One of the most important things to consider, whether you are looking at installing new hardwood floors or you own them already, is the upkeep needed to keep them looking good. Their natural beauty makes hardwood look different in every home, yet their inherent characteristics turn good interiors into beautiful ones. However, hardwood flooring requires regular maintenance to protect against moisture, abuse, and damage. This also helps it last for a long time. Here are some tips to help you in protecting and maintaining your hardwood floor.
Protection from Moisture Damage
Most people think of flooding or spills when they think of moisture damage. These incidents certainly do happen and need to be dried up immediately. However, moisture damage can also result from changes in the humidity levels in your home. In the summer, keep your air conditioning and humidity control at a consistent level to prevent this kind of damage.
Keep an Eye Out for Physical Changes
Hardwood flooring is a natural product and thus it has a natural tendency for expansion and contraction. However, flooring that tends to raise and dip in areas is called cupping, and this is certainly not natural. Learn to recognize the difference between natural and unnatural changes and keep an eye out for any unnatural looks in your floor. Getting this repaired quickly is key since areas that have been cupping for long periods of time may need to be totally replaced if not taken care of earlier.
Protecting your floors from scratching can be done by taking some precautions. Consider using cloth furniture protectors underneath the feet of tables, chairs, and sofas. Also, think about removing your shoes when entering a room with hardwood flooring, particularly any high heels or other shoes that scuff easily. If you have pets, you may need to keep up more frequently with sanding and maintenance.
Protecting and maintaining your hardwood floor is important to make it last a long time and keep it looking as beautiful as the day it was installed!
Hardwood Flooring with John K Eareckson & Co.
At John K. Eareckson & Co., we pride ourselves on providing the best quality and craftsmanship in the Baltimore-Washington area, from custom hardwood installation and repairs to refinishing. So if you’re in the market for new hardwood flooring, pick up the phone and give us a call today! If you have any questions about new hardwood floors, please contact John K. Eareckson & Co. by calling 410-788-4200 or visit JKEHardwoodFlooring.com today for a free quote regarding any of your hardwood flooring needs. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter!