Hardwood floors are a long-lasting and high quality investment for your property. They will almost always increase the value of your home, providing a timeless and classic look to any space. While more enduring than many flooring types, hardwood floors do require specific cleaning methods in order to preserve their texture and shine for years to come. At Carpet in Motion we want to be your trusted experts in flooring selection, installment and maintenance in the Denver area. If you already have hardwood floors or are considering them for your home in the future, here are a few essential tips from out experts for keeping your floors clean and preserving their lifespan.
You may already do this as part of your normal cleaning routine, but its worthy or repeating. Dirt and grit left on your floor acts just like sandpaper when ground underfoot and will lead to scratching and damage to the finish. Vacuum at least once a week using a brush or felt surface to remove these particulates. Avoid using rotating brushes or beater bars, as they can damage your finish.
Use Area Rugs
Walking across a stretch of your hardwood floor multiple times every day will eventually wear down the finish, resulting in an uneven appearance. It’s a good idea to cover high-traffic hallways and spaces with area rugs to protect them.
Beware of Chemicals
Some common household products such as hairspray, furniture polish and nail polish remover can cloud or erode your floor’s surface. If you spill some, be sure to wipe it up with a damp cloth immediately.
Invest in a Good Doormat
Doormats both inside and outside of your home are one of the best investments you can make toward preserving the life of your hardwood floors. While regular vacuuming and spot cleaning are important, keeping dirt from accumulating in the first place is even better. A long and textured “walk-off” doormat by your front door can help eliminate dirt, rocks, and moisture from shoes before you or your guest reaches your hardwood floors.
Be Careful With Water
Water is infamous for ruining floor polish, but can also penetrate deep into floorboards permanently staining and warping them. Opt for using a vacuum, swifer or other dry cleaning method whenever possible over mopping. Also, be diligent about closing windows if you’re expecting rain, placing trays under potted plants and wiping up any spilled liquid you see as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about maintaining your hardwood floors, Carpet in Motion is here to help! Call us today at 303-835-9118!