A wood floor adds visual appeal and resale value to any home. However, if not cared for properly, the lifespan of a wood floor significantly decreases resulting in warping, dings and damage, including unsightly stains that are not easy to repair beyond full replacement. It is completely possible for a wood floor in Mukilteo system to last close to a lifetime if all proper maintenance is completed and care is taken. Find out if you are ruining your floor, and to learn the secrets to maintaining its beauty for years to come.
Making house guests tiptoe around in socks isn’t necessary, but a no-heals policy might be something to consider. Heals can remove the protective finish off the floor as well as result in nasty dings and scratches that are difficult to repair. Making small changes around the home such as limiting or preventing children skating in the house, dragging furniture without picking items up off the floor, and limiting tracking in of outside debris can all help to prolong the lifespan of your wood flooring.
Keep it Clean
It is preferable to complete regular sweeping or vacuuming to remove any built up dirt and debris that can remain on the surface and scratch the wood. Use a cleaner that is specifically formulated for hardwood floors or create your own cleaning solution by mixing a gallon of water and a tablespoon of distilled vinegar.
Microfiber mops are ideal for wood floors as they help to trap tiny particles while being gentle enough on the finish. Never utilize harsh products containing ingredients that can potentially remove the finish.
To avoid warping or gaps in the wood, avoid exposing the floors to radical temperature changes and excessive humidity. During summer, set the air conditioner below 80 degrees Fahrenheit and in the wintertime, set the heat to kick on at 60 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. Humidity levels should remain between 30 and 50 percent.
Keep it Finished
The final and most important of all wood floor maintenance is to keep the finish from wearing down exposing the delicate wood beneath it. A general rule of thumb to keep the floors preserved is to have them professionally refinished every few years. If the floor appears dull, a new coat of finish should be applied.
For more information about preserving your wood floor in Mukilteo, contact us at (888) 435-1212 to speak with one of our friendly and professional experts. We look forward to hearing from you and helping to preserve your wood flooring for decades.