A great benefit of hardwood floors is they are fairly easy to maintain. Depending on the type and brand of hardwood flooring you get, you may never have to refinish them. With the latest hardwood flooring technologies out there, you now have the ability to spot repair your floors without having to sand down and refinish the entire thing.
Spills, muddy footprints and other common household messes are a much easier to clean up than with other flooring options such as carpet. A damp mop with a mild cleaner is all you really need.
How To Clean Hardwood Floors
You should always follow manufacturers guidelines, but most hardwood flooring surfaces have pretty much the same care needs. One huge rule of thumb to remember is water is the enemy to hardwood floors.
Wipe up spills quickly and never let water sit on the floor’s surface. Use a hardwood floor cleaner. This is typically just a mild detergent. Specific brands will sell cleaners designed for their floors. You should vacuum, dust or sweep about once a week to keep dirt and grime off your hardwood floors.
Hardwood Flooring Maintenance
Use doormats either inside or outside to help trap moisture and dirt. Rugs are great in front of sinks to catch water and also in high traffic areas to prevent scuffing. Also, place leg protector pads under all furniture to keep it from scratching your floor’s surface. If you have pets, you want to make sure their nails are trimmed regularly as they can cause damage to your flooring’s finish.
Constant direct sunlight can cause fading to floors over time. A good way to prevent this is to place area rugs in places that get a lot of sun during the day. You may also want to re-arrange your room’s furniture and rugs every-so-often so the floors will fade evenly over time.
Some important things you must avoid:
- Harsh cleaners such as ammonia, acrylic finishes, bleach, abrasive cleaning soaps etc. (Stick to mild detergents or manufacturer recommended cleaners)
- Liquids sitting on your hardwood floors for any length of time
- Wearing shoes with any hard edges like heal taps or athletic spikes
- Using rubber, foam back or plastic doormats. They trap moisture and leave discolorations
- Vacuums with hard heads or beater bars