It’s no secret that dirt and dust can make any type of surface look messy, but when it comes to wood, it can be really harmful. Read on to learn some facts about dirt’s impact on hardwood floors, and ways to prevent any harm.
What is dirt and dust even made of?
This is a complex question, as they both can be made up of a number of elements. Homes are filled with so many substances that can break down and be pushed around, turning into dirt and dust particles.
The most common sources of dirt are pets, open windows/doors, and shoes. Dirt is transferred to wood floors when it sticks to our shoes or socks, or becomes airborne. Food can also be a source of dirt, and whenever it is spilled, pieces are left behind and get broken down into particles that are then carried around the house.
Human and pet hair, as well as skin are constantly shedding, breaking down to small particles that float around the house, landing on wood floors and becoming dust.
How can this damage my wood floors?
Discoloration is a way dirt and dust can damage your floors. Traffic in a room can break down the elements that make it stick to the floor. It can then make its way into small cracks of the wood, and cause discoloration which is hard to remove without refinishing.
Dirt and dust can also cause scratches in your floors. If a food comes in contact with a particle on the floor, it can damage the wood. The scratches leave wood vulnerable to water, leading to swelling. It can also lead to discoloration.
How can I prevent this?
Reduction. If you reduce the amount that is brought into your home, you will see a lot less damage. By removing shoes before walking on the wood floors, you are preventing any elements from being tracked from the shoe to the floor. Regularly cleaning the entryways, vacuuming carpets, putting a rug by the doors, and keeping your windows/doors closed will also prevent damage.
Dirt and dust will always make its way into your home somehow, so ensuring that you are regularly cleaning around your home is the major way to prevent wood floor damage. If you spill food or water, blot it up as fast as possible before it can seep into the crevices of your wood floor.
Learn more about these issues and how to address them by contacting the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click heretoday! You can also follow us onFacebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!