If you want your hardwood floors to last, it’s essential that you take proper care of them. Beautiful hardwood floors elevate your home, as well as boost its resale value. Taking care of your floors now ensures they’re just as beautiful when it’s time to sell your home down the road. If you’re wondering how to properly maintain your floors to keep them in tip top shape, we’ve come up with 7 dos and don’ts of caring for your hardwood floors so they’re just as irresistible years from now.
1. Do use protectors. Your hardwood floors can take a beating if you don’t add felt protectors on the bottom of your furniture. They should be added to all furniture, but especially pieces that are moved around a lot such as kitchen chairs and stools. Without protectors, your hardwood floors can become scratched and scraped.
2. Don’t use a wet mop. You should never let water sit on hardwood floors for over one minute, and if you’re cleaning with a wet mop, this can be hard to do. Leaving sudsy water on your floors damages the finish and the wood. Instead use gentle cleaning tools such as a Swiffer. With that in mind, you also shouldn’t leave damp towels or rugs on the floor, as that can lead to permanent water damage.
3. Douse mats. Wherever there’s an entry point into your home, there should be a floor mat so dirt, grime and water land on the mat instead of the hardwood. Mats act as a barrier between your floor and anything your shoes being in from outside. A mat at the foot of the kitchen sink is also a good idea, as well as under pet food and water bowls.
4. Don’t use oil soaps, waxes or furniture polishes. Instead of cleaning your floors, these products will lead to build-up that holds dirt and grime. Using the wrong types of cleaners on your floors can also lead to damage, so make sure to only use cleaners approved for prefinished hardwood.
5. Do sweep and vacuum often. Regularly sweeping and vacuuming your floors ensures you’re removing any grit that may lead to floor damage. Rocks, dirt and debris that comes in from outside can lead to scratches and scrapes if it’s not regularly cleaned up.
6. Don’t use vinegar and water or ammonia-based products. Although they have a reputation of being popular household products, both these products break down the finish on your floors and cause damage to the wood. With continued use, they’ll eventually cause enough damage that your floors need to be refinished.
7. Do hang protective window coverings. Direct sunlight can cause discolouration to hardwood floors. Use protective window coverings such as curtains and blinds to block UV rays and protect your floors from excessive heat. Most wood will fade and age if exposed to direct sunlight for an extensive period of time. Consider regularly re-arranging furniture and rugs so the wood ages evenly.
Maintaining your hardwood floors is easy once you know the dos and don’ts. Follow these tips and you’ll have beautiful floors for years to come!