Posted on: 11 January 2018
Installation of hardwood floors in your home can provide you with a polished and attractive surface that is easy to keep clean and hygienic, especially when you suffer from allergies that can be aggravated with wall-to-wall carpeting. But keeping your hardwood flooring clean and well-maintained takes more than just sweeping its surface. Here are some tips to help you keep your wood flooring clean and protected for it to last as long as possible in your home.
Clean Crevices and Surfaces
Real hardwood flooring consists of a series of wooden planks set together to create a nearly-seamless surface. Unfortunately, the small cracks that are present between each plank can be a collection point for dirt, dust, and other small debris. For this reason, it is important to use your vacuum across the surface of your hardwood to pick up any tiny particles that have collected within the cracks.
Be sure to use the vacuum attachment head that does not have the roller brush, as the roller brush can scratch and damage the finish on your hardwood planks. You don't need to complete this cleaning step each day, but several times each month is a good recommendation to keep the spaces between planks cleaned out.
Next, use your vacuum's hose attachment to clean around the perimeter of the room's hardwood surface to remove dirt and debris from beneath the baseboards. The space between the baseboards and the surface of your hardwood planks is another collection point for debris, which you can remove with your vacuum. Taking these steps in your hardwood floor cleaning process can reduce allergies in your home by eliminating excess dust and debris that can cause allergies in you and your family.
Protection from Damage
It is also important to protect your hardwood floors from damaging activity and objects that may move across its surface. Dirt, dust, and other small particles left to remain on your hardwood floor not only makes your floor appear gritty, but it can cause tiny scratches to form on the finish of your hardwood floor. Overtime, this will cause the floor to appear dull in areas of heavy traffic.
Use a broom to sweep up debris upon the floor each day and as it accumulates. You can also use a dry mop or a damp mop throughout the day to keep the surface clean.
If you have pets that walk across the surface of your wood flooring, placing rugs can help prevent their claws from scratching the wood's surface. Position rubber-backed rugs around corners and other areas where your pets need extra traction to help them traverse the wood floor's polished surface. This can prevent their claws scratching the finish as they try to gain traction.
Last, place protective pads on the bottoms of any furniture legs that sit upon the wood floors. As you move the furniture over the wood's finished surface, it won't scratch or gouge into the finish.Share