If you are in the market for hardwood floors, you need to take into consideration floor maintenance when selecting your flooring products. Even though flooring can significantly increase the value and appeal of your home they do require regular upkeep. With the right selection choices and care, your floors can become a beautiful investment decision. Here are some ways you can protect your floors so they can withstand the damage and abuse that comes from normal wear and tear.
Moisture damage does not just occur from spills, leaks and standing water. Moisture damage can also occur from humidity and climate changes within your home, especially during the winter and summer months. To protect your floors from moisture damage, keep a careful eye on the amount of humidity in your home’s air at all times. Keep humidity levels consistent throughout the year to prevent undesirable changes to your wood floors.
It is not uncommon for hardwood flooring to show signs of wear and tear after a certain amount of time. While you should always keep an eye on your floors to keep track of any changes that may occur, you should also be prepared to take care of any scratches, nicks and cracks that may appear. If your home has considerable traffic, you might want to consider using a wood with more texture, or one that can be spot repaired with ease.
Dirt and stains can occur at any time. Hardwood floors should be swept or vacuumed daily to keep dirt and debris from getting ingrained in the wood. Use a ph neutral wood cleaning solution to keep dirt stains away and keep your floors looking shiny.
Good floor cleaning tools to use include:
- Microfiber, cloths, and mops.
- PH-neutral, nontoxic, and biodegradable cleaning solutions.
Invest in rugs and mats to further protect your floors from daily damage. Keep your pets nails trimmed and avoid walking around your home in outdoor shoes. Lift furniture instead of pushing to preserve your floors. Use protection pads to protect your floors from indentations and scratches from your furniture.
Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and care instructions when it comes to your floors. Depending on the brand and type of flooring you choose, there may be additional care instruction for you to follow to help you to further protect the quality, appearance and condition of your floors.
Remember, you don’t have to a specialist to keep your floors in pristine condition. You just need to be willing to purchase quality flooring products from the start and be proactive about keeping your floors properly maintained.
For more information on how to keep your floors properly maintained, give us a call at 1-800- 891- 2623 today. Or visit South Cypress online to browse through our selection of quality flooring products and accessories.