way to keep the surface clean after a routine sweep.

Once a week, it is ideal to vacuum and mop your hardwood floors because vacuums and mops can clean up what day sweeping can’t. It’s important to be aware of what type of vacuum and mop you are using. If your vacuum is built with a beater bar, be cautious that the bar doesn’t hit the floor. Make sure the wheels on the vacuum don’t damage your floor, too. Avoid using water and vinegar, soap-based cleaners and wax or steam cleaners when mopping.

Vinegar and water can gradually dull the floor’s finish while soap and wax cleaners can leave behind a film or residue. Cupping and long-term damage can be caused by the heat and excessive water from steam cleaners. Protective mats are also a great way to maintain your hardwood floors. Natural rubber rug underlayments with a waffle pattern are ideal for entryways or areas with high foot traffic. Felt floor protectors on furniture are also recommended.

Every month, polish your floors. Floor polish renews your floor’s finish by filling in microscopic scratches and evening out your floor’s protective surface. If your floor has any major scratches and is exceedingly dull, it may be time to refinish. Most people are advised to do this every three to five years. Click here to learn more about hardwood refinishing.

Here are some tips that will help you maintain your hardwood floor:

  • Avoid walking on the floor with dirty and/or wet shoes
  • Avoid having liquids (such as drinks) near your floor
  • Avoid dragging furniture across the floor’s surface
  • Choose a window treatment to avoid direct sunlight
  • High-traffic areas may need more maintenance while less-frequented floors can go a bit longer between more intense cleanings

 

To learn more about hardwood maintenance, be sure to visit us at our 9901 Broadway Suite 109, San Antonio, TX, 78217 location or call (210) 904-0670.