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Taking Care of Your Hardwood Flooring


If you have hardwood flooring in your home you know exactly how attractive it can be. One of the best things about hardwood flooring is that when looked after properly, it can last for many years. Luckily, hardwood flooring maintenance is easy and simple! This page will give you the best tips for how to do it.

The first thing to take into consideration is that water can cause damage to your hardwood floors. It is unlikely that you will be able to entirely avoid water from coming into contact with your flooring but you can ensure that any spillage is wiped up fully and as quickly as possible. It is important to keep a careful eye on your bathroom, considering there is much water there and spills can easily go unnoticed.

You should also remember that debris stuck to your feet when entering a room could damage any hardwood, laminate or engineered flooring, regardless of the manufacturer warranty. Even tiny stones can scratch the surface of the wood floor resulting in permanent damage. To prevent this from happening, you should place a mat at the entry of each room to ensure that you are able to wipe your feet before stepping on the floor.

Another good idea is to make use of area rugs in the room. Rugs will provide protection in high traffic areas ensuring that your floors will not be damaged as much. Moving the area rugs occasionally will also help prevent discoloration of your hardwood floors due to exposure to sunlight. If you do not regularly move your area rug, you could end up with color variation to your floor.

Cleaning your floor is very important. The first thing that you should do is vacuum the entire room to ensure that all debris from the floor is removed. Afterwards, you can use a damp mop to clean up any dirt or stains. Take caution! You should never use a soaking wet mop, as this may cause water damage to the floor. There are many types of cleaning solutions designed specifically for floors that you can purchase which will reduce the possibility of water damage to your floor.