What You Need To Know About Caring For Your Hardwood Floors
Even when hardwood floors have been neglected, the shine and beauty lay hidden beneath the rough exterior. Another quality of hardwood floors that homeowners in Myrtle Beach value, is the variety of shades and patterns available. Some of the hardwoods available are teak, mahogany, cherry, walnut, redwoods, and the list continues.
The variations in grain and color offer even more choice for the designing homeowner. Once you have chosen the species of wood and the specific color for your decorating preferences, you can also choose or design the placement options that will result in a subtle wood pattern or a bold and intricate design of laid wooden pieces. If you are looking for flooring that is just a little different from your neighbors’ floors, hardwood flooring might be just the right choice for you.
One of the most desirable traits in maintaining hardwood floors is the ease of maintenance. All floors require some kind of daily maintenance. For some flooring types this includes vacuuming and for some mopping, hardwood floors look beautiful when swept daily. Hardwood floors are the base of every modern home, complementing a wide variety of interior decor schemes and adding a sense of effortless elegance. However, properly caring for them can be a bit of a challenge.
Hardwood Floors Maintenance Tips
Wipe up spills immediately. If any moisture is left on your hardwood flooring, even if it is just water, it can result in damage and discoloration that is almost impossible to repair.
Vacuuming is just for carpets, right? Wrong! By vacuuming your hardwood flooring, you will be able to keep it dust-free and looking its best with very little effort on your part. Try to vacuum at least every second day. Unless absolutely necessary, try not to use a mop to clean this type of flooring. As already mentioned, the liquid of any kind can damage it beyond repair. In order to maintain that ‘just cleaned’ shine, be sure to wax wooden flooring regularly instead.
No Shoes Policy. Do not wear high heels when walking on your floors. The heels, especially if they are of the stiletto variation, can dent the delicate wooden surface of the floor. You might want to consider implementing a ‘no shoes’ policy in your home in an effort to stop this from happening.
High temperatures can result in damage to the wood. With this in mind, it is important to keep your household temperature at a maximum of 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Call in the hardwood flooring professionals every few years in order to restore the shine of your hardwood floors. The professionals will sand the surface, thus getting rid of any discoloration. They will also work on restoring the original shine by applying a new coat of varnish.
Ensure that you have thick curtains that can cover your windows when the sunshine gets a bit much. Too much sunshine can often result in discoloration.
Trim your pets’ nails on a regular basis. Long nails and claws have the potential to scratch the surface of your hardwood floors.
Excessive foot traffic will wear down your floors very quickly. Because of this, it may be a good idea to place a rug or two in the areas that see the most foot traffic on a daily basis.
Maintaining and caring for hardwood flooring need not be a challenging or tiring task. Arm yourself with the right tools and products, and you will ensure a healthy, glossy appearance for many years to come.
Flooring Myrtle Beach has a wide selection of not only hardwood floors but flooring of any type and design. Call today to schedule a time with one of our designers.