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Care and Maintenance for Hardwood Floors

Care and Maintenance for Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors never seem to go out of style, and there's a good reason for that: they add a timeless sense of beauty and elegance to almost any room. That said, if you want your floors to remain beautiful for years to come after the remodeling experts have gone home, you need to protect your investment with some common-sense care and maintenance.

Hardwood floors never seem to go out of style, and there's a good reason for that: they add a timeless sense of beauty and elegance to almost any room. That said, if you want your floors to remain beautiful for years to come after the remodeling experts have gone home, you need to protect your investment with some common-sense care and maintenance. Here are some tips to help keep your new wood floors looking their best.

Keep dirt off the floor

You might be surprised to learn that the best way to protect the finish of your hardwood floors is just to keep them clean. The biggest risk to wood flooring is scratching�not just from pets' claws or furniture legs, but from everyday dirt and grit. When your floor accumulates dust and dirt over time, those dirt particles can scratch or dull the wood finish when you walk on it. The best way to prevent this is by sweeping or vacuuming regularly. If you're using a vacuum, use the hard floor attachment, nothing with a beater bar (which can also scratch the wood). To reduce the amount of dirt that accumulates on the floor, use doormats both inside and outside exterior doors. Clean any spills immediately with a soft cloth to keep the floor from getting stained.

Take care with fluids during deeper cleaning

Wood floors don't like water or other liquids. Never wet-mop a wood floor, as the water and detergent can cause warping and separation of the wood panels. Also, avoid using abrasive cleaners or anything containing oil or ammonia. Instead, only use cleaning agents recommended by the manufacturer, and only according to the instructions. (If you're doing basic cleaning on a regular basis, you should only have to do deeper cleaning once or twice a year.)

Keep sharp objects off the floor

Anything sharp that could cause scratches to your floor should be kept off of it. Use protective padding on furniture legs. Cover play areas with a rug to limit contact with children's toys. Keep your pet's toenails trimmed, and don't walk on the floor with spiked soles or heels.

Apply stain or sealant

One great way to add protection to your hardwood floor is by applying a stain or other sealant to coat the floor. This step also allows you to customize the color and finish of the wood to your preference. You can have the stain or sealant applied professionally at the time of installation, and re-seal it every few years or so as needed.

Dealing with scratches, stains and damage

Despite your best efforts, sometimes the unexpected happens, and your wood floor may get scratched, stained or damaged, either through accidents, fire damage or flooding. If this happens, don't panic. Scratched or dulled wood floors can usually be renewed by buffing and refinishing, and a trusted restoration and remodeling company will often have solutions to help restore your floor in more extreme cases. In the case of flooding, the key is to get the water removed as quickly as possible, so call a water damage restoration company as soon as possible.

For the best home remodeling and damage restoration services in Portland, trust the experts at Willamette Restoration Services, Inc. With more than 20 years in the business, they have built a reputation for quality remodeling, and they know all the tricks and techniques to restore your home to pre-accident condition. To learn more about installing hardwood floors in your home, or for emergency restoration services, they can be reached at (971) 252-3003.

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