Beautiful and durable, hardwood floors are a popular choice of homeowners in Bozeman. Not only do wood floors last and maintain their beauty for years; they also come in such a wide variety of styles, sizes, colors, and textures that there is truly something everyone will love in their home.
The key to keeping your hardwood floors in tip top shape is to simply treat them well. Properly treated and well-maintained wood floors can actually last for decades! Here are some tips to help ensure your hardwood floors stand the test of time in your home.
Tips to Ensure Your Hardwood Floors Last
The installation of the floors is crucial to their longevity. Wooden floors work best when installed over a flat, plywood subfloor. A professional from our team at Floor Coverings International Bozeman can visit your home to see if it is a good fit for hardwood floors.
Protecting Your Floors
Homes get a lot of foot traffic, that’s for sure. This can wreak havoc on hardwood floors. To protect them from getting nicks and scratches from daily use, always be sure to remove your shoes inside, especially shoes that can easily scratch the wood like high heels and boots. It is also helpful to use floor protectors under heavy pieces of furniture like sofas, chairs, and tables to avoid dents and scuffs.
Cleaning Your Floors
Hardwood floors do require regular cleaning and maintenance. Choosing a proper cleaning solution is important to keeping the finish looking good without stripping the wood or coating. Experts suggest a variety of products ranging from waxes and cleaners used for buffing, to mopping with water and vinegar. If you want your floors to really shine, you might consider a natural product like olive oil instead of wax-based cleaners that can dull the woods’ sheen.
Standing water is the enemy of hardwood floors. Obviously we need to be mindful of spills, but signs of hidden moisture are what you need to be on the lookout for. It can cause serious damage to hardwood floors. The change in the amount of humidity, especially in the summer, can wreak havoc on wood floors as well. Paying attention to the air conditioning and humidity levels and maintaining a moderate level will help ensure you do not fall victim to moisture damage to your hardwood floors.
Spot Check Your Floors
It is a good idea to spot check your hardwood floors on a regular basis to look for any changes in the wood. Although contracting and expanding of the wood is normal to a certain extent, be on the lookout for obvious uneven sections of flooring and find the issue to avoid possible serious damage to hardwoods down the road.
Be a savvy homeowner and protect your investment of hardwood floors with a combination of proper installation, maintenance, and cleaning, and they will give you a lifetime of enjoyment with a gorgeous shine and durable surface.
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