Hardwood floors are beautiful, practical, and complement any interior design style. Updating old floors or carpets for new hardwood can also boost your home's resale value and help make your home easier to sell in the future since buyers love them so much. Hardwood floors are also relatively low-maintenance and easy to care for, but there are still some things you should know. Follow these three tips from Blair & Sons Floor Co for caring for your new hardwood floors in order to keep them looking like new for a long time:
Add Felt Protectors to Furniture
One threat to your hardwood floors is sharp furniture legs that can scratch up your floors whenever they're moved. Whether you like to move your living room furniture around from time to time or want to protect your new floors from sharp dining room chairs being pushed in and out, felt furniture leg protectors are a must-have. These simply adhere to the bottom of your furniture and are designed to be as unnoticeable as possible. Be sure to check them from time to time, as the material can wear out with repeated use and they will periodically need to be replaced.
Clean Them Correctly
Once a week or so, it's a good idea to sweep up dust, dirt, pet hair, and other debris with a broom or a vacuum set to the hardwood setting. If left uncleaned, dirt can actually cause tiny scratches that will dull the appearance of your hardwood floors over time. To keep your floors shiny and glowing, you'll also want to mop regularly. Use a mopping solution made specifically for hardwood floors, as other cleaners may be too harsh and lead to damage.
Don't Wear Shoes Inside
Getting into the habit of taking your shoes off when you come inside is a simple way to protect your new hardwood floors while also cutting down on the amount of time you have to spend cleaning, so it's truly a win-win. A shoe shelf or attractive shoe baskets placed at the front door will help get the whole family into the habit. It's especially important to avoid wearing shoes with very sharp or hard soles (such as tap shoes, high heels, or work boots) inside as these can cause the most damage.
As you can see, caring for your new hardwood floors isn't difficult, but doing so will really pay off in beautiful flooring that looks like new for many years.
After we started building our new home, I realized that we needed flooring that would mimic our tastes while enduring the rigors of our children and pets. We started by bolstering the sub-flooring, and then worked towards finding flooring that would really look nice with our home decor. After a little bit of a hunt, we were able to find gorgeous hardwood plank flooring that warmed up the space without costing a fortune. This blog is dedicated to anyone who needs to find great flooring in a sea of available options. Check out this post for great information that can help you.