Kelly’s Carpet Omaha Wood Floor Maintenance Guide
After spending the time and money on looking for the perfect hardwood flooring for your Omaha home and having it installed, you’ll probably want to keep your floor strong and looking beautiful for as long as you can in order to avoid the tiring process again. Here are some basic tips and answers to common questions in order to maintain a long and lovely life for your new hardwood floors.
Basic Care Tips for Maintaining Your Wood Floor’s Beauty Longer
Hardwood floors effortlessly bring warmth and beauty to any home, but unfortunately caring for them takes a lot more effort. Humidity itself causes many problems for wood floors. To combat the effects of humidity, your floor was delivered several days before we installed it so that it could acclimate properly. When relative humidity stays between 35% and 55% in your home year round, there will be little to no shrinking in the winter and little to no expansion in the summer.
In order to prevent scuffing or excessive scratching on your floor, place felt pads on the bottom of chairs and all other furniture and replace the pads as they wear. When moving heavy furniture, you should pick up the furniture pieces completely instead of sliding it. Taking off shoes at the door can help you avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes, or high heels which are the most rough on wood floors. Throw rugs both inside and outside doorways are an excellent way to prevent dirt, grit and other debris from being tracked onto your hardwood floors. However, it’s best to not use non-slip rugs or mats that have rubber or pvc backing that will come in contact with the floor; it may cause your floor to yellow. Rugs also help when placed in front of sinks like in the kitchen or bathroom to keep water off the floor.
How should I clean my wood floor?
- Sweep or vacuum your wood floor often. Avoid over-cleaning and putting excess moisture on your floor.
- Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
- Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood, and leave a discoloring residue.
- Avoid steamers as they may damage your floor.
- Do not use tile or sheet vinyl floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
- Using a cleaner recommended by Kelly’s Carpet Omaha will ensure the beauty of your new floor will last longer.