Hardwood floors are great and the perfect accent to any home. They are easy to clean and bring luxury wherever they go. So what’s better than having your floors and keeping them beautiful? We at Unique Home Building want to leave you with our best tips to caring for your hardwood floors.
First, take care. Remove shoes when indoors. It’s becoming quite common, so don’t worry about inconveniencing your guests. They’ll be just fine. Sweep or vacuum regularly. Wipe up spills immediately. Stick to gentle cleaners.Care for the details.
Once a week, make sure to use a dust mop for loose dirt, hair, animal shedding, dust and other debris. It’s pretty easy to find cloths that are electrostatic, disposable or even wood cleaning sprays. You can also simply sweep or vacuum it up. Just be sure you do the more detailed method on a weekly basis.
Monthly, commit to cleaning the whole area with a product meant just for for hardwoods. Be sure to follow the directions and not to leave too much or standing water on the floor, because you will damage the floors permanently. Use a sponge or mop and rinse as needed.
Remove scuffs and marks as you notice them.
Scuffs happen. They usually happen from dragging items, furniture and shoes. So first of all, keep those shoes off indoors. Second, place felt pads on the underside of all furniture. Lastly, if you do get scuffs, they’re relatively easy to get out. Here’s how:
- Pencil Eraser. This is the easiest and is best for small scuffs.
- Scuff Eraser. Meant for bigger jobs, and can be found at most hardware stores.
- Acetone. For more stubborn scuffs, but be careful. Acetone is strong and can dry out the surface of the wood. So make sure to follow up with an oil-based solvent to restore shine and condition.
- Lastly, a more natural option is a paste made from baking soda and vinegar. Let the paste sit for about an hour and then scrub off with a dish pad or paper towel.
At Unique home building have a lot of experience with wood floors in both our remodels and our custom builds. They are an accessible luxury you deserve to enjoy in your home. So be educated and know how to take good care of them and contact Unique Home Building for all your remodeling and home care needs!