Tips for taking care of your hardwood floors
Hardwood floors are created using an organic material, and they will last a lifetime if you care for them properly. For evidence of this, look at the beautifully maintained historic homes and monuments that still have their original floors. These have lasted for 100 years and longer.
1. Physical damage such as scratches and dents are preventable if you take some precautionary measures
- Use chair mats or protective cups to protect against hard caster wear and dents.
- Use protective felt pads on the legs of every piece of furniture that comes into contact with your hardwood floor.
- Leave high heels at the door, especially if the rubber tips are damaged.
- Use pads or straps to avoid rolling heavy furniture, boxes, or appliances over your hardwood floor.
- Trim your dog’s nails.
- Where you have area rugs, use a good quality area rug pad.
2. Water damage can be prevented by following these suggestions
- Use the hardwood flooring maintenance kit we provide to you after we install your floor.
- Don’t use a steam-type cleaning machine on your floor. It can break down your floor’s protective layer or create whitened areas, bubbles or blisters.
- Use a spray bottle to apply your floor maintenance products, rather than pouring a puddle.
- Use waterproof containers and felt pads under your potted plants.
- Clean up pet accidents right away.
3. Hardwood floor finishes have a chemical composition that create durability and resistance to damage, if they are not contaminated. Contamination can be avoided by taking the following steps
- Use only specialty hardwood flooring cleaning products.
- Avoid using wax, soap, silicon, polymer-based products, abrasives, or harsh chemicals.
- Prevent furniture polish “overspray”.
4. Because a traditional hardwood floor has a limited number of sandings that can be done over its lifetime (usually three to five), consider having your floor re-coated every three to five years.
- Re-coating will help prolong the life of your floor, and prevent your wood floor from showing traffic wear patterns and surface scratches.
- Re-coating is much more economical than a complete sanding and refinishing job.
- Re-coating takes only one day.
- Re-coating involves a thorough cleaning and reapplication of finish.
Following these guidelines will enable you to keep your beautiful hardwood floors looking their best and lasting for many years to come.