A daunting task that many homeowners face when renovating their homes is the decision between hardwood flooring or some other flooring materials and options. Fortunately, hardwood flooring 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 for any period of 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 which will help to 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.
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, then 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.