Is Hardwood Flooring Hard to Care for?

Is Hardwood Flooring Hard to Care for?

January 22, 2023

Many homeowners face a daunting task when renovating their homes, deciding between hardwood flooring or some other flooring materials and options. Fortunately, hardwood floorings convenience and versatility make it a top choice (and easy one) for many. Let’s discuss some top care tips for your hardwood flooring.  

Clean Spills Immediately

Liquid is possibly hardwood floorings greatest enemy when left to sit on the floor at any time. Moisture from spills can cause your wood floors to begin shrinking and swelling, as well as create dark stains and lead to wood damage. 

To clean liquid spills, it is recommended to use a dry or slightly damp cloth or mop. The use of a wet or steam mop would likely cause damage to the flooring. Excessive exposure to water and other liquids may also lead to mold growth which could destroy the top layer, weaken the entire structure, and be a potential health hazard for any house occupants. 

Sweep And Vacuum Regularly 

Daily sweeping of your floor is highly recommended as dust and dirt settle on your floorboards and in the grains of them. This creates a hygiene issue for you and your family, as well as contributes to your floor dulling over time. A soft bristled broom or a dry microfiber cloth is the best way to collect and clean dust away from your hardwood floors and surfaces without damaging or scratching them. 

Vacuuming is another great way to keep the level of dirt and dust on your floors at bay. Sweeping is useful but sometimes areas can be missed, or dust can become airborne again during the process. This is why it is recommended to vacuum once a week, as well as only use vacuums or vacuum attachments for hardwood floors specifically to avoid scratching or dulling the finish. 

Specialty Cleaning Tips 

Accidental spills and dust or dirt are not your hardwood floor’s only enemies. Chewing gum, candle wax, and other sticky and foreign substances can find their way to your floor, as well. 

When attempting to remove such substances, it is recommended to use ice to help harden the substance. Once it has hardened, you want to gently scrape it away with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Once the substance has been removed, simply wipe the floor area clean with a damp cloth. 

Commonly Asked Questions About Caring For Hardwood Flooring

At some point, every homeowner has questions about caring for their hardwood floors. Whether you’re wondering about preventing scratches, dealing with water damage, or simply maintaining the luster of your floors, we are here to help. In the section below are some of the most commonly asked questions to help you preserve the beauty and longevity of your flooring investment.

How can I prevent scratches on my hardwood floors?

Consider using felt pads or furniture coasters under furniture legs to reduce friction. Avoid dragging heavy items across the floor and opt for lifting instead. You may also want to place doormats at entry points to trap dirt and debris, preventing them from scratching the floor’s surface.

How can I reduce the effects of sunlight fading on my hardwood floors?

To help avoid fading, use curtains, blinds, or UV-filtering window films to block out direct sunlight during peak hours. Also, strategically placing area rugs or furniture can provide further protection by casting shadows and reducing exposure to sunlight. Regularly rotating rugs and furniture can also help ensure even fading across the floor’s surface. 

Are there steps I can take to protect my floors from water damage?

To protect your hardwood floors from water damage, wipe up spills right away, using a dry or slightly damp cloth. Avoid using excessive water when mopping and opt for a hardwood floor cleaner formulated for wood surfaces. Place mats or rugs in areas prone to moisture, such as near sinks and entryways, to absorb water and prevent it from seeping into the wood. Also, keep proper ventilation to minimize humidity levels that can contribute to water damage. 

Can I install hardwood flooring in high-moisture areas, like the bath or kitchen?

Yes, hardwood flooring can be installed in high-moisture areas, but it requires special considerations. Engineered hardwood, which is more moisture-resistant than solid hardwood, is often recommended for these spaces. Proper sealing and installation techniques are crucial to prevent water damage. Address any moisture issues in the subfloor before installation.

Are there products or tools I should avoid using on hardwood floors?

To keep your hardwood floors in top condition, it’s important to use gentle cleaning products specifically designed for wood surfaces. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive tools that can damage the finish and wood fibers. Opt for pH-neutral cleaners and soft microfiber mops to gently remove dirt and grime. Steer clear of excessive water and steam cleaners, as they can cause warping and swelling in the wood.

What should I do if my hardwood floors start to dull and lose their shine?

There are several steps you can take to restore their luster. Begin by thoroughly cleaning the floors to remove dirt, grime, or residue that may be causing the dull appearance. Next, consider applying a hardwood floor polish or wax to rejuvenate the finish and enhance the shine. For more severe cases of dullness, you may need to consider refinishing the floors to completely restore their beauty.

Contact Us For Your Next Project

Do you need your floor restored? Or maybe you just need it to be buffed, polished, and waxed? If yes, please contact us at Cavalier Builders for your home renovation or remodeling needs. We are a family-owned and operated contractor company and since 1999, we have supplied each of our clients with quality and professional work. So, don’t wait, contact us today, and let’s schedule your free in-home design consultation and estimate. We look forward to hearing from you.

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