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Wood Flooring: How to Maintain | Tamalpais Hardwood Floors

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Wood flooring are always in style, now seemingly more so than ever. Taking proper care of hardwood floors is essential if you want them to last a long time. You have to know what impact wood flooring to keep it looking warm and welcoming. Here you can find some ways to prevent damage.

 

What do impact wood flooring?

Heavy traffic, pets, little children and their toys, or failing to protect wood flooring by not using furniture pads under heavy couches, cupboards, beds or sliding furniture, will cause scratching much faster. But the worst enemy for a hardwood floor is dirt. Dirt and dust make any surface look messy and can be harmful. Damage of wood flooring is discoloration that is extremely difficult to remove without sanding and refinishing.

 

Where do dirt and dust come from?

Most dirt comes in from the outside but is also comes from our pets, dead skin cells, food particles, oils from cooking etc. In addition, entryway rugs are sources for dirt when they are not properly cleaned. Dirt is then transferred to wood flooring when it becomes airborne or sticks to shoes and socks. We then scatter the dirt around and little scratches will soon be seen.

Place doormats at entry doors to catch any dirt, grit or water from outside and then clean it well. In addition, ask your family, guests and visitors to remove outdoor footwear before walking on your floor. It can prevent from unwanted dirt or damage.

 

Keeping your hardwood clean

Properly cleaning your hardwood floors will help them to retain their strength, reducing the potential for damage.

Sweeping

Keep your hardwood floors clean by sweeping frequently. Besides protecting the floors of your home or business, regular cleaning also has the benefit of making the building far more inviting. Regular brooms tend to move dust and small dirt particles around. Use a soft bristle brush to remove any visible dirt and dust from the surface of the floor. Better use a microfiber mop for a more effective sweep. This will let it continue to look as beautiful as the day it was installed.

 

Vacuuming

You should vacuum every week, hence some sweeping tools will leave behind dirt. Also, lift up and vacuum under area rugs frequently, since dirt gets underneath. Nothing removes dirt and fine debris from the cracks and crevices of a wood floor like a good vacuum cleaner.  The important thing is that your vacuum should ensure that it doesn’t damage the hardwood floor. Make sure your hardwood floor vacuums are designed to do just that. Another thing that can damage your wooden floor is the wheels of the vacuum. Make sure your vacuum has rubber wheels but not plastic or metal. That could leave your floor marred forever.  

 

Wet cleaning

After sweeping and vacuuming your wooden floor you should also remove more stubborn stains or dirt.  Don’t make the common mistake of using whatever floor cleaner you have on hand. It could have chemicals that damage wood. Never use furniture polish as it can leave a slippery residue. Instead, use a product that’s specially formulated for the surface of hardwood floors. Always try to clean the floor in the direction of the grain.

 

How to keep your wood flooring dry

Wood can get wet in a number of ways: a flood from outside from the rain, leaky pipes, ice damming, a toilet overflow, a leaky roof, a hurricane or storm, dishwasher or washing machine breaks. Water is a particularly potent threat to hardwood floors because it can cause warping. Due to the porous nature of wood, moisture can be easily absorbed into the material. When liquid of any kind is on your floor, damage can occur. The wet floor may also begin to buckle and cup when large amounts of water are absorbed as the planks swell.

If you have a flood on your hardwood flooring, remove the water and dry your floors as quickly. Use a dampened cloth for sticky spills, but dry the spot immediately with a microfiber pad.

If you remove the water from your hardwood floors quickly and properly dry them, you may be able to save the wood.  Most likely, you will need to sand and refinish the wood, and then your floors will look brand new. And, you’ll avoid the cost and hassle of ripping up and hauling away the hardwood as well as paying for new wood and installation.  Refinishing hardwood is way less expensive vs replacing it.

Fluctuating humidity levels can damage hardwood floors over time. Keep a room’s relative humidity level between 35 percent and 55 percent. You can use a humidifier in dry conditions and an air conditioner or dehumidifier in hot weather.

 

How to prevent floor damage from furniture

Moving furniture to re-decorate or clean is a prime opportunity for floor damage. It often seems easier to push or drag furniture around than to lift it up, but doing some can scratch the flooring.  Never drag them across your floor. Lift and carefully place down heavy objects and furniture. If you drag furniture, place a barrier such as a sheet of thin plywood or felt between the furniture and the floor. You can use a dolly when moving furniture.

Scratches and marks from furniture legs are some of the most prevalent threats to wood flooring. You can protect your hardwood floor using felt protector pads. Use it on the bottom of your furniture to diminish the risk of any scratches occurring. You can attach these tips to furniture with a built-in, non-damaging adhesive, and they will cushion the parts of the furniture that touch the wood floor directly.

Make sure that any old or new furniture is in good condition before placing it on your hardwood floor. Do some light sanding to the damaged legs to prevent scratches on your hardwood floors.

 

If you are going to renew your old hardwood floor or install a brand new hardwood floor make sure that you are aware how to protect your wood flooring. Tamalpais Hardwood Floors not only install hardwood floors but provide maintenance and other flooring services. We have experience serving San Francisco Bay Area and Marin for all of your flooring needs.

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