New wooden floors – or restored old ones – can be a beautiful complement to your home. But they are also a big investment.
You can make the investment longer with some simple care tips. How to keep hard hardwood flooring well, long after installation or renovation
Start with a clean sweep
You need to sweep hardwood once a day, but your typical broom is not going to cut it. Invest in a dust mop such as O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Sweeper (which is what I use) or something similar. These pugs have wide heads that fold dust without making micro-scratches in the floor finish.
Be sure to push the mop in one direction and turn to rotate. Do not lift your head on the mop from the floor until you are done. If you lift the mop prematurely, dust and lint will be released into the air, and you will have to repeat the area you just finished. I learned this trick when I was a school watchman who cleaned the high school floor well back in the day.
When finished, there will be a line of gunk where your mop ended. Use a small microfiber brush and dust panel to collect it.
Then place the end of the mop in a garbage bag. Close the bag opening around the handle with your hand and give the mop a good shake to release dust and debris.
Keep it dry
This can counteract what you've learned about housekeeping, but don't use wet mops or boilers on your wooden floors. The moisture can damage the surface and can even damage the wood after some time, according to the National Wood Flooring Association.
Instead, use a cleaner that is made for wooden floors. Many of these products are designed to work with the type of finish you have on your floors, so make sure you read the labels before buying.
Carefully follow the instructions on the bottle when cleaning. It is usually recommended that you clean your floors only once a month with cleaning.
Clean your wooden floors properly, not the only thing that will keep them nice. You also need to take some preventative measures.
Clean spills or other moisture directly to avoid damage to the wood. A damp cotton or microfiber cloth is perfect for cleaning.
Consider applying a UV coating to your home windows. UV rays can bleach hardwood over time and leave discolored spots in areas that get the most sunlight.
Finally: Pointing things are bad. Sashay not over the floor in high heel shoes, for example. The pointed heel can leave divots in the wood. The furniture legs can also leave imprints and scratches, so be sure to place felt protectors on the bottom of each leg.
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