Hardwood Floor Care

Hardwood floors are among one of the many homeowners favorite options for flooring in their homes. One of the main reasons that homeowners really like hardwood flooring is because it is pretty easy to maintain and care for. Even after years of being walked on, sat on and scratched with couches and chairs, with proper care, hardwood can still like polished, shiny, and new. One of the reasons hardwood can last for so long is because it can be refinished multiple times. Although refinishing is always a good option for damaged floors, it can be expensive. In order to avoid refinishing too often, you should take proper care of your floors. To do this, you must clean your floors, repair any small scuffs, and get hardwood floor protection.

Why you should clean your hardwood floor regularly

Cleaning your hardwood floors often is very important because it can prevent excess scratches, scuffs, and stains. While cleaning frequently is important, it is also equally important to know how to clean your hardwood floors. A lot of people think that using any regular soap and water combination or floor cleaning liquid will work just fine. Those people are wrong. In order to avoid damaging your hardwood while you are trying to clean it, you must get specialty hardwood floor cleaner that will not damage your floor, will add a shiny, new look to your floor, and help prevent a worn look on the wood.

What not to do when cleaning your hardwood

  1. Do not use cleaners that have ammonia as one of the ingredients.
  2. Do not use regular floor or household cleaners including dusting supplies.
  3. Do not apply too much water to your floors. A partially damp mop or rag is okay, but oil will work best.

When should you consider refinishing?

Refinishing can be an expensive project. Because of the expenses associated with refinishing hardwood floors, a lot of people will avoid doing it until they move out or until the floors are completely worn down. Although you should not refinish your floors too frequently for small blemishes or mild wear and tear, you should also not wait until they are completely worn. If your hardwood gets too worn down, then you might need to get the flooring replaced rather than refinishing and that can be a lot more expensive. I would suggest getting your floors refinished every 3-5 years. This will help you keep your flooring looking nice and new without forcing you to spend too much on the extra shine that comes right after refinishing. If you have more money, then you can afford to refinish more frequently. If you have a strict budget, then you may want to try to refinish every 5-6 years instead.

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