HARDWOOD FLOOR MAINTENANCE FOR THE HUNTSVILLE HOMEOWNER
Your Hardwood Floors Need Some TLC
Adding hardwood floors to your home can add a touch of class and increase its resale value. But, no matter how well you take care of them, natural wear and tear will eventually take its toll. That’s why we’ve taken the time to compile a list of best practices to keep your Huntsville hardwood floors looking their best. At Fabulous Floors Alabama, we’re committed to helping our clients maintain the beauty of their flooring for years to come!
Wood Floor Maintenance Tips
Keep Your Floors Clean
Keep your hardwood floors in pristine condition by vacuuming and mopping them once a week. This will help repel dust, bacteria, and other items that can scratch or wear down the floor over time. Additionally, sweeping every few days is an easy way to keep dirt from settling on the wood surface. When using a vacuum make sure it has settings designed specifically for hard floors as well as softer brushes to avoid damaging the wood’s finish.
Prevent Damage to Your Floors
Placing mats or rugs in your entryways can prevent dirt collection. Be sure to choose mats or rugs without an adhesive or abrasive bottom.
Don’t Use Water on Your Floors
Never use water to clean your hardwood floors. Water can deteriorate the wood. Most stores carry a special wood floor cleaner that can be sprayed and wiped away with a soft cloth. Know the finish of your floors (for example, polyurethane or wax) so you can choose the right cleaner.
Maintain Polyurethane Finishes
Floors with a polyurethane finish will need special attention. Depending on the amount of foot traffic, these floors should be inspected and re-coated every 3-5 years.
Avoid Stains at All Costs
The biggest enemy of any hardwood floor is a stain. These are hard to prevent, but do all you can to keep tough substances from being spilled on your floors. When stains do happen, rubbing alcohol and steel wool should do the trick. However, this will leave a mark on the wood and damage the stain, so you’ll need to polish your floors in that spot.
Use Area Rugs
Cover high-traffic areas with large rugs. Not only will this prevent damage to your hardwood floors, but these rugs can add a nice touch to the style of your room.
Refinish or Resurface Your Wood Floor
Eventually, every wood floor will wear down. When it comes time to restore it, we hope you give us a call! We offer the best hardwood floor resurfacing and refinishing services in the Huntsville area.