How to Maintain Hardwood Floors

The elegance of wood flooring has appealed to the our aesthetics since ancient times. The beauty of hardwood floors is timeless, as evidenced by its continuing incorporation into modern decor. As beautiful and envy-evoking as it is are, those who maintain wood flooring know the pain of making it always appear spotless and trendy, especially in a land as sunny as Phoenix.

With a few straightforward but committed measures, you can prolong the original quality of your hardwood floor for a lifetime.

● Humidity

Humidity can cause irrevocable damage to the texture and nature of wood. If any liquid spills on the floor, remember to wipe it dry immediately. Similarly, avoid using wet sponges or steam to clean the hardwood surface as it causes gradual dilapidation over time leading to the formation of cracks, splits, and gaps on the timber. It is better to prevent anything with water content from spilling or seeping into the hardwood floor. Be prepared with drying clothes, mats, and shoe racks to immediately deal with the inevitable water spill emergencies during the monsoon and winter.

Kitchen, bathrooms, and basements tend to contain too much humidity when compared to other spaces in a home or building. It is generally recommended to avoid establishing hardwood flooring in such unfavorable environments.

● Cleaning Routine

Cleaning is a chore no one relishes in partaking. But, to keep your hardwood floor neat and dust-free, it is recommended that you sweep or dust every day. You could minimize the scattering of dust by strategically arranging floor mats by the doors that see the most footfalls from outside. Avoid using your outdoor shoes inside to prevent the hardwood floor surface from getting scraped or dirty.

Use a slightly damp cloth (a big NO to wet clothes or mops) to wipe the surface clean of all the grime sticking to the surface. Weekly vacuuming is a foolproof and risk-free approach to cleaning the hardwood floor without leaving behind any trace of moisture at once, removing all the accumulated dirt in the nooks and lines.

Use floor cleaners (judiciously) to disinfect as well as perfect the cleaning course. However, it is imperative to choose a product made specifically for cleaning hardwood floors. Chemical cleaners tend to leave a residual layer on the surface of timber that creates a haze that reduces the appearance of hardwood floor to a muted dull.

● Scratches

The most significant trouble your hardwood floor is always vulnerable to is getting scratch marks from just about anything sharp or rough, like furniture scuffs or shoe cleats. Insulate the bottom of furniture with bushes or pads to facilitate smooth maneuvering and cleaning.

• Periodical Recoating

Hardwood floor retains their charm through the time when it are given diligent attention and care. When the years start to take their toll on its appearance, you can sand the surface and refinish it with a coating to eliminate dullness and retrieve the unique look of timber.

The rule of the thumb is to refinish the hardwood flooring at least every five years as a proactive step to stunt further damage to the quality and appearance of the wood.

Hardwood floors are at the disadvantage of contraction, expansion, and eventual splitting and cracking depending on the temperature they are exposed to. To weather the heat of Phoenix hardwood floor needs to be refinished periodically by manually sanding the trodden layer off and then recoating with timber stain and lacquer to get the gloss back as fresh as it ever was.

As a derivative of a natural product, wood flooring exhibits incredible resilience and recovery when repaired at the right time with the correct methods. When the luster of timber starts waning, you can also forego sanding and get the hardwood floor refinished to extend the lifespan of the flooring.

A little extra love is all it takes to keep your hardwood floor the highlight of your interior decor.