Hardwood floors are a beautiful feature to enhance a home or office. Bringing outdoor elements inside adds warmth and depth to any environment. Hardwoods are extremely durable and with the proper care can last decades.
Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your floors get the attention they need to last a lifetime.
Once a week remove dust, dirt, and grime by using a dust mop or a vacuum that does not have a beater bar. A beater bar could scratch and damage your floors.
Your floors will require periodic deep cleaning to remove built-up dirt that dusting can’t remove. You can use a commercial liquid cleaner, but make sure you follow the product directions. Or you can make your own cleaning solution by using one part vinegar to 10 parts warm water.
Next, emerge a sponge mop into whatever cleaning solution you chose. Then wring it out thoroughly so the mop is damp and not dripping. Begin mopping the floor being careful not to get the floor extremely wet. Rinse the mop with clean water, wring out excess, and damp mop the floor to remove the cleaner. Wipe up excess water with a clean, dry towel because standing water will damage the floor.
Now that your floors are clean and shiny take steps to keep them looking this way. Add outside mats to exterior door entrances and also doormats just inside doorways. This step will prevent dirt and grime from entering your home or workplace. Using decorative rugs in high traffic areas is another key for floor protection. Lastly placing rubber floor protector disks under furniture will help prevent your furniture from scratching your floors.
Cleaning properly and using these few simple preventive steps should ensure that you will be enjoying your beautiful hardwood floors for years to come.