Hardwood floors are a big investment but are also well worth it because they can last for decades. They are beautiful, classic, and add value to a home. The key to keeping your hardwoods in great shape is to regularly clean and maintain them. The experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City share some tips below to keep your hardwoods looking like new!
1. Keep Them Clean
Regular cleaning of your floors will make a huge difference in how long they last. We suggest sweeping your floors at least once per week, but more as needed. Dirt and debris can work away at the finish of your floor or get trapped in the cracks.
Mop your floors regularly as well with a cleaning solution that won’t damage hardwood. We can suggest different solutions for you depending on the type of hardwood installed, or a simple mixture of water and vinegar can do the trick.
2. Avoid Moisture
Standing water can ruin hardwood floors, so it is important to clean up any moisture as soon as possible. Keep an eye out for hidden moisture as well. Paying attention to humidity levels and maintaining moderate levels will help keep your floors in good shape.
3. Use Mats and Rugs
Dings and scratches are inevitable on hardwood floors, so it’s important to use mats and area rugs in high-traffic areas of the home. This also gives homeowners another opportunity to add some color and design to the room with many different options to pick from.
4. Use Protective Pads
Applying self-sticking pads to the legs of your furniture can help protect your floors from scratches.
5. Sand and Refinish
Regardless of how durable your hardwood floors are, they will need to be sanded and refinished from time to time. This will help get rid of any dents and scratches that occur and bring the coloring and sheen back to life!
As long as you follow these tips, your beautiful hardwood floors will last for decades! Learn all about your different hardwood options during a free design consultation with the experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City. We proudly serve the greater St. Louis, MO areas and look forward to working with you!
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