Keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful:
Spring is in the air, and for many of us that means we start thinking about doing some good old fashioned spring cleaning. With the weather warming up, and spring holidays right around the corner, we want to offer some guidelines for getting those hardwood floors clean and shiny, and avoiding hardwood floor repairs.
The most important thing you can do for your floors is something you need to do throughout the year, not just in the spring. Vacuum your floors regularly. It’s crucial that you keep the dust and dirt off the floor because it acts just like sandpaper and will slowly wear through your floor’s finish. Make sure you don’t use a beater bar or rotating brush on your hardwood. A dust mop or one of the new microfiber sweepers will work just as well.
In the Pacific Northwest spring means rain. It’s so important to keep water away from your hardwood floors. It not only ruins your finish, but can penetrate into the wood and stain it. So try to wipe up any water as soon as possible.
To prevent dirt and rain from getting on your floors in the first place, try using long runner mats by your outside doors. When people come in from outside, they will walk off the dirt and water even if they don’t stop to wipe their shoes.
Use some attractive throw rugs in high traffic areas of your hardwood to protect the finish. Make sure your mats don’t have a rubber backing, because that will trap moisture on the floor surface, causing problems for your finish.