Hardwood floors give your home an elegance and finesse that carpets cannot, but they make up for the looks by requiring lot of TLC to keep them looking the same way they did when they were put in.
I love my hardwood, and my family has a lot of fun on it, but it does tend to wear away at the wood.
Here are 10 tips to keep your hardwood protected from life!
- Keep it clean – Clean hardwood looks, feels, and even smells better. If it’s clean, there’s less of a chance for grit to wear away at your finish, or water to soak through! This seems simple, but can be the hardest step!
- Take off the shoes – Shoes, especially cleats, boots, and heels, can leave dents in your floor board. Save yourself the hassle and just go full socks! Shoes come off at the door, and it keeps the whole floor clean.
- Vacuum your floor – This could fall under the first tip, but it’s so important that I decided to give it its own! Vacuuming your hardwood is one of the best ways to keep it free of dust, hair and grime, all of which are harsh on your finish! Just be careful and avoid bulky machines that are hard to maneuver as they often cause accidental scratches. We recommend sticking to more versatile vacuums like Dyson, which feature state of the art ball technology for easy gliding.
- NO water – Water and wood just don’t mix. If you spill something, wipe it up immediately. Don’t let water stand on it for too long. It’s dangerous to people, and it can seep down and cause all sorts of mold problems. Avoid water, and keep it dry!
- Put a rug in busy areas – No matter what you do, your floor will eventually reflect the number of people who have stepped on it. Cover high traffic areas with a rug to keep it beautiful for longer.
- Be careful with your furniture – Your furniture easily leave dents and scrapes just like your shoes. Protect your floor by stopping contact between the floor and furniture legs. I’ve seen tennis balls, but my favorite are little sticky pads that you can buy at the store just for this purpose!
- Clean regularly – Spring cleaning is great, but your hardwood needs more than a seasonal cleaning. Set sweeping and vacuuming into your weekly routine, and don’t skip out!
- Keep temperature and humidity constant – Wood reacts differently to temperature and humidity, and will expand or contract depending on it. Keeping them constant keeps your floor reacting the same way, and can prevent deformation.
- Consider a polyurethane finish – This acts as sort of a protective coat over your hardwood. It’s especially important in humid climates, or when you expect a lot of moisture (especially in cases with kids or pets). An extra layer can make a big difference in number of dents and scratches!
- Be gentle – Hardwood floors are hard, but they require a gentle touch. When cleaning, or crossing, remember that your hardwood isn’t perfect, and that a soft cloth is always better than a hard scraper!
These tips can help you protect your hardwood and let you enjoy its beauty for longer. Practice them consistently. Give it some TLC, and make it last.