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When I moved into my current home, I spent a lot of time cleaning the existing flooring. The kitchen, mudroom, and bathrooms all contained linoleum floors. The rest of the home was carpeted. No matter how hard I worked, I failed to remove the hairspray from the linoleum flooring in the bathrooms. I also could never remove the stains out of the carpet. Thankfully, I decided to I replace my carpet and linoleum floors with hardwood ones a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve been able to simplify the cleaning process. I spend much less time scrubbing floors; and, my floors look cleaner than they ever did before. On this blog, you will learn the benefits of purchasing hardwood flooring.

A Few Tips For Maintaining Your Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood floors are beautiful and add warmth and comfort to a room. However, if you do not properly maintain them, they make that same room look cold and unwelcoming. Taking care of wood floors is not difficult, but it does require a bit of work and dedication. Here are some tips to help you keep them looking great.

Sweeping

Clear all the dust and debris from the floor daily. This can be done with a broom or a dust mop, preferable the dust mop because it is softer. Dirt and dust have sharp edges that can scratch any sealant or varnish and even scratch the wood. In addition, if left to sit on the surface they will become ground in where they can cause more damage.

Cleaning

Use only products designed for wood floors to clean them. You should not use water and a mop or a steam cleaner on wood as it can cause it to bloat or warp and will dull the finish. Cleaning should only be done once a month unless you have something unusual happen such as a lot of rain that brings mud into the house. It is best to have area rugs at all entrances for people to wipe their feet before walking on the wood floor and to have people take off their shoes.

Waxing

It is possible to overwax a wood floor, making it dull and yellow. If the floor is looking dull, try buffing it first. If this does not work, you may need to strip some of the wax off with a product made for wood floor stripping. If you are unsure of how to do this, contact a professional to avoid damaging your floor.

Reorganizing

If you are going to move furniture around in the room, make sure you have enough help to lift the piece off the floor; do not drag it. If you must move something across the floor without lifting it, be sure to place a pad under it. You should also a good idea to have pads under the feet of all furniture to prevent accidental scratching.

Properly maintained hardwood floors can last decades. While you may need to sand and refinish them once or twice, it will be well worth it. If you do decide to sell your home, the floor will only add to the price and interest. The main reason to take care of it though is to enjoy it yourself. For more information, contact your local hardwood floor maintenance service. 

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21 June 2018