If you want your hardwood floors to look just as beautiful as they did when they were installed, there’s only one thing you have to do: take care of them! Even though taking care of your hardwood floors involves more than one thing, it is true that the one concept of caring for your hardwood floors will result in floors that look better and cleaner than floors that are not cared for. Make sure you follow these care tips to keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful!
Take Your Shoes Off
If you’re not already in the habit of taking off your shoes when you enter your home, now is a great time to start doing so. The bottoms of your shoes pick up all kinds of dirt and grime outside and tracking them in on the floor will slowly dull the finish over time and make fine scratches that build up and look bad. In the same vein, place floor mats at entrance doors to wipe off your shoes before you take them off.
Don’t Wait to Clean
Spill a glass of water on the floor? Notice a scuff mark over in the corner? Don’t wait to clean up. The longer you wait to do something about that scuff mark or spill, the more damage it will do to your wood floor. Spills are especially bad for floors, because wood and moisture don’t mix.
To clean up a spill, first blot it with a cloth, then use a damp paper towel to remove any residue. Finish off with a dry paper towel. Many scuffs can be buffed out with a sock. If that doesn’t work, use a damp cloth with a little baking soda to buff it out. Again, follow it up with a damp paper towel to remove residue, and a dry one to finish.
Dry Clean, Not Wet
Never wet mop your wood floor. Moisture will dull the finish, and if it penetrates it, moisture will damage the wood. Use a dust cloth on your wood floor once a week, and vacuum on a regular basis as well. Vacuums are especially good at pulling up debris from places where a dust cloth can’t go. Ideally, you’ll use a canister vacuum with the floor brush attachment. If you use an upright vacuum, make sure you turn off the rotating brush first! You don’t want to scratch the wood with those bristles.
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