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Hardwood Floors Require Extra Attention

Hardwood floors are a fool-proof way to boost your home appeal and add natural beauty to your space. Wood floors are even often preferred over other flooring types because people believe they’re easier to clean. However, proper maintenance is still necessary to preserve the shine and beauty of your hardwood floors. As Milwaukee’s favorite floor renewal service, we’ve compiled this list of maintenance tips to help you retain the quality of your hardwood floors. We have your best interests at heart and hope these simple measures will help you stay in love with your hardwood floors!

Basic Wood Floor Maintenance Tips

wood floor maintenance tipsKeep Your Floors Clean

When dust and bacteria settle on your floor they can increase the likelihood of scratching and wear them down quicker. Sweeping your floors at least every other day is an easy tactic to keep your floors clean and make sure dust doesn’t stick. If using a vacuum on your hardwood floors, be sure to choose a vacuum with hard floor settings and a soft brush. Vacuuming and mopping should be done about once a week to keep the dust and dirt at bay.

Prevent Damage to Your Floors

Placing mats or rugs in your entryways can prevent against dirt collection. Be sure to choose mats or rugs without an adhesive or abrasive bottom.

Don’t Use Water on Your Floors

Never use water to clean your hardwood floors as it can deteriorate the wood! Most stores carry a special hardwood floor cleaner that can be sprayed and wiped away with a soft cloth. Know the finish of your floors (for example, polyurethane or wax) so you can choose the right cleaner.

Maintain Polyurethane Finishes

Floors with a polyurethane finish will need special attention. Depending on the amount of foot traffic, these floors should be inspected and re-coated every 3-5 years. Our hardwood resurfacing service is perfect for the job! 

Avoid Stains at All Costs

The biggest enemy of any hardwood floor is a stain. These are hard to prevent, but do all you can to keep tough substances from being spilled on your floors. When stains do happen, rubbing alcohol and steel wool should do the trick. However, this will leave a mark on the wood and damage the stain, so you’ll need to polish your floors in that spot.

Use Area Rugs

It’s best practice to cover high-traffic areas with a large rug. This helps prevent damage to your floors, and also adds a great look to any room! 

Refinish or Resurface Your Wood Floors

Eventually, you will need to restore the old wood flooring. When that time comes, we hope you consider using one of our hardwood floor refinishing or resurfacing services here in Milwaukee.

We hope these tips are helpful! For all of your hardwood flooring needs, contact Fabulous Floors!