Having a hardwood floor is something to be proud of. It has the ability to enhance a room, provide durability to your floors, and even help boost the value of your home. But if you own a home with hardwood floors, you’ll need to keep them looking great over the years to ensure they last and to reinforce the benefits of having them in your home.
At Rees Powell Custom Floors, we’re here to provide some tips on how to make hardwood floors last you.
Clean Your Floors Regularly
While wood floors are more durable than traditional floors or carpet, they’re still susceptible of stains and dust. It’s recommended that you sweep or vacuum your floors regularly to pick up any loose debris and to remove dust. If there’s a spill, you’ll want to wipe it up immediately to prevent damage.
You’ll also want to mop your floors every few weeks. A flat mop may be the best to use because it won’t leave any standing liquid, which could have a negative effect on the wood and cause it to warp.
Protect Your Floors
Employing a “shoes off in the house” policy can go a long way at preserving your hardwood floors. Shoes can often track in dirt, mud, insects, and more. They’re also responsible for scuffs across the surface of your hardwood floors. It’s also important to protect your floors from potential damage from the furniture. Furniture pads can help prevent any dents or scratches into your floor.
Take Care of Minor Scuffs & Scratches
Scuffs and scratches can be an eyesore. Guests may not notice them right away, but if you’re aware of them, you’ll want to find ways to remove them so you can have a floor in perfect condition. There are a few ways that you can take care of these scratches and scuffs.
Scuffs will need to get buffed out. You can buy a hardwood floor cleaner, or simply make a paste out of water and baking soda.
Scratches can be a little more difficult to take care of on your own. Removing scratches involves sanding the scratch area and re-staining the wood to resemble the rest of the floor. The risk of making a mistake is high, so for this type of floor care, you may want to enlist the help of a professional.
Have Your Floors Refinished
Refinishing hardwood floors is a great way to make them last you. Refinishing helps smooth out any scuffs or scratches, all while restoring the color that has likely faded (more so in rooms with full sun exposure).
But in order to refinish your wood floors, you’ll want to loop in professionals. Having your floors refinished every 5-10 years is a great way to ensure that your floors last you over the years.
Consult the Hardwood Floor Professionals
If you’re in need of professional wood floor refinishing services, or other services to help maintain your hardwood floors, you can simply contact us at Rees Powell Custom Floors.