Welcome to Part Two of our hardwood floor maintenance tips! Previously, we discussed how to keep your floors clean and dry, and now we will discuss further measures you can take to ensure their continued beauty.
Wear and tear were touched on in Part One of the series, but its prevention cannot be understated. Making sure that you keep your floors looking like new, will not only keep your home looking clean and bright, but it will also be helpful if you are looking to sell your home in the future. It is a turnoff to homebuyers if they notice dingy floors that may need a costly refinishing and polishing. Keep them looking great by strategically placing runners throughout areas of your home that you know to be high traffic. When placing furniture in the room, consider padding the bottom of each piece to prevent scuffs and scratches in case of slight shifting over time. Area rugs can be supported by natural rubber pads beneath them. Be sure that they have open indentations to prevent moisture from locking into the pad. An example of this would be a waffle patterned style. If you like to rearrange your furniture on occasion, this is also a helpful way to prevent fading from natural sunlight that comes into the room. Be sure to properly lift items off of the floors instead of dragging them across it. Another great way to avoid wear and tear would be to not wear shoes that would damage its surface.
For more heavy duty cleaning, avoid products that are vinegar or soap-based as this will dull the shine of your floors and possibly leave a residue. Use products that are specifically designed for hardwood floor cleaning only. Do not use an excessive amount in the area that you are cleaning. Apply the product and wipe promptly to avoid water damage. You should be able to use this cleaner with a microfiber mop, which will be gentle on your floors while you scrub the grime away!
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