Hardwood Protective Care and Maintenance
Following a protective care and maintenance protocol will go a long way in preserving the beauty and longevity of your hardwood floors. Use entry and doormats to avoid tracking dirt and debris that could scratch or scuff the hardwood, remove all outdoor shoes before walking across the floor, and use floor protectors under heavy furniture to avoid indentations or scratches.
Other preventative measures include:
- Keeping your pet’s nails trimmed
- Avoiding walking on the floor in high heels
- Using a humidifier during the dry season
- Using a dehumidifier during inclement weather
An area rug is also a great way to protect sections of your hardwood that are exposed to heavier foot traffic.
More Hardwood Cleaning Tips
Below are some other cleaning and maintenance tips. When in doubt, check in with your hardwood manufacturer’s guidelines!
- Spills and messes happen, so it’s important to know how to clean them up without damaging your floor. While most spills can easily be wiped away, it is important to wipe them up quickly, as hardwood is not water-resistant. For other, more challenging stains such as wax residue or nail polish, consult with your hardwood manufacturer’s guidelines before attempting to clean it.
- Everyday care and maintenance could include sweeping, vacuuming or dry-mopping your hardwood flooring. Make sure to check with your manufacturer’s care and maintenance guide, in addition to their list of approved vacuum cleaners, before using them on your floor.
- For deeper cleaning, use a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution and follow their guidelines.
- For an even deeper clean, such as for a spring cleaning, you may opt to hire a local professional floor cleaning company. For recommendations, speak with any the experts here at Leicester Flooring!