Hardwood floors can last 100 years or more with proper care and maintenance but not everyone knows all the rules. These floors are more resilient than carpet flooring, tile and and linoleum floors. You benefit aesthetically and avoid the common issues that come along with Carpet Flooring Even so, owners can make simple mistakes that can cause damage needing professional repair. There are differences in Unfinished and Prefinished flooring care and not all cleaning products are made the same. Before you make a simple mistake check out this list of Hardwood Floor No-No’s!
Don’t pour cleaning product directly on floor
It may be tempting to create a puddle of cleaner to spread spread over your floor but this can cause the same effect of water damage. Cleaning products that are liquid can be absorbed into wood, cause swelling and an uneven look over time.
Don’t Neglect your Sweeping Chores
Remember to sweep regularly, as built-up sand and dirt can act like sandpaper, scraping the gleam off of your floor. Pre-Finished floors are notorious for seams.
Don’t Style and Profile in High Heels across your Hard Woods
A hard, pointed heel is perfectly suited to ruining the finish. Remember, there is no such thing as a scratch-proof finish. It is wise to leave high heels at the door and make sure that they are always in good shape. Damaged high heels can quickly become a chisel on your wood floor. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
Don’t drag furniture or heavy appliances over your hardwood floors.
Heavy furniture should be lifted carefully off of the floor and placed back on the floor once in their new position. Felt pads, furniture straps, and additional assistance are all good ideas when moving heavy objects over wood floors. Although a bit over the top ,the image below suggests a sporty way of gaurding against the possibility of scratching.
Don’t forget that water can leak from potted plants!
Only use products for Wood Flooring
Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes causes wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
Hardwood Floors have a Water Phobia
Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue. Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
Don’t leave wood flooring unprotected in high water areas
For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink. If you have wood flooring in the bathroom be sure to place rugs in from of those water spouts too.
What you wax on may not wax off!
Never apply wax to a floor with a urethane finish as they can make the surface slippery. You should not buff or polish these floors either.
Don’t deny yourself more Hardwood Floors in your space!
Don’t hesitate to incorporate hardwood into most every room. Today’s finishes make hardwood products an attractive choice that’s easy to maintain and extraordinarily beautiful.
A well finished hardwood floor offers endless natural beauty, long-term durability, and will last for many generations with proper care. Should your wood flooring ever need refinishing, please let us know and we would be happy to restore your floors to their original beauty.