Hardwood flooring can do a lot in terms of boosting the aesthetics of an interior. It’s classy, timeless, and best of all, relatively easy to maintain. A common misconception is that hardwood takes a lot of work to keep it looking the way it does.
However, as long as you know these simple tips and tricks, you can stay on top of its maintenance without too much hassle. Keep your Denver hardwood flooring in good shape so you can enjoy it for longer.
Remove Dust Regularly
It may seem tedious sweeping or dusting the floor on a daily basis shouldn’t take too much time, especially if the hardwood flooring is indoors anyway. Unless you constantly leave your windows or doors open, or foot traffic is particularly high in that area, then a simple go-over in that section shouldn’t be too bad.
If you don’t feel like doing it manually, there are vacuum cleaners safe enough for use on hardwood floors.
Wipe Spills Immediately
Wood absorbs moisture. Make sure to immediately wipe off any spills or droplets on its surface. To avoid discoloration, you can also finish off with a polisher.
A dry or slightly damp cloth is ideal for wiping off the spill. Do not use wet mops, because then you’re only further spreading the moisture. Apart from discoloration and potential decay, the wood could also crack because of how it naturally responds to moisture.
Remember that wood expands and contracts to depend on the level of humidity in its environment. Hardwood flooring, composed of slabs of wood put together, will undergo stress as they react to the humidity, thereby causing splits, gaps, and cupping.
Use the Right Floor Cleaners
Be careful about the cleaners you choose to use for your hardwood floors. Make sure that they are certified safe enough to be used on hardwood, specifically. Others could be too harsh, which could damage the wood surface, or leave it with unwanted splotches and stains.
Invest in Furniture Pads or Strollers
Depending on how often you bring things in and out of the house, through the hardwood floors, or if you often move furniture around, it would be ideal to use furniture pads. This way, you prevent the floor from being scratched.
Hardwood flooring is a great investment, but especially so if you are able to properly take care of it. Do these simple tips and do them regularly to make the most out of your hardwood flooring investment.