Hardwood floors are beautiful and durable, which make them a popular choice for home flooring. But it seems like they are kind of a pain to maintain, unless you know how. Here are a few simple tips to help you maintain your hardwood floors.
Sweep or Vacuum?
Sweeping your hardwood floor is okay, as long as you use a soft broom. Hard brooms can push dirt and small stones into the surface of the wood and scratch it. Vacuuming is preferable because it sucks up the dirt and gets the dust that can fall between the boards.
Spills and Spots
Clean up spills and spots immediately with a soft, damp cloth. Don’t get your wood floors overly wet, as too much water can damage the wood. And don’t use ammonia on wood, as it can cause discoloration.
Furniture and Rugs
Try not to drag furniture across your hardwood floors, as it scratch and dent the wood. If you use area rugs, be sure to use a soft rug backing to protect the floor, and don’t use rubber or vinyl mats, as they tend to trap moisture between the rug and the hardwood floor.
To keep your hardwood floors in great condition and looking like new, have them professionally cleaned and polished regularly. This will buff out scratches and add a protective polish to your floors, making them look like new.
For the best local hardwood floor cleaning, make an appointment with Whitehall Carpet Cleaning today.