You’ve moved into your home and are in love with your hardwood floors. Keep your floors looking beautiful for years to come with the following care tips.
This is one easiest and most underestimated steps in the process. Dusting often, daily if possible, will keep dirt off the floor which will prevent scratching and essentially extend the beauty and life of your floor. Use a microfiber material, it will attract more dust and allergens by reaching into the floor pores to lift dirt more effectively.
Keep it clean
There’s a right way to clean floors, and there’s a wrong way. “Too much liquid can damage floors, while the wrong formula may not work” says Brent Cox, Dave Dusendang Custom Homes Project Manager. “Look for pH-neutral, nontoxic and biodegradable formula to clean effectively and keep your home and environment safe.” A high PH cleaner (more alkaline like soaps and harsh detergents) are really good at dissolving grease and dirt, but this higher PH will, in time, dull the floor finish. Use a washable microfiber pad, which will remove bacteria and keep waste out of landfills. Avoid string mops that put excessive amounts of water on the floor, which can be damaging, and push dirt around, instead of picking up and removing dirt. Steam cleaners put heat and excessive water on your floor, which can lead to cupping and long-term damage.
Make it shine
Use water-based polishes to restore luster and shine every two to three months. These polishes won’t leave a residue or emit harmful toxins, plus they’ll prevent over cleaning and stripping of your floor. Durable, urethane-based polishes have fast dry times, no waxy buildup and a protective wear layer to fill in micro scratches and even out the appearance of the floor.
Protect it all
You will want to protect the floor by using felt floor protectors under your furniture. You may want to lay area rugs using a natural, rubber rug underlayment with a waffle pattern in the entry ways or high-traffic areas. Keeping the pets nails trimmed will also help protect your floors. To prevent permanent stains, wipe up all spills as quickly as possible.
“We are happy to help if any of our home owners have any questions all you have to do is call us,” says Brent.