If you had carpets in your home before, then you’re probably aware of the fact that they can easily stain, give you allergies or keep dust and dirt, but that’s certainly not the case with hardwood. While hardwood flooring is very simple to maintain, some people may ruin it if they don’t know how to do it. Therefore, if you want to keep yours in good shape, then make sure to use the following tips.
1. Avoid high heels and trim your pets’ nails.
To avoid dents or scratches in the floor, always trim your pets’ nails and never walk on the floor while wearing high heels. While fixing the damage is possible, it’s generally very expensive.
2. Use runners and area rugs in high traffic areas.
To better protect the hardwood floor against moisture, dirt and scratches, you need to consider using mats or area rugs in hallways, at entryways and anywhere traffic and dirt may damage your floors.
3. Use felt pads underneath furniture.
To protect your hardwood flooring from getting scratched, you need to consider using felt pads underneath the legs of the furniture, including couches, tables, chairs and so on.
4. Clean new floors regularly.
Your new floor should be properly cleaned from dirt and dust if you want to extend its lifespan. Only special hardwood cleaning products should be used. Also, do not overwater the floor, since you’ll eventually ruin it.
5. Keep a constant temperature in your home at all times.
If the temperature in your home varies considerably, then this will take a direct toll on your floor, causing it to contract, buckle and expand, therefore creating small or sometimes large gaps between the planks. By keeping these five tips in mind, you’re finally going to be able to keep your hardwood floor in good shape for many years to come.