A new floor is a huge investment in your home. Even getting an existing floor refinished or refurbished can be a huge commitment in terms of money and time. So once the process is done, it makes sense to do as much as you can to maintain and protect that investment. You should be doing routine maintenance, but there are also preventative measures you can take to limit wear and damage on your hardwood floors.
Clean the Floors
Sure, this is a no-brainer, but it is about more than just mopping up spills. You should be sweeping your floors daily to make sure that there is no accumulation of grit or any other debris that could scratch the surface. Even tiny scratches over time will build up and make the floor’s surface seem dull and dingy. But you also don’t want to over-clean the floors with chemical cleaners, as they can damage the finish. Find out from your installer what type of finish your floors have (oil-based or a lacquer). This will make a difference in the best types of cleaners to use and how often to use them. When you do mop the floor, use a damp mop – excess water on the mop head can do more damage to the floor than dirt. Do the homework so that you know what works best, and your floors will reward you with greater longevity.
Get A Mat
Putting floor mats at the doorways to a room or home is a great way to limit the dirt and grit that gets tracked in. There are even flooring options that allow for the mat to be sunk slightly in a mat well so that it doesn’t slide around. The may that you choose should be sturdy enough to scrape the grit and dirt from outside off of peoples shoes as they walk over it. This has the added bonus of decreasing how much dirt you’ll have to sweep up. Alternatively, you could institute a no-shoes rule in your home, but that has its own complications, and it won’t help with the dirt tracked in by pets.
Cover Furniture Feet
Furniture is another common source of scratches and damage to floors, especially chairs. Luckily there is a super simple solution. There are many styles of felt pads available for applying to the feet of furniture and they are a great way to protect floors. Most have adhesive, but there are also nail in options. The biggest thing to remember is that you have to monitor those pads for wear so that the nail head doesn’t start sticking out and doing its own damage.
Questions? RPS Flooring is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to care for your hardwood floors, we here at RPS Flooring are here to help. Our trained professionals will answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call or come and visit our showroom to check out our selection of commercial and residential flooring options. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.