Don't ruin your hardwood floors. Follow these simple tips to make sure your hardwood flooring la
Hardwood floors are basically synonymous with stylish interiors these days — and you already know that they require special care compared to other flooring choices. (For instance, they’re the one thing you can’t always clean naturally with a little vinegar and water.) However, there are a few things you’re doing on a daily basis that are gradually ruining your floors...without even realizing it. Consider this your warning.
Skipping The Welcome Mat
Just imagine having sandpaper on the bottom of your shoes. That’s what it’s like walking in from the street and onto your hardwood floors.“In commercial spaces they call them walk-off rugs, because they want you to walk off all the stones or dirt or grit and grime on the bottom of your shoe. The hope is that your feet are cleaner by the time they hit the floor.”
Skipping Furniture Pads
“When you sit down on the couch, if it’s not on a rug, it’s going to slide a little bit and over time that’ll make for some obvious aggressive wear right where the foot of the couch is” . “They make two-inch rubber disks that aren’t for the moving of furniture, they actually help to keep the couch from sliding around.”
Bringing The Outdoors In
“In my house, it’s where the kids come in from the pool. They run inside and stand right in front of the door. While they’re drying off there are puddles on the floor,” For others it’s spots like where you take off your rain boots or underneath that plant and you haven’t lifted off the floor. Another place where your wood flooring is susceptible to water damage? “Around dog bowls,” “Those are all area that should have a rug or a plastic tray.”
Mopping All Wrong
A lot of people mop with too much water and the more that water seeps down into the seams of your floor and builds up under your floor, it can cause negative movement”
..Or Using The Wrong Hardwood Floor Cleaner
“There are hundreds of different kinds of finishes and each one can have a different type of cleaner that’s required.” Sy cautions that you might be using a cleaner that has heavy chemicals in it or even one with wax, which can build up on your floor — not a good thing. “Make sure whatever your day to day or short-term maintenance is, you’re doing it in accordance with the product you have.”
Procrastinating scratched hardwood floor
“People don’t maintain hardwood floor at the right point,” Sy says. “They let it go too long and all of a sudden that high-traffic area where you didn’t have a rug, is worn away.” If you see light scratches in high traffic areas, repair those boards (some finishes will require you to do the whole room over). It’s easy to lightly buff and apply one coat of finish vs. sanding the whole thing down, re-staining and refinishing.
If you’re not sure how to clean or protect your floors, we have you covered with this great article on cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors. Advantage Hardwood (Calgary, Okotoks , High River, Nanton and area ) can help you determine if your hardwood floor is in need of recoating or refinishing.. If you would like us to bring your hardwood floors back to their original life, contact us at 403 995 9779.