You just had a beautiful hardwood floor installed and it looks great. However, your investment does not stop with the decision to purchase new hardwood floors. In order to retain the value, your hardwood floors must be properly cared for and maintained. Here are a few tips to keep your hardwood flooring looking as good as new.
1. Do not use Murphy’s Oil Soap. Murphy’s works great on wooden furniture, but don’t make the mistake of using it on your hardwood floors. You won’t notice anything wrong after applying it once, but if used consistently, residue will build up and leave your floor with a dull appearance.
2. Do not use a Wet Swiffer. A Dry Microfiber mop is great for collecting dust, dirt, and pet hair from your floors, and it is also less abrasive than a vacuum cleaner. If you need to use a wet mop to remove dirt use a high quality microfiber mop slightly dampened with clean water. A Wet Swiffer can cause major long-term damage. The chemicals in the cleaning solution can break down the urethane finish on your floor and leave it dull, faded, and lifeless. The damp microfiber will clean effectively and leave no residue and is much more eco-friendly as you are not using chemicals or throwing anything away. See our new line of 99.9% germ free microfiber mop line www.flexifelt.com/c-18-flexi-felt-clear.aspx.
3. Place area rugs anywhere that might collect water. Prime areas are in front of the refrigerator, by the dishwasher, and near any sinks. Make sure that the floor is protected in any spot that is susceptible to minor leaks and water collection. The rugs should be made of absorbent material such as cotton or microfiber. A pool of water is the quickest way to destroy your floor.
4. Use floor mats in spots where people step on the hardwood directly after being outside. In addition to protecting against wet or muddy footprints, floor mats will help collect any sharp or abrasive materials stuck in the treads of shoes. This step will help prevent accidental scraping or scratching. Make sure the mats have a water resistant bottom otherwise the melted snow will destroy your hardwood floors in no time.
5. Use properly sized high quality felt pads when moving furniture. Or better yet, lift the furniture off the ground
instead of sliding it across your hardwood floor. Inspect your felt pads frequently to make sure they are free of any debris. Even if a grain of sand is under that pad when heavy furniture is set upon it, your floor could receive some serious gouges when it is moved.
These steps will help ensure that your home retains its value by protecting your hardwood floors against major damage.
Accidents do happen, however, no matter how careful you are. If your floor becomes damaged, contact the manufacturer or the installer for advice.