After years of hard work, you finally have your dream home. In this home is another thing you’ve always wanted: a hardwood floor. Hardwood floors have a very special appeal to them and are a key piece of many homes.
If you found a home with hardwood flooring or took the time to add it yourself, you’ll want to make sure you maintain the health of the floor. Like any other flooring you might have in your home, it’s important to keep hardwood floors clean. However, there’s more to keeping a hardwood in top shape than just vacuuming.
Keep It Clean
Keeping your hardwood floor clean is integral to the overall health of the floor. Sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming with the proper attachment are all steps that you should take regularly. Hardwood floors collect dirt easily, and they can be damaged if they aren’t regularly cleaned.
Additionally, the floor should be cleaned at least once per month with a commercial hardwood floor cleaner. This should help extend the life of the floor and clean it to a degree that regular cleaning cannot.
A Little Cover
Hardwood floors on their own are beautiful. Adding a throw rug, however, accentuates the floor and adds a little visual appeal, while also providing a bit of extra protection. Rugs are also a great place to place furniture; this will avoid scratching the wood floor.
Sand It Down
As a hardwood floor ages, regardless of how well it has been cared for, it will eventually need to be sanded and refinished. It can take a decade or two for this process to be necessary; however, if you are buying an older home, the flooring may already need this. It’s best to get an expert opinion on the matter, to ensure you are giving your floor the best possible treatment.
Hardwood floors are beautiful parts of a home. As such, they are investments and require regular care to reach their full potential.