HARDWOOD FLOOR MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR ATLANTA HOMEOWNERS
Your Wood Floors Need Regular Attention
Adding hardwood floors to your house can increase your home-appeal and further the unique beauty in your home. Many people even opt for wood floors because they are easier to clean and maintain than carpet. However, there is still a lot of maintenance required to keep your hardwood floors looking fresh. As Atlanta’s favorite floor renewal service, we’ve compiled this list of maintenance tips to help you retain the quality of your hardwood floors. We’ve spent years figuring out what works and what doesn’t, so we hope you’ll take these simple measures to help you stay in love with your floors!
Wood Floor Maintenance Tips
Keep Your Floors Clean
When dust and bacteria settle on your floor they can increase the likelihood of scratching and wear them down quicker. Practicing a regular cleaning routine is the best way to ensure your hardwood floors stay pristine. Sweep them at least every other day, and if you use a vacuum make sure it has settings for hard surfaces and one with gentle bristles that won’t damage the flooring. Vacuuming and mopping should be done about once a week to keep the dust and dirt at bay.
Prevent Damage to Your Floors
Using rugs and mats in your entryways can be an effective way to eliminate dirt buildup and protect against scratches. Be sure to choose mats or rugs without an adhesive or abrasive bottom.
Don’t Use Water on Your Floors
It’s important that you never use water to clean your hardwood floors, since it can cause irreparable damage by deteriorating the wood. Most stores carry a special wood floor cleaner that can be sprayed and wiped away with a soft cloth. Know the finish of your floors (for example, polyurethane or wax) so you can choose the right cleaner.
Maintain Polyurethane Finishes
Floors with a polyurethane finish will need special attention. Depending on the amount of foot traffic, these floors should be inspected and re-coated every 3-5 years. Check out our resurfacing service for more information on how we can help!
Avoid Stains at All Costs
The biggest enemy of any hardwood floor is a stain. These are hard to prevent, but do all you can to keep tough substances from being spilled on your floors. In the event of a stain, try using rubbing alcohol and steel wool to remove it quickly and efficiently. However, this will leave a mark on the wood and damage the stain, so you’ll need to polish your floors in that spot.
Use Area Rugs
Cover high traffic areas with large rugs. Not only will this prevent damage to your hardwood floors, but these rugs can add a nice touch to the style of your room.
Refinish or Resurface Your Wood Floor
Eventually, you’re going to have to restore the old flooring. When that time comes for you, we hope that you’ll consider contacting us for any of your hardwood floor needs!
We hope these tips are useful! For all of your hardwood floor restoration needs, contact Fabulous Floors!