Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Taking Care of Hardwood Floors

The tint and texture of hardwood lends a certain warmth to every home. With hardwood floors, any home - whether modern or traditional - can take on a casual, but polished, elegance. 

But wood is extra susceptible to damage from elements and daily foot traffic and activity. As such, it is important to take care of the wood. Look to the following tips below to preserve their rich color, texture, and sheen:

Vacuum regularly.
Keeping your wooden floor clean means that there’ll be less dust, grit, dirt, and debris that can damage or cause discolorations in the wood. Vacuuming is the most efficient means of cleaning hardwood flooring. Use a vacuum cleaner with a bare floor attachment to protect the wood from scuffing or damage.

Make use of rugs.
Place rugs in key high-traffic areas to prevent scuffing from footwear. Opt to wear indoor slippers or go barefoot. Likewise, place rugs on spots that are susceptible to water and other spills, like in the kitchen (say, in front of the fridge or the sink), the bathroom doorway, and the front and back doorway, especially during the rainy season.

Pad the bottom of your furniture.
Put stick-on felt protectors to the bottom of furniture to keep them from damaging the wood. Lift instead of pushing or dragging along the floor when moving a piece of furniture; or lift and set the furniture on a slipmat.

Block sunlight.
Direct sunlight causes discolorations in the wood. Use blinds or sheer curtains on your windows.


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