Caring for your flooring is important, no matter what type of flooring you choose. If you install carpet into your new home, it is important to vacuum and have them cleaned regularly to ensure they last a long time. The same is true for hardwood, because beauty can depreciate over time with improper maintenance. Whether the floors you select are dark or light, solid wood or engineered with laminate, you may want to consider a particular cleaning schedule.
Gravel and dirt are hard on a hardwood floor. Even little particles can have sharp shards and damage the floor, which is why it is important to remove all dirt and gravel immediately. If you can find the time, committing to weekly dusting or vacuuming, you floors can stay clean and beautiful all year round. In between the weekly cleanings, daily upkeep may also be necessary.
Getting in between the boards is always a good idea, because even the smallest cracks can hide crumbs, dirt, and debris. Vacuuming is great because it can suck up dirt that has gone through the little cracks. Sometimes the gaps are so small, but there is always some form of crevice to consider.
Also consider purchasing products that are specially formulated for your hardwood floors. Wood cleaners and household products made for dusting may not do the trick, and some of them even contain chemicals that can lead to stripping or staining.
Lastly, always consider adding felt to the bottom of all furniture legs to avoid scratches. This includes stools, tables, chairs, high chairs, and other pieces that are moved around. For more information about maintaining the wood floors in your home, click here.
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