Wood flooring is a beautiful addition to any home, but maintaining it can be a lot of work. If you want your wood floors to last for many years and still look great, then following these 14 tips will help you out!
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- After installing new wood flooring, make sure that the room has time to dry before using it. This may take up to two weeks, depending on how humid the weather is.
- Make sure that all furniture and appliances are not dragging across your wood floors, as this can scratch them over time. – Don’t use too much water when cleaning your wood floors; this will cause warping or swelling in the boards over time. Instead, try using distilled white vinegar mixed with warm water.
- Make sure to vacuum regularly and use a floor mat under your shoes or furniture that can be washed, so any dirt or dust doesn’t scratch the wood floors. – If you have children, pets, or are just messy in general, then using an area rug will help protect your wood floors from scratches and dents.
- Use a quality wood floor cleaner on your floors every couple of months. This will help to keep them looking shiny and new and can also be used in between cleanings for tougher stains that may have accumulated over time.
- When you use a vacuum or broom, make sure they are not rubbing against the walls too hard as this can cause scratches.
- If you have wood flooring that has a lot of traffic, it’s best to sweep or vacuum in one direction and then again from the opposite way.
- The key is to avoid anything made with steel wool because this will scratch your wood floors.
- Avoid using an abrasive cleaner on your wooden floors as well; these can leave behind streaks and scratches.
- If you have a wood floor that has been scratched, use sandpaper to smooth the surface of the scratch before applying any wood filler or stain. It’s best to avoid using any harsh chemicals.
- When your wood floors are wet, use a natural fiber cloth instead of paper towels because the paper towels can leave behind lint and scratch up the surface.
- If your wood floor has been scratched, use sandpaper to smooth the surface of the scratch before applying any wood filler or stain.
- A good shoe mat can help protect your floors from being damaged if someone walks in with dirty feet.
- If there is an area on your wooden floor that gets wet often (e.g., near a sink), put down a wood floor mat to help protect it from getting scratched or damaged.
- Put felt pads on the bottom of any furniture that you are moving around on your wood floors so as not to scratch them up.
The wood floor mat is an easy way to protect your floors from being damaged if someone walks in with dirty feet or near a sink. Putting felt pads on the bottom of any furniture that you are moving around can help as well. You should also always keep your wood floors dry and clean by using natural fiber cloths instead of paper towels when cleaning up spills. Follow these guidelines to keep your wood floors in good shape for many years to come!