It’s the perfect time to talk about the best ways to care for your hardwood flooring to extend the life and keep the costs of repair down.
Place interior and exterior doormats at all entrances to collect dirt and moisture to prevent it from being tracked onto the hardwood floor. Use a plastic storage mat to contain dirt and water for work and rain boots. Any moisture left on the hardwood floor may damage the fibers of the wood so keep a dry swivel-head mop with a terry cloth cover handy for quick clean-ups. A dry towel to wipe off Fido’s paws right when he comes in is also a good idea.
Speaking of pets, keep their nails trimmed to minimize finish scratches. A clever way to keep Fido’s food and water off the floor is to use the same kind of plastic storage mat as for the boots. The fancy pet mats are nice, but something that contains water if accidentally spilled is best.
Spring cleaning usually means moving furniture. Don’t roll or slide heavy objects directly on the floor. When moving appliances or heavy furniture, lay a solid protective covering on your floor and gently “walk” the item across it. Carpet or cardboard isn’t always adequate to prevent scratches. Attach felt pads where the furniture comes in direct contact with the floor and replace hard, narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers.
Area rugs are recommended in front of kitchen sinks, at all pivot points and in high traffic areas. Don’t use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings. The rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.
Opening the house in the spring to get rid of the dry, stale air from being closed all winter long is a must! Just make sure to protect your floor from ongoing direct sunlight with curtains or UV resistant film on large glass doors and windows. Also, keep relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55%.
Vacuum, sweep, or dust-mop your hardwood floor as needed. Don’t use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads. The vacuum head should have a soft brush or have a felt wand attachment. A swivel-head mop with a terry cloth cover is highly recommended to eliminate the finer particles of grit and dirt that can act like sandpaper on hardwood floors.
Never use any ammonia-based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax-based products, detergents, bleach, polishes, oil soap, abrasive cleaning soaps, or acidic materials such as vinegar on your hardwood floor. Many of these products can pit or etch the finish of your flooring. Plain hot water is your best bet, but use sparingly. The mop should be only damp - you don’t want to soak the floor. A hardwood floor saturated with water may cause permanent damage.
Spring is a wonderful time for hardwood floor refinishing since you can open the house for ventilation. Also, refinishing right before you go on that spring vacation gives the floor time to dry.
Creative Carpet & Flooring offers affordable hardwood floor refinishing in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. Our professionals will come in, sand away whatever remains of the original finish and then apply a brand-new polyurethane coating that will restore the floors beauty, durability and longevity.