More than a colorful felt ball rug or attractively-painted tiles, a well-maintained hardwood floor can make your home look and feel comfortable, familiar, and stylish.
After years of superficial care, I had finally noticed the miserable state of my living-room’s hardwood floor.
Not only did it have large stains, but its smell resembled that of moldy, antiquated wood, giving the entire room an awful, untidy appearance.
With my reputation of careful, dedicated home-keeper, I could not stand the idea of people looking at my floors and questioning their cleanliness.
If you are anything like me, then you might not be aware of just how important it is to not only vacuum, but to occasionally mop it with an average cleaning product. Proper hardwood floor care and maintenance matters, and it can make a difference in how your home sweet home looks and feels.
Proper Care Keeps Floors Looking Beautiful
Unlike tiles and vinyl floors, hardwood ones are a bit more difficult to clean and maintain, requiring different tools and practices to be used. Though you might be tempted to use your standard canister vacuum for this task, I strongly suggest not to. Not all vacuum cleaners are up to this challenge, as hardwood floors have a rougher surface, and other crevices that make it impossible for an inadequate utensil to work properly.
Sweeping might not be the most enjoyable thing to do, but it can be miraculous for how your hardwood floors look. Needless to say, using the right utensils and practices can keep your floors looking as beautiful as the day they were installed, and a long time afterwards.
You will love the idea of stepping on a clean, shiny hardwood floor – I personally feel proud whenever someone admires its state.
On top of that, regular maintenance can save you time and money later as you will not have to struggle with removing old, stubborn stains, or replacing the whole floor.
Regular Cleaning Preserves The Durability of Hardwood
Improper maintenance can weaken your hardwood floors considerably, reducing their durability over the years.
Liquid and dirt can immediately infiltrate in your floors, making them more prone to scratches, tearing, and possibly mildewing. But when you approach a correct and efficient cleaning routine that involves the right tools and practices, this can change – a lot.
I should mention that two rooms in my home have hardwood flooring installed – the living-room, where hardwood has been installed for longer than ten years, and my master bedroom, where my husband installed it no longer than two years ago. Since it was already old, I didn’t care much to employ anything more than occasional sweeping for my living room. Today, the floor looks horrible, having stains that make it look like I haven’t cleaned it for several years.
Before you underestimate the harm of not sweeping your hardwood floors regularly, be sure to look at the perspective of having to replace them. It would cost you hundreds of dollars, plus days of struggle for your entire family!
Unstained Hardwood Can Make Your Home Valuable
There might be a moment when you will decide to finally sell your home – after all, why not? Perhaps you will get a better job opportunity in a different city, or you will simply decide to get a bigger house. Either way, selling your home will become necessary, and every aspect (such as cleanliness) will weigh a lot in its price.
Having clean and well-maintained hardwood floors can ramp up your home’s curb appeal, which translates to selling it for more money. In addition, clean, unstained floors can make your home easier to sell, and you won’t even have to spend any extra money on fixing or replacing them.
I admit – going through the same cleaning routine can become a chore, but you can earn a lot if you understand the importance of doing so.
Not only will this help you keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful, but it will also play a role in how well they can hold up to the hustle and bustle of daily life. It is much cheaper to maintain than to replace, and you will certainly feel satisfaction whenever someone compliments your floors’ cleanliness!
As a final piece of advice, be sure you have the following in your home to make sure that your hardwood floors will be in perfect state for a longer time:
- Soft-bristled broom + dustpan.
- Vacuum cleaner that works specifically for hardwood floors.
- Bucket + baking soda or other cleaning product that works solely for the type of finish your floors have.