Today I am welcoming Vickie Bailey with a Guest Post about Hardwood Floors. I absolutely LOVE our hardwood floors and appreciate the advice here. Thanks Vickie!
How to Maintain a Hardwood Floor
A well maintained hardwood floor is a
thing of beauty. Not only do hardwood floors look stunning on their own merits,
but they’re also capable of perfectly complementing almost any home interior
design scheme. It’s no wonder that they’ve remained such a popular choice with
homeowners over the years. Modern companies such as The
Reclaimed Flooring Company exist solely to provide house proud
homeowners with the wide selection of hardwood flooring styles that are so in
However, despite how amazing they
look, a great many homeowners still choose to cover up their hardwood floors
with laminate or carpet. Why would they do such a thing? It’s simple. Hardwood
floors require a very special kind of maintenance to keep them looking
wonderful. And if you don’t put the time and effort into maintaining a hardwood
floor, before too long it will lose its natural lustre.
All floors need a basic amount of
cleaning, and this goes double for hardwood flooring. To make sure you’re
cleaning your hardwood floor to an adequate standard, it’s always helpful if
you implement a simple cleaning regime which you can refer to on a regular
basis. First dust your floor with a soft mop, making sure to use a dusting
agent which will pick up any stubborn bits of hair or dirt. Every other week,
use a vacuum cleaner on your floor for extra intensity, and once a week go over
your floor with a disposable dusting cloth.
Your hardwood floor will also require
a regular deep clean, to ensure that stubborn materials, such as oil and dirt,
are removed completely. This will necessitate the use of a special wood
cleaning product. Make sure to choose one which is
compatible with your type of flooring. If in doubt, ask a store assistant to
help you or get in touch with the company who supplied your flooring in the
first instance. First dust as normal, then apply the product. Damp mop, then
rinse, and make sure not to stand on your floor when it is still wet.
Stubborn Stains and Marks
If your floor is looking a little
scuffed, you may wish to attempt to remove these marks. Do so carefully, and by
hand, unless you want to run the risk of permanently damaging your flooring.
Certain products will easily get rid of surface stains, but if the stain has
penetrated further don’t be tempted to go after it with sandpaper or harsh
chemicals, which will irreparably damage your floor. Consult with a
professional and, if in doubt, leave it alone. Sometimes the beauty of a
hardwood floor lies just as much in the story of its existence – stains and all
– as it does in how it looked brand new.