How To Maintain Hardwood Floors

Few types of flooring have the same classic appeal as simple hardwood. Installing hardwood flooring into one’s home doesn’t just beautify the space, but actually increases property value. It’s not cheap either, so it’s important that you treat it like the investment that it is.

Today we’ll cover 5 ways that you can protect that investment.

1. Dust & Vacuum Every Week

Some would contend that you need to be dusting your floors every day, but few of actually have time for that. Realistically, you should shoot for once a week. When dusting your floor, it’s best to use a microfiber cloth, which will help you catch all the dirt, hair, and allergens.

Additionally, vacuuming with a soft-bristled attachment will go a long way towards keeping your floors in like-new condition. Just make sure that you don’t let the wheels on your vacuum scratch your flooring!

2. Use A Damp Mop With Floor Cleaner Every Month 

Once every month, it’s advisable to take a mop and dampen it with a small amount of floor cleaner. If you have already applied a protective sealant to your flooring, make sure that it’s going to jive with your floor cleaner of choice before you start.

3. Polish Your Floor Every Few Months

If your hardwood flooring has any kind of finish on its surface (which, it probably does), then getting on your hands a knees once every few months for some polishing can go a long way! Most flooring finishes are polyurethane based and designed to give your floor that shine you see in new houses. Over time, this shine will begin to fade, but you can counteract that process with regular polishing. 

4. Cover Your Windows To Prevent Heat & UV Damage

We tend to think of feet, furniture, and animal claws as the most immediate threats to the well-being of our flooring, but there are other, less-obvious dangers that need to be considered. Among the biggest are heat and UV rays. Both can cause long term damage to your floors, but can be prevented by simple drawing the curtains shut during the day. Make a habit of it.

5. Protect Your Floor From Your Furniture

It’s no secret that dragging furniture around on your floors can do serious damage fairly quickly. Outfitting the bottom of your furniture legs with stick-on felt protectors will go a long way towards preventing this type of damage. Alternatively, you can purchase carpets to cover high-friction areas of your home… but what’s the point of having hardwood floors if you can’t see them? Our advice to to put something soft on the legs of all your chairs and tables.

Also: Get Your Floor Refinished Every 3 Years

No matter how diligently you maintain your floors, major repairs will be required periodically. The most common form these repairs take is refinishing. You should plan on getting your floors refinished every 3 to 5 years.

Don’t worry! We’re here to help. Whether you need to have your floors refinished, or even replaced, we at Nash Flooring are ready to help. Get in touch today to get an estimate!