THIS IS HOW TO CARE FOR HARDWOOD FLOORS & MAKE THEM LAST

shutterstock_355308077Not all of us are contractors or have the convenient hardwood flooring expert cousin or friend of a friend. And, for all those of us who own homes, we’d really like to have a few of those skills sets today and then. We need to understand how to care for hardwood flooring.

From major disasters (like not knowing what to do about your base being rotted out by termites) to smaller problems (like how to switch off the water after leaving the house to your much earned month-long vacation) knowing how to care for your home is critical. Unfortunately, hardwood flooring care is not necessarily as”common sense” because we might like to think.

Here, we’re hoping to make caring for your home a little bit easier with some helpful tips and tiny things you can do to make sure the quality of your hardwood floors stays long after the kids are grown up and the dogs have gone to paradise. Therefore, if you are thinking about how to care for hardwood flooring, from pine to beech to oak, this article is for you.

In most cases with caring for hardwood flooring, the little things to ensure longevity pertain to appropriate cleaning and regular maintenance of your property. Below are some tips to help keep your hardwood floors pristine.

1. KEEP YOUR HARDWOOD FLOORS DRY

If you believe you can slop water blended with pine-sol onto your hardwood floors when you need to clean the dried up mud stain from the living room like you’re high school janitor think again. The wood will absorb the water, and you’ll dramatically reduce the quality of your flooring once the wood begins to warp and cup or depending on the requirements possibly rust.

2.Rather than MOPPING, TRY THIS:

Try to stick to sweeping hardwood flooring when they start to become dirty. In high traffic areas which are in danger of getting dirty from muddy shoes or unintentionally have a sticky beverage spilled, get creative with your decor and put down mats and rugs in these areas. Place a rubber lattice mat beneath to avoid slipping or the rug moving out of place. If you must use a little moisture for up a mess, use a cleaner that is formulated for hardwood and mists onto the surface, with a slightly dampened rag to help get up more stubborn messes.

While we’re on the subject, other cleaning products to avoid cleaning hardwood floors with are:

Soap-Based Detergents
Wax-Based Detergents

These products do nothing but cloud your complete and make build up on the surface of the wood.

Perhaps you don’t enjoy cleaning anyhow and were intending on getting the vacuum cleaner as your cleaning employ of choice. Sure we have fixed the moisture problem, but most traditional vacuums have metallic components that could easily scratch directly through the finish and eventually start damaging the wood itself.

INSTEAD OF VACUUMS AND STEAM CLEANERS, TRY THIS:

Put money into a microfiber cloth; it will readily attract and pick up dirt, allows access to hard to reach nooks and crannies when cleaning hardwood flooring. They are wonderfully washable, so if you encounter something particularly nasty no cleaning out a vacuum cleaner bag for youthrow it in the wash and allow the bad memory of that dead beetle covered in cobwebs behind the sofa wash away too. And, most robotic vacuum cleaners are mild enough for wood flooring, so don’t hesitate if this is what you’re using.

3. GET TO POLISHIN’ YOUR FLOORS!

Polishing may sound like something you would need to call a specialist in to, but nay my fellow it is simple. Just follow the instructions below and see your hardwood floors shine again.

HOW TO POLISH HARDWOOD FLOORS:

Think of it like when you’re painting an area, except you’re trying to get it to the floor.

  • Eliminate all the furniture in the room.
  • Give it a good cleaning before applying the polish
  • Apply the polish using an applicator — both polish and applicator are usually available in most stores (polish cans give instructions for what sort of applicator
  • permit the polish to place, if there’s a good deal of visitors in the area plan to leave the polish to set for at least a day undisturbed before returning to use. Places that are less frequented can be back in use typically in an hour or two.

Strategies for Technique:

  • Do not snare yourself into a corner: Be certain you’re working towards the exit, not away from it.
  • To guarantee evenness in the polish make sure you apply in strokes that are feathered (crisscrossed, for us non-painters). This technique also ensures no spaces are left bald.
    Polishing fills in most of the cracks and scratches from the regular wear and tear of life.

Engineered hardwood flooring can be performed every month or two or so based on how much wear and tear the area encounters.

STRIP IT AND REFINISH IT

As you learn to take care of hardwood flooring, 1 day, you may have to ask,’Can I refinish or replace my floors? ‘ vinyl hardwood floors is the biggest job of our brief collection of little tips. But, it’s easier than replacing them.

The process of refinishing hardwood flooring isn’t impossible. Some determination, a little elbow grease, and a Saturday should get the task done.

At this time, you don’t technically need to strip off the present end to refinish hardwood flooring, roughing it using sanding will allow the new coat to adhere just nice to the present finish. Products like polyurethane work very well for this project, though in elderly houses some of those waxes and finishes utilized won’t work with contemporary finishes. In that case, you are likely better off stripping off it and completely replacing it. If you are comfortable with power tools, then an electrical sander will become your ally in this project.

Vinyl flooring yourself follows the same process as polishing does, with the addition of this sanding or stripping, depending on your requirements before applying the fresh coating. Refinishing hardwood floors just needs to be done every few years, rather than every couple of months.

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