Hardwood floors are beautiful, practical and if they are maintained properly, they are very likely to outlive all other flooring solutions you might possibly consider for your home. In order to experience the full benefits of having hardwood floors at home, you just need to know how to take care of them. It is easy. You do not need any expensive equipment, or to invest much time and energy into the process. The most basic rule when it comes to cleaning hardwood floors is not to forget to vacuum. Depending on the traffic the floor sustains, as well as several other specific factors, you can do that once or twice a week. There is no need to overdo on the vacuuming process. Vacuuming protects the finish of your hardwood floors and makes it look better.
The next one might sound obvious, but we should not miss to mention it – under no circumstances you should not allow your hardwood floors to get in contact with water. It will ruin the finish, cause deep staining of your hardwood floors and bloating. You do not want any of these things to happen, so whenever there is a water spill on your floors, make sure to wipe it immediately.
Get a doormat. There is no better way for preserving your floors than having people rub dirt and moisture off their shoes before entering your home. Keep in mind – the longer the doormat, the better.
If you have decided to re-wax or re-finish your hardwood floors, make sure to choose the right products for the material you have at home. Read carefully the labels, and if that is necessary, consult with a specialist, so that there are no unpleasant surprises in the end.
The best way to preserve your hardwood floors from permanent damage and wearing, especially in those high traffic areas that are most endangered by the possibility, is to cover them with area rugs. You can even combine the practical with the beautiful, by picking up the area rugs’ design in accordance to the colors and decoration you have at home, or by creating eye-catching focal points via the usage of appropriate decorative patterns.
Following some (or all) of these simple, yet very effective tips will ensure that your hardwood floors will be preserved in a perfect condition for longer, and you will have the opportunity to enjoy them.