Hardwood flooring is a significant investment for your home. However, wood is an organic material and as such is not as durable as stone or ceramic flooring. There many steps you can take to protect this investment. We are going to discuss some of things that you should avoid if you want to keep your hardwood flooring in good condition.
Be Careful with Chemicals
Detergents, bleach, and other cleaning materials can damage and dissolve the protective layer over your floor or even the floor itself. Because of this, you should carefully select what you use to clean your hardwood flooring. You should never use things like dish soap, bleach, pledge, oil, ammonia, vinegar, or wax on. Only use cleaning products designed for cleaning wooden floors or you could risk serious damage. Even when using appropriate cleaning agents, make sure to quickly spread them out.If soap or water sits for too long on one spot, it can soak into the wood and give it an irregular texture and coloration over time. Make sure to treat any spills and pet stains immediately. The longer you let spills sit on the floor, the more damage they can do.
Protect from heavy traffic
Flooring is also in danger from the physical abuse it can sustain from improper use. For example, high heeled shoes put lots of pressure on very small areas of the floor. This can dent your floor and make it highly uneven over time. Similarly, make sure to put protective pads on the bottom of pieces of heavy furniture. Otherwise they will also contribute to long-term denting. You should never drag furniture over hardwood flooring. Picking up and carrying heavy pieces ensures that you do not make any scratch markings or cuts in the floor. Pet claws can also cause damage to floors, so make sure to trim them appropriately.
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!