Hardwood Flooring Maintenance
Keeping your hardwood flooring clean and looking good has never been as easy as it is today. With advances being made in hardwood flooring stains and finishes every day, the maintenance necessary to keep your hardwood flooring looking has dropped substantially. Instead of spending hours every years reapplying stains or finishes, not to mention moving furniture and other items around the house to avoid dust or damaging fumes, St. Louis homeowners can easily keep there hardwood flooring properly maintained simply by regularly sweeping and vacuuming and occasionally with a hardwood flooring product. For suggestions on what hardwood flooring cleaning products to use contact Professional Floor of St. Louis today and talk to one of our certified and knowledgeable technicians.
There are a few steps you can take to ensure the maximum life of your hardwood flooring. Follow these steps and you can be sure your hardwood flooring will last as long as possible.
- Throw rugs are your friend – Use as many throw rugs as possible inside and outside of doorways to ensure that dirt and grime and dust and other debris is off your shoes before walking on hardwood flooring. Another place to use area rugs is underneath the sink if you have hardwood flooring in the kitchen or bathroom.
- Take off the heels and cleets – Put it this way, a 125lb woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000lbs per square inch. That number can skyrocket up to 8,000 if there is an exposed heel nail on the shoe and that kind of pressure is almost certainly going to damage any hardwood flooring surface.
- Pick up the furniture instead of sliding it – We know it is easier to slide heavy furniture instead of lifting it, but you are much more likely to damage or scratch hardwood flooring if you simply slide it around as opposed to lifting it. Put the extra effort in, it is worth it.
- Avoid wet-mopping – Water on hardwood flooring can quickly dull the finish and can actually permanently harm wood leaving a discolored residue.
- Wax on, wax off, but only occasionally – Consider buffing hardwood flooring instead of multiple layers of wax. Avoid a buildup of wax in low traffic areas, like underneath furniture, by waxing these areas every other time.
- Use the booties – Put booties or some other type of plastic or fabric faced glides underneath the legs of furniture to avoid scuffing, scratching, and other damage.
- It is not the heat, it is the humidity – Use a humidifier in the winter to keep your hardwood flooring from moving and shifting and shrinking.
- Easy on the product – Only use hardwood flooring cleaning products on hardwood flooring. That means no sheet vinyl products and no tile floor care products on the wood. These types of product will cause wood to become slippery and appear dull.