With the goal of preservation in mind, the experts at Best Buy Flooring and Counter tops have listed five quick ways to preserve your hardwood floors. By implementing these five quick tips, your wood floors will be sure to maintain their charm and appeal for many years.
1.Use floor mats and runners at entrances.
A simple concept, but one that is often not implemented. Mats and runners can collect an array of dust, particles, dirt, etc. that would usually land and live on your hardwood floors. An area of caution is to not allow the runners and mats to get too dirty themselves. Or, please do not allow the runners or mats to sit on the wood floors for any legnth of time.
2. Clean your floors regularly.
Excessive moisture is a bad igredient for a stable and healthy hardwood floor. We recommend using a dry mop to swipe away the dirt. Move the mop gently to avoid scratching the finish due to sand or other outdoor element that may have been brought inside.
3. Attach pads to furniture legs.
The number one source of scratching on wood floors is from the movement of furniture. To make sure this doesn’t happen, there are many fine products out there that you can use to affix to your furniture legs to avoid this problem. Sounds simple, but sometimes these small things are forgotten.
4. NO SHOES
Well, maybe you won't have to take that dramatic of a step. But, at least be sure that your stiletto heels or athletic shoes and your hardwood flooring never become acquainted. It is surprising to learn how much pressure is exerted from a 100 pound woman in heels on a hardwood floor. To save yourself and home the stress, just have your wood floors "free of shoes".
5. PET FREE ZONE
Its simple. Pets and flooring just don't get along. Pets have fur and fur attracts dirt, dust, and other unwanted stuff. This unwanted stuff falls from the pet to the floor. So, make your wood floor area a "pet free zone".
The overarching principle here is vigilance when it comes to things like spills, and in being committed to incorporating the preservation of your hardwood floor into your weekly or even daily routines. And it’s not like the work you put in in little increments isn’t going to pay off later in a big way. Your preserved hardwood floor will stand as a true visual asset to your property as well as a practical one.