The Biggest Do’s and Don’ts of Wood Flooring Maintenance
Use these tips to ensure you are giving your wood floor the very best care.
Whether you are looking to buy wood flooring or already enjoy wood flooring products in your home or business, it is important to know how to care for your floor. Floor Coverings International offers the highest-quality wood flooring products that are guaranteed to last; but to get the most life out of your residential or commercial wood flooring, you’ll want to apply these techniques and tips. Once you know the do’s and don’ts, you’ll know exactly how to keep your wood floor in top shape.
Preventative Maintenance for Wood Flooring
One of the best ways to maintain your wood flooring is to be proactive. Applying a few simple preventative maintenance tips will go a long way in extending the life of your wood floor. Tips for preventative maintenance include:
- Using throw rugs or mats
Debris brought in from outside can not only dirty your floor temporarily but also cause longer-lasting damage in the form scratches. To help prevent this, Better Homes & Gardens recommends using throw rugs or mats inside and outside of doorways to stop debris from being tracked inside. It is also recommended to use rugs in kitchen areas, particularly in front of sinks.
- Wiping up spills
If you notice a spill on your wood floor, don’t hesitate. Be sure to wipe up any liquid or food spills as soon as possible to prevent longer-term issues. It is best to use a damp cloth or towel when doing this.
- Buying furniture protectors
Scratching doesn’t only come from dirt; it can also come from the legs of furniture.To prevent this type of scratching and scuffing, the National Wood Flooring Association recommends applying stick-on felt protectors to the legs of furniture.
- Using a humidifier
Wood flooring products can move and shrink in cold conditions, particularly during winter. To minimize this, it is recommended to use a humidifier in the winter months to prevent the wood from drying out too much.
The Do’s of Wood Flooring Maintenance
Regular cleaning and maintenance a wood floor is a simple, straightforward process. When it comes time to care for your wood floor, do:
- Use a broom, dust mop, or floor-brush attachment on your vacuum
- Use a diluted wood flooring cleaner with a mop for deeper cleaning
- Use fine steel wool to rub in floor wax to remove scratches and marks
- Apply a maintenance coat every 3-5 years
- Order a sanding and refinishing job every few decades
By applying these best practices, your wood flooring will last for years without losing its beauty.
The Don’ts of Wood Flooring Maintenance
Knowing what not to do when it comes to your residential or commercial wood flooring is just as important as knowing the best practices. After you buy wood flooring, don’t:
- Use a vacuum that has a beater bar attachment
- Apply floor cleaning products meant for tile or vinyl
- Use a steam mop or wet mop
- Over-apply wax, especially in light traffic areas
- Walk around in worn-out sports cleats or high heels
- Slide heavy furniture
Using any of these practices can cause unintentional damage to your wood floor. It is best to make sure you and everyone else who comes in contact with your wood floor knows what to avoid to prevent unnecessary damage.
By knowing the do’s and don’ts, you can make sure your wood floor stays clean and beautiful. For more information about wood flooring options, or to schedule a consultation, please call us today!
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