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Caring for your floor


Solid hardwood floors are among the easiest to keep clean. Protect their warmth and character with simple, everyday cleaning techniques. It’s important to know how to prevent damage to your solid hardwood floors. Here are some tips to help keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful for years to come.

 
1.   Dirt, grit and sand are your hardwood floor’s worst enemies. When stepped on, these particles grind into your floor causing scratches, dents and dulling. Be sure to sweep or vacuum, regularly. Make sure the vacuum head is brush or felt and that it doesn’t have a beater bar head.

2.   Place floor mats at entryways to collect dirt and grit that might be tracked in. And consider area rugs for high traffic areas.

3.   Lift furniture to move it, avoid dragging. Attach plastic or fabric guides to the bottom of furniture to prevent scratching.

4.   Being a natural product, hardwood will expand and contract with change in moisture levels. Try to keep your home at a humidity level between 30% and 50%. Dry air will increase cracking in your wood floor. While too much moisture will cause warping and buckling.

5.   All hardwood floors will fade, darken or change shades over time. Direct exposure to sunlight will greatly increase this process. So, close curtains and blinds or add sheer drapes to protect from the sun’s intense UV rays.

 6.   Clean up spills immediately. Standing water can warp a hardwood floor and can damage the finish. Be sure to wipe up all spills as they happen with soft towels or a wet/dry vacuum, then dry thoroughly.

7.   Never use ammonia, oil soaps or waxes. They will dull the finish and make refinishing difficult.

8.   If possible, do not wear heavy shoes or high heels on hardwood floors, as some heels can cause dents, particularly if they're worn or damaged.

9.   If you have dogs, use vinyl nail caps such as SoftPaws to prevent scratches in your floor.