Hardwood is the best treatment you can give to your floors, for they transform the look of the entire house. A house with hardwood flooring has a rich, warm look, lending it a traditional essence no other kind of flooring can bring. It also helps increase the value of your home, and makes it a forerunner in the real estate market when you put your house up for sale. In fact it is the ONLY kind of flooring that contributes to the resale value of your home.
Hardwoods have a natural beauty that easily brings a unique elegance to the entire look of the house. It is also best for people who have allergies. Due to its natural fibres, hardwood does not cause irritation to the human respiratory system.
But what about its maintenance?
Once installed hardwood will last for many years, and hence it is important to take care of the floors. Maintenance is easy and it doesn’t take much hard work to keep them looking shiny and new. Here are a few tips to care for your hardwood floors.
Avoid the usual cleaning stuff
Hardwood can remain looking new for long, if cared for properly. While maintenance requires a simple cleaning routine, just once a week, it is important to use the right tools. Using the regular cleaning products is a big NO.
Your hardwood installer would be able to supply you specific cleaning products for your newly installed floors. Use them.
Say NO to water and ammonia
If there is dirt or grease on the floor, people tend to clean it with wet mop. This is fatal for the health of natural hardwood. Wood tends to expand and contract when it comes in contact with humidity, and using a wet mop will cause further damage to the area.
Use a damp cloth instead to wipe away dirt gently.
Use rugs with caution
A throw rug looks lovely casually strewn on the floor. But looks can be deceptive. The colour on throw rugs may run, ruining the colour of your hardwood floor. Sometimes humidity plays spoilsport and the colour on your rug will run, spoiling the colour of your floor.
Remove the rug occasionally to make sure your floor isn’t spoilt.
Felt contacts for furniture legs
Dragging furniture on your floor will leave ugly marks on it and also permanently damage the wood. Your local hardware store has supplies of felt contacts for furniture legs.
Use them to protect your floors.
Don’t sweep. Vacuum
Brooms will leave scratch marks on your wood floor, and only special brooms made especially for wood floors are perfect for sweeping them.
If you are using vacuum, use the bare floor attachment.
To mop, use microfiber
Be kind to your hardwood and use a special kind of mop- the microfiber cloth. Always use a clean microfiber cloth so no residue dirt is left on the surface that you are using to scrub the floor.
To protect your floors from discoloring
Invest in curtains to soften the harsh rays of the sun. Wood exposed to the ultraviolet rays for a long period of time can get discolored.
No claws or stilettos
Wood is soft by nature and can get damaged by pet claws and even stiletto heels. Try not to walk around wearing heels on the wood, and keep pet claws trimmed.
The scratch can prove to be costly and emotionally disturbing.
It doesn’t take too much hard work to keep wood floors well maintained. Only a little awareness and following certain care instructions will make your hardwood floors the object of envy among your friends.
Tip: Remember to clean under furniture and furniture legs. These are the places most often ignored.