Hardwood Flooring Maintenance Tips
A big part in owning hardwood floors in Flower Mound, TX is protecting your investment. You probably spent a considerable amount on the hardwood flooring itself, but likely also on installation. Every manufacturer will advise on the expected lifetime of a hardwood product, but, in all honesty, homeowners have a lot of say in how long a hardwood floor lasts. To protect and elongate your floor’s life, adhere to the following hardwood flooring maintenance tips.
First, it is important to be aware of the threats to hardwood flooring.
You’ll find the majority of hardwood flooring maintenance tips to be centered around moisture prevention. Moisture is harmful to hardwood. If water or another liquid substance seeps through the seams and down to the core, cupping and/or crowning can result. Planks could curl at the edges or even expand in the center.
Hardwood technology has certainly enhanced over the years and it’s safe to say the floor type is generally more stable against moisture than ever before. Yet, moisture remains a threat, and you definitely do not want to take your advanced hardwood floor for granted.
Scratching is the other threat. Some hardwood types will cover up scratches better than others; regardless, measures should be taken to avoid scratching. We will explain those as well…
Place rugs in areas that typically experience high traffic
The more foot traffic a hardwood floor experiences, the more it will wear down—simple logic. Therefore, it’s wise to protect areas of high traffic. You can make use of area rugs for protection. Area rugs are ideal for larger spaces like living rooms. You should also consider placing a throw down mat in front of your kitchen sink (if hardwood flooring is in your kitchen). Basically, any areas where you or other people constantly stand and walk can be protected by rugs.
Clean up any spills ASAP
Again, you don’t want moisture to reach the core of a hardwood plank. So, don’t leave any spills to stand. Something as basic and innocent as spilling a glass of water should not lead to a damaged hardwood floor.
Do not slide furniture
In the scratching category, be sure to pickup and put down furniture when moving it. Sliding furniture can and will scratch the floor. Sure, scratches beneath your couch will not be all that noticeable, but what if you rearrange the room someday? Suddenly, those hidden scratches will become visible.
Place pads beneath all furniture legs
To limit scratching caused by furniture, place protective pads beneath all furniture legs. This includes couches, chairs, tables and TV stands.
Use a sealant
Sealing hardwood floors is highly recommended. A sealant will protect against moisture and scratching. It will be an added cost post-installation; however, the cost will be well worth it in preventing wear and tear 2-3 years at a time.
Use rugs outside of all doorways
Try your best to keep dirt, grass and mud outside. Have visitors wipe their shoes on a door mat before they trek into your Flower Mound home. Another thought is to ask people to remove their shoes at the front door, but that is entirely up to you whether or not you want to enforce such a rule.
Try your best to sweep daily
Sweeping daily is always among the valid hardwood flooring maintenance tips. The habit will keep your floors clean and help you avoid lengthier cleaning in the future. Everyday might be a bit of a stretch, but sweeping a few times a week is a good habit to get into.
Vacuum/Mop once a week
Vacuuming and mopping will keep your hardwood floors free from dust and other debris. Be sure your vacuum is set to the proper hardwood setting—often times, the bristles can cause scratching. In addition, be careful when mopping. You just want to monitor the amount of water that hits the surface of your floor. Wet-mopping is risky.
Consider polishing every month
Polishing your hardwood floors is a very effective cleaning action to take. Polish cleans the wood in its entirety, not just the surface.
Don’t forget to sand & refinish every handful of years
Perhaps the greatest benefit to installing hardwood floors is the fact that it can be sanded and refinished. You’ll practically have a new floor each time you it undergoes a refinish. Essentially, the top layer is staved off, creating a new top layer, free of scratches.
Use manufacturer specific cleaners
Certain cleaners can be harmful to hardwood. To be safe, use cleaners that are recommended by the hardwood manufacturer or by hardwood flooring experts.
Do not steam clean
Just as water threatens hardwood, so does vapor/steam. Steam cleaning is risky because the steam covers the entire floor and the steam is left to soak into the floor. Overexposure will most certainly cause damage over time.
Flooring Source of Texas
We hope these hardwood flooring maintenance tips extend the life of your hardwood floor. None of them require a ton of effort; you just have to be disciplined and enter into a cleaning routine. If you have any questions about hardwood flooring, or if you are considering getting a hardwood floor, give Flooring Source of Texas a call. Please visit our website—https://flooringsourcetx.com—to learn about our services and visit our blog for additional flooring and remodeling tips.