Having hardwood floors in your home adds incredible value and looks uniquely beautiful. However, there is a lot of maintenance required to keep your hardwood floors looking their best. We’ve compiled this list of maintenance tips to help you maintain the quality of your hardwood floors in Pittsburgh. We have your best interests at heart and hope these simple measures will help you stay in love with your hardwood floors!
Keep Your Floors Clean
Dust and bacteria settled on your floors wears them down and increases the likelihood of scratching. Keep floors clean with a light sweep at least every other day. If using a vacuum on your hardwood floors, be sure to choose a vacuum with hard floor settings and a soft brush. Vacuuming and mopping should be done about once a week to keep the dust and dirt at bay.
Prevent Damage to Your Floors
It’s wise to invest in mats or rugs that can be placed at entryways of your home. This is a simple way to collect dirt from people’s shoes. Choose rugs without an adhesive or abrasive bottom.
Don’t Use Water on Your Floors
Never use water to clean your hardwood floors. Water can deteriorate the wood. Most stores carry a special wood floor cleaner that can be sprayed and wiped away with a soft cloth. Know the finish of your floors (for example, polyurethane or wax) so you can choose the right cleaner.
Maintain Polyurethane Finishes
Floors with a polyurethane finish will need special attention. Depending on the amount of foot traffic, these floors should be inspected and re-coated every 3-5 years.
Avoid Stains at All Costs
Stains are the biggest enemy to your hardwood floors. This is hard to prevent, but do all you can to keep tough substances from being spilled on your floors. When stains do happen, rubbing alcohol and steel wool should do the trick. However, this will leave a mark on the wood and damage to the stain. You’ll need to polish your floors in that spot.
Use Area Rugs
Cover high traffic areas with large rugs. Not only will this prevent damage to your hardwood floors, but these rugs can add a lot to the style of your room.
We hope these tips are helpful! For all of your hardwood flooring needs, contact Fabulous Floors Pittsburgh!