Carlsbad, CA, December 09, 2022 – If you are like most homeowners, you take pride in your home and want to do everything possible to protect it. One way of doing so is by paying special attention to the floors. Hardwood floors can look beautiful and add value to your home, but they require care in order to keep them looking their best. Here are some tips on how to best protect—and enjoy!
Do Not Clean With Water
Wood floors are hard and can be damaged by various types of liquids, including water. When wood swells due to moisture content it may cause floorboards or joists under the wet area to lift up, warp or crack—which could lead to costly repairs. Water damage is more likely to be seen on the bottom edges of hardwood floors—where it’s not protected by carpet or rugs—than on the top. Hardwood floors are also organic products that must be sealed and cared for like any other natural material, so regular maintenance is important. Although the use of water when cleaning a wood floor is usually obvious, you might be surprised at other things that can damage it.
Hardwood flooring experts advise against using any type of water on your hardwood floors. It is best to sweep with a soft-bristled room and dustpan every day and vacuum with a machine designed for hard surfaces once a week.
Renew The Finish Of Hardwood Floors
As time goes by, you’ll find that your hardwood floors may need to be refinished. The finish will wear off as a result of regular foot traffic and may need to be renewed. The refinishing process is a way of removing all of the finish from the floor, repairing any wood that is damaged, and then applying a new coat. The goal here is to extend the life (and value) of your floors rather than replace them altogether. The purpose of this is to prevent the need for complete replacements.
If you live in an area that gets cold and has wood floors, it is wise to have your hardwood floor specialists evaluate whether or not there are any problems with them. It’s best to catch problems early before they cause more serious damage. By taking care of your floor now, you’ll avoid bigger issues in the future.
Keep Dirt Away From The Floors
The downside to hardwood floors is how easily they show dirt—and one of the best aspects of hardwood floors is also their beauty. This means that when dust, dirt, or debris are tracked in on shoe soles it becomes obvious immediately and can quickly create a huge mess. You should ask both residents and guests to remove their shoes when they enter your home. It’s much easier to enforce a “no shoes” rule if everyone has a place to keep their footwear—and can change into socks or slippers there, too!
This is a serious problem for many people: those who work with their hands aren’t always aware of the damage that can be done to carpets by tracking dirt from outside into the house. Many people own pets, and if those pets are allowed outdoors on a regular basis, there will be plenty of opportunities for dirt and debris to creep into the house. To keep your hardwood floors looking good for as long as possible, make sure everyone takes off their shoes before coming into the house.
For Pet Owners, Clip Their Nails
If you have a dog or cat, it’s important to monitor their claws and trim them if needed. Dog and cat nails grow faster than human nails—a quarter inch per week for dogs, even more for cats. Left without regular manicures, these sharp claws can cause all sorts of damage.
In addition to being sharp and sturdy, a cat’s or dog’s nails are used for scratching—a way of marking territory as well as an expression of their natural instincts. If they scratch things around the house, their nails can cause deep gouges in hardwood floors. Keeping pets’ nails trimmed will not only help them avoid damaging things around the house—it’ll also save you money on repairs later down the line!
Recoating Hardwood Floors Is Important
Your hardwood floors are more than just a piece of furniture—they’re an investment that should be cared for and protected. It is important to do routine maintenance on your wood floors, such as dusting and vacuuming. However, you will probably have to clean them more often than other types of flooring if you want them to look their best. If you have spent a lot of time cleaning and maintaining your wood floors, then it is likely that they will have lost some of their lusters. No matter how well you’ve taken care of them, the finish can begin to look dull and worn as scuffs and scratches accumulate.
You may not be able to prevent every scratch or dent from occurring, but recoating your wood floors is an excellent way to restore their luster. When it comes time to reapply finish to your floor, be sure you ask the experts about their recommendations.
Now that you know how to protect your hardwood floors, it’s time to take action. Be sure to contact Silver Olas Carpet Tile Flood Cleaning for all of your floor cleaning needs. We provide high-quality flooring services at affordable rates and we’re dedicated to making sure your floors always look their best. Thanks for reading!