Are your beloved hardwood floors looking a bit worse for the wear? If so, there are many steps you can take to keep your floors looking beautiful and help them survive longer. Try these tips from the experts at SVB to prevent further wear and tear.
Need help caring for your wood floors? Check out these tips in SVB’s 4 Seasons of Wood Floor Care
Wipe Your Feet, Please!
Try using rugs and mats at the entrances to your home to eliminate bringing in the outside elements.
Whether it’s water, mud, dirt or debris, all these elements can cause damage to your wood floors, so it’s important to avoid them when you can.
Ditch the Shoes
While some homeowners feel awkward telling their guests to ditch their shoes at the door, we suggest, at the very least, encouraging your family to do so when they enter your home.
High heels and heavy shoes can not only cause dents and damage, but the debris you bring inside from your shoes can also cause scratches too! If anything, try to have guests wipe their feet when they enter to prevent debris build up.
Felt Pads Are Friends
Are you constantly sliding around and rearranging furniture? The legs on your dining room chairs, couches and tables can cause severe scratches to your hardwood floors over time.
Using felt pads on the bottom of any furniture feet can prevent those unsightly scratches and prolong the life of your floor immensely.
Clean up the Mess
Want to take it a step further? Break out the Swiffer and do a daily dust and dirt removal to add some extra shine in no time!
Wipe up the Water
Whether it’s being tracked in from the outdoors, or you forget to wipe up a small spill here or there, water will inevitably cause your floor’s finish to dull. But how will you mop?!
If you do mop, make sure it is with as little water as possible and be sure to go over them with a microfiber cloth to absorb any leftover moisture.
Related Read: Humidifier Tips for Hardwood Floor Owners
Choose the Right Cleaners
Many people don’t realize it, but certain cleaning solutions can wreak havoc on your hardwood floors. When your floor does need a more detailed clean, make sure you use a cleaner appropriate for wood floors and always check with the manufacturer’s directions.
Are Your Wood Floors past the Point of No Return?
Do you think your floors are too worn and damaged for these tips to help? Call the experts at SVB Wood Floors! Refinishing your hardwood floors can bring them back to their original shine and beauty.
SVB will repair any major areas of damage or wear, and finish your floor with your choice of stain and sealer, for a brand new looking floor, without the hassle of a complete new installation.