Regular Maintenance With today’s advances in wood floor finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom/pad or vacuum with a soft floor attachment to collect debris. You also should clean your floors regularly with a professional wood floor cleaning product. See Bona Cleaners.
Preventive Maintenance There are other steps you can take to minimize maintenance and maintain the beauty of your wood floors as well.
Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
Do not wax a modern wood floor.
Put soft wool-faced glides (such as SafeGlides) under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 2,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring.
Although many homeowners have pets, hardwood flooring is not designed for the abuse a dog or cat can cause on a floor. Urine may permanently discolor the finish of the wood floor and large dogs' claws will probably leave scratches in the finish. The type of wood floor you buy, the color and the finish will also be a factor in how much punishment the floor's finish can withstand before showing scratches and excessive wear. Keep you pets’ claws trimmed regularly.
Place an area rug in front of kitchen sinks.
Use a humidifier throughout winter months to keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.
Consistent DIRECT sunlight will fade fabrics and flooring over time.
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