To ensure the overall condition, longevity and esthetics, it can be a bit overwhelming to take it all in, especially for people who have never been exposed to hardwood floors. Regular care, maintenance and preventative applications must be adhered to. There are some primary basics you should know when you are first charged with caring for solid hardwood flooring and we at Steam Masters would like to relate them for you today.
Prefinished VS Unfinished Solid Hardwood Flooring
Designed to be thicker and more durable, solid hardwood floors are available as unfinished or factory finished if you are looking for new installation. Coming pre-sanded and finished, factory finishes minimize the installation work. A more optimal option for those wanting to implement custom designs is unfinished wood that requires sanding and finishing after it is installed. Offering more durability and longevity, it is well worth the investment, though solid hardwood flooring is more costly than the other alternatives.
Solid Hardwood Floor Maintenance
1) By implementing a dust mop, sweeping with a soft bristled broom, or a vacuum that features a “bare floor” or “hardwood floor” setting, clear away the surface dust and debris. To keep the dust and dirt from scuffing the floors as you are walking, this should be done daily. As it deteriorates the finish and causes scratches and scuffs in the wood, dirt on the floors, combined with everyday walking creates friction.
2) During the hours of direct sunlight, avoid the UV rays from hitting the floors by making sure the windows are covered with blinds, UV film, or curtains. It dries it out and fades the color when the sun shines directly on the wood.
3) In an effort to offer the hardwood floor more protection from potential particulates that can contribute to blemishes or damage, area rugs and runners are ideal for entry points and areas where there is a lot of foot traffic.
How to Protect Hardwood Floors & Prevent Damage
1) Dirt and mud can be tracked in by your pet as their nails being capable of easily scratching the floor. Keep your pet’s nails trimmed and their paws cleaned to reduce the negative impact.
2) Humidity levels should be kept between 35% and 55%, be sure to use humidifiers can maintain the humidity balance to avoid shrinkage.
3) With a clean, dry microfiber cloth, promptly wipe up spills. Moisture can leave behind water on the surface can seep into the gaps and cause water damage or warping.
4) On wooden floors, avoid walking in abrasive shoes like high heel shoes, and spike shoes.
5) Should stains or spots occur, avoid using water or cleaners to clean the floor and implement plain water and immediately dry up the water residue.
6) For your hardwood floor, only use cleaning aids and treatments that are specifically formulated.
7) Stay away from abrasive cleaning tools like steel wool pads, scouring pads, or anything containing metal.
8) Note that laminated wood, engineered, and solid hardwood all require similar maintenance but have specific needs.