Your hardwood flooring is more than just flooring. It's an investment as well of a work of art that adds value to your home. So, you'll want to do what you can to keep it looking its best. Preventative maintenance and regular care can keep your hardwood beautiful for decades!
When it comes to preventative maintenance for your hardwood flooring, there are a few things you should do right away. First, invest in floor protectors for use with furniture. This will prevent denting and scratching. Next, buy some entry mats so mud and stones stay off of your flooring. You'll also need to make it a habit to trim pets' nails so that they do not scratch your flooring. It's also a good idea to use a humidifier and a dehumidifier as needed, as hardwood is sensitive to your home's climate. Finally, you should consider using an area rug for extra protection where needed.
Everyday care and maintenance should include sweeping, vacuuming, and dry mopping. Make sure to check with your manufacturer’s care and maintenance guide, in addition to their list of approved vacuum cleaners, before caring for your flooring. If your flooring needs more than just a dry surface clean, use a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution and follow their guidelines.
Dealing with spills and stains
Sometimes stains and messes are inevitable, no matter how careful you are. That's why it's important to educate yourself on proper stain removal without causing any damage to your flooring.
With hardwood, common messes such as milk, pet accidents, and many other liquid spills will simply wipe away clean, especially with hardwood floors that are designed with stain- and scuff-resistant technology. Tend to liquids immediately, as hardwood is not water-resistant. For other messes such as nail polish, oil, or wax, it's important to consult with your manufacturer regarding proper cleaning products and procedures.