For people who have never been exposed to hardwood floors providing the regular care, maintenance, and preventative applications, it can be a bit overwhelming to take it all in to make certain the overall condition, longevity, and aesthetics are preserved. Because there are aspects you should know, we at Steam Masters would like to share the basics of solid hardwood floors in effort to help you enjoy them for decades.
How Do You Take Care of Real Hardwood Floors?
Solid hardwood flooring is thicker by design and therefore, more durable. Solid hardwood floors can be unfinished, or factory finished are options with new installation. The unfinished wood requires the sanding and finishing following the installation, a more optimal option for those wanting to implement custom designs whereas. Until it is completed from installation, to sanding, to finishing, there is a process and walking on the hardwood floor is not recommended, which you need to keep in mind that after the hardwood floor is installed. Solid hardwood flooring is more costly than the other alternatives with the durability and longevity, it offers it is well worth the investment.
How Do You Maintain Hardwood Floors?
1) Any surface dust and debris is removed by either sweeping with a soft bristled broom, a dust mop, or a vacuum that features a “bare floor” or “hardwood floor” setting. This should be done daily to keep the dust and dirt from scuffing the floors as you are walking. Friction is created with everyday walking, so the finish deteriorates and causes scratches and scuffs in the wood from the dirt on the floors.
2) If direct sunlight hits the hardwood flooring during those hours ensure the windows are covered with UV film, blinds, or curtains. When the sun shines directly on the wood, the surface dries out and the color fades.
3) Area rugs and runners are ideal for entry points and areas where there is a lot of foot traffic, provide hardwood floor more protection from potential particulates that can contribute to blemishes or damage.
What Can I Put on My Hardwood Floors to Protect Them?
1) Your pet’s nails can easily scratch the floor, as they can track in dirt and mud. To minimize the negative impact, keep your pet’s nails trimmed and their paws cleaned.
2) Between 35% and 55% is where the humidity levels should be kept for avoiding shrinkage. To maintain the humidity balance use humidifiers.
3) Immediately wipe up spills with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. When water is left on the surface since it can seep into the gaps, water damage or warping occurs.
4) Avoid walking on the wood floors with abrasive shoes like high heel shoes, and spike shoes.
5) Avoid using water or cleaners to clean the floor on a consistent basis, but if stains or spots occur, use plain water and immediately dry up the water residue.
6) Only use cleaning aids and treatments that are specifically formulated for your hardwood floor.
7) Never use abrasive cleaning tools such as steel wool pads, scouring pads, or anything containing metal.
8) Since engineered wood and laminated wood differ than solid hardwood floors it requires similar maintenance but have specific needs.
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