Hardwood Flooring Basics
It’s no secret that hardwood flooring installation adds immediate value and elegance to your home. In fact, hardwood flooring is one of the most popular flooring options in the States right now, and it’s easy to see why. Not only is hardwood flooring one of the most popular choices, but it’s also one of the most durable and desired. Available in a range of colors, styles, textures, and wood types, hardwood flooring evokes warm, calming emotions in our homes, making it an excellent choice for a variety of families seeking to add both serenity and class to their homes. But despite hardwood flooring’s unique and unparalleled beauty, taking care of your hardwood floors is integral to the longevity and health of the floors. If you’re considering hardwood flooring installation or are already the proud owner of hardwood flooring in your home, keep reading for some easy-to-use tips and tricks for keeping your hardwood flooring immaculate.
Ditch the Dust
It’s not just large chunks of dirt, rock, and other unsavory objects that can scuff your hardwood floors. Dust, which is a cocktail comprised of plant pollen, textile fibers, animal hairs, and human skin cells, collects daily, leaving an often invisible (albeit dirty) layer on our floors. If neglected, dust further collects and can usher in a host of less-than-ideal health issues in our homes. To combat this inevitability, we highly recommend a daily dust and/or sweep of your hardwood flooring. While this might sound like a lot of work, removing dust from our hardwood floors keeps tiny scratches from being dug into them. If left untreated, these tiny scratches can compound over time and cause real, deep damage to your hardwood floors. When dusting, use a microfiber rag, broom, or mop. This method traps the dust and rarely leaves debris behind.
Suck It Up!
It might sound strange, but taking the soft, brush-end attachment of your vacuum cleaner house to your hardwood flooring is an excellent way to ensure your floors remain clean. While it’s not needed daily, we do recommend taking a vacuum to your hardwood flooring at least once a week. This may understandably sound cumbersome given that we suggest dusting daily, but dusters and floor shammies just don’t lock away the debris the way a vacuum can. Further, vacuuming is a great way to “prep” your hardwood floors for the next step: mopping.
Wet ‘n’ Not-So-Wild
Once you’ve taken a vacuum to your hardwood flooring, you’re now ready for the final step of mopping. While we don’t recommend using nearly as much water as you might use on laminate or vinyl flooring while mopping, warm (not hot!) water works wonders for removing stubborn dirt, grime, and debris from nearly invisible scratches and natural grooves in your hardwood floors. Once thoroughly mopped, allow the floor to air dry or gently dry with a soft shammy or mop.