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Do’s and Don’ts for Hardwood Flooring

If you have had hardwood flooring installed recently in your home, it is important that you know how to properly care for it. Hardwood flooring does not take a rock scientist to figure it out, but it can quickly become damaged if you do not pay attention to the way it is cared for. Below, we will go over some of the most important do’s and don’ts for your hardwood flooring.

The Do’s of Hardwood Flooring

If you notice that a spill has occurred on the floor, take the time to clean it up right away. Allowing the mess to sit can lead to problems with the wood later on. While you want to make sure to clean it immediately, avoid dumping water onto the floor to clean it. Simply dampen a mop head or rag and wipe the area clean. Of course, dry the area once it has been wiped up as well.

Next, you should use a broom or vacuum on your hardwood flooring to keep it clean throughout the week. Whether there is dog hair or sand on the floor, you will find that it can easily be swept into a pile and then vacuumed up to provide a pristine finish.

Also, you want to make sure you limit direct sun exposure on your floor. The reason behind this is because too much sunlight can beat directly on the wood and cause fading to occur. If you want to allow light into your home, consider using sheer curtains or place a rug in any sots where the sun may beat directly on the wood.

The Don’ts of Hardwood Flooring

Now it is time for the don’ts of your hardwood floors. For starters, you want to avoid using any harsh substances on the floor. For example, avoid use of steel wool, abrasives, and even dish soap, as they can cause scratches and deterioration of the floor. You should always use an approved wood cleaner that is pH balanced and safe for use indoors.

Next, do NOT ignore any spills or stains that occur on the floor. If you do, you may find that mold quickly grows or the wood becomes damaged from the excess moisture. If you notice that part of your wood floor is discoloured or if you notice that there may be a spot of damage, investigate it further and pay attention to it.

Don’t ignore instructions given to you by the installer or the manufacturer. There is a reason these instructions are in place and if you want your floors to last a lifetime, you need to make sure you are caring for them properly.

Lastly, you should avoid installing hardwood flooring in an area that has a lot of moisture or in a home that is not going to be environmentally controlled for humidity and weather.

If you are interested in having hardwood flooring installed in your home or if you have any questions about the care of your floors, contact the professionals at The Floor Shop today.

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