Hardwood floors are the pride of any home. They can shine beautiful, add amazing accents to your decor and color schemes, they can raise the value of your home and strengthen your investment. But they don’t do all of this on their own. Hardwood floors require care and maintenance. They require care and attention to detail, which can be daunting for some but the results are spectacular and worth it.
If you’ve considered getting hardwood floors but don’t know everything that goes into owning them or if you’ve recently installed hardwood floors or bought a new home with them, you’ve come to the right place. All your frequently asked questions around hardwood floors and their maintenance can be answered here. Take a look.
The first place to start with hardwood floor care is regular sweepings each week. Your hardwood floors are going to show the accumulation of dust and debris way more obviously than carpet so you need to make sure you’re regularly sweeping them at least once a week to clear away any dust or debris that accumulates. For those with high traffic floors or pets, you may want to do this more than once a week to tackle extra pet hair or anything tracked in. A simple broom will do but you can also utilize a dry mop with a dust catching agent. Vacuuming fairly regularly is also a great option.
How to Mop Hardwood Floors Correctly
The preventive cleanings of sweeping are helpful but you’re going to need a deeper and more complete cleaning at some point. Make sure the mop you use is designed for hardwood floors and the cleaning agent you use is also intended for hardwood floors. Some cleaning agents can be rough on hardwood floors and leave them with scars of abrasion oro discoloration. Use only a damp mop to prevent standing water on the floor and make sure to clean up excess liquid quickly.
How to Clean Hardwood Naturally
While there are plenty of commercial products meant to be used on hardwood floors, you may want to opt for natural cleaners for added protection. Vinegar is a very common household cleaner for those who don’t want to use store bought soaps and cleaners. Dilute vinegar in water to use it as a cleaning agent on your hardwood floor but take note of its effects as vinegar, which is acidic, can strip the finishes off of some hardwood floors when not diluted enough.
While you may be avoiding stainds, eventually it will happen. Many stains, like heel marks, can be removed with wax or steel wool and vinegar. Dish detergent can be used to remove oil-based stains and watermarks can be tackled with sanding if the stain goes deeper than a scrub from wax or steel wool.
Keeping your hardwood floor in peak shape is essential to maintaining the economic boost they can give your home as well as the beauty they bring into any room they’re in. At SOEN Hardwood, we can help you get the most out of your hardwood flooring in Denver, CO.