Hardwood floors are a beautiful way to change up your home or room by adding a sophisticated and timeless look. However, before you take the plunge and switch to hardwood it is important to know how to take care of it. Here are 5 misconceptions on how to take care of flooring.
A lesser known fact is that using the wrong vacuum attachment can cause scratches on your flooring. When your hardwood floor becomes scratched, it can begin to hide more dust, making the floors harder to clean. Instead, opt for a soft brush or felt attachment with less resistance.
Wood floors are porous which means they have the ability to absorb and hold onto moisture. When you are mopping you can run a greater risk of the water seeping into the floor causing it to swell. You can still mop when needed, but instead of submerging your mop in water keep it slightly damp to help maintain a polished look.
Common and cost-effective cleaners are vinegar and ammonia. These cleaners are extremely effective at removing stains or debris. However, no matter how effective this method may be, it slowly eats away at the finish over the hardwood flooring. Baking soda and abrasive bottled sprays will lessen the protective coating of your hardwood floors over time. Opting for an oil-based cleaning product is your best bet. They are known not to damage the woods appearance, prematurely age the wood, or diminish the protective surface.
We recognize that accidents do happen, and it is almost impossible to avoid spills on the floor. When an accident happens mop or clean it up right away. Excessive amounts of water left on the hardwood floor can cause the wood to buckle.
It is important to maintain and clean your hardwood floors. Wood floors need regular attention to ensure they continue to look as good as new. Did you know that sweeping your floors regularly not only eliminate dust but also extends the lifespan of the wood?
Your Spartanburg flooring professionals are here to answer any questions you may have on mistakes to avoid cleaning your hardwood floors. Feel free to contact us using our online form or call us at 864-595-3850.