How to Care For Your Hardwood Floor

How to Care For Your Hardwood Floor

Few things look better in a home than a brand new hardwood floor. Whether you were searching for a rustic, old-fashioned look or a more modern, structured style, a freshly installed hardwood floor can help take any home to the next level. Obviously you want to be able to admire your stunning new floor for a long time, so it is best to become familiar with some basic maintenance practices that you can do on your own. The best way to preserve the beauty of your hardwood floor is to prevent any damage from happening. Accidents happen, however, and there are some easy and safe ways to clean your new flooring should an incident occur.

Prevent Damage

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Preventing damage before it happens can save you many headaches in the long run. Floor protectors made of felt or other materials can prevent furniture from scratching your floor as it is moved or repositioned. Similarly, it is important to keep your pets’ nails clipped and clean as they can also scratch a new floor very easily. A lesser-known tactic to preserve a hardwood floor is to run a humidifier during the muggy Middle Tennessee summers. This can help reduce harmful humidity levels that play a large role in wood shrinkage.

Keep It Clean

Minor spills should be easily wiped up immediately. You do not want any amount of liquid spending more time on your hardwood floor than it has to, as it can start to seep into the wood and cause a whole array of issues. Stickier situations such as gum should be treated with ice and cold water, and then gently removed with a flat, rigid tool like a credit card. Routine dusting can go a long way when it comes to keeping your floors clean, and is a relatively easy process. Dusting your floor will also help remove unnecessary allergens from your home.

Removing Harsh Scuffs

Every now and then an accident will happen that results in a scuff or mark on your floor. A local professional should treat extremely harsh marks, but minor marks can be self-treated if you know how to approach the situation. Pay attention to your floor’s finish – a hard finish will leave the mark on the surface while a soft finish will trap the scuff in the wood itself. If the mark hasn’t penetrated the surface, a simple wipe with a clean cloth should do the trick. If the stain has penetrated into the wood, the following tips could help remedy the situation:

· Apply floor wax and gently scrub with steel wool

· Apply dishwashing detergent with a clean cloth and then rinse with cool water

· Refrain from using sand paper

· Keep children and pets clear of the room when dealing with floor wax

· Apply the appropriate stain to the affected area after treatment

A brand new hardwood floor can reinvigorate any room. They can also last a lifetime with proper maintenance and care.

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