Although hardwood floors are attractive, they also come with the responsibility to protect the flooring. The most common issues for hardwood floors it that they are susceptible to dirt and moisture, and that it’s difficult to protect your floors against them. However, if you are conscious about taking care of your floors, and use a hardwood floor vacuum regularly, your floor can have a long lifespan while still looking good!
To protect your floors, you should sweep or vacuum them on a regular basis. When dirt particles are on the floor, they press against the wood and scratch the surface, which causes small scuff marks in the wood. Even small scratches are easy to spot on a wood floor. To protect your hardwood floor, you should use a high-quality broom with soft bristles that can pick up dirt, but not scratch the wood when you sweep.
Using a vacuum on your hardwood floor can also help. Best Hardwood floor-specific vacuums are designed to clean wooden surfaces and usually have adjustable soft brushes and high suction power so they can remove dirt from the floor without scratching them. Some hardwood floor vacuums even use water to help with stains, but you should also use the drying feature on the vacuum immediately after, otherwise the wood has a risk of warping.
Likewise, if you spill liquids or food on the floor, you should wipe them up immediately, to minimize damage to the floor. You should use a soft, damp cloth, and make sure the wood is dry afterwards with a clean towel. You can keep the floor shiny by mopping it with a cotton mop head every few weeks with a small amount of water, and then wiping up any residue.
If your floor requires a deeper cleaning, you should check to see what type of finish the floor has (by contacting the contractor/supplier). By doing this you can find out what cleaning products are safe for your floor, or you can do spot tests on a hidden area of the floor by testing rubbing alcohol, water, turpentine and so on, to see what sort of finish you have. Different finishes will react to chemicals differently.
Other ways of maintaining the floor include placing rugs and doormats around areas where there is a lot of traffic. The rugs will catch most of the dirt, and mats can also catch water, which will prevent the wood from warping as easily.
You should also be conscious of other things that can scratch your floors. Certain types of footwear will harm the flooring, such as cleats, high heels and golf shoes. These shoes will scratch the wood and also put pressure on the wood. Likewise, pets that run on the floor should have their nails trimmed so they don’t scratch the wood.
With the help of a broom and wood floor vacuum, protecting your floors from dirt and grime is easy. As long as you limit the amount of traffic and water on your wood floors, your floor’s appearance will remain intact for many years.