How to Care for Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are beautiful, and they can increase the value of your home. They are much easier to clean than carpet also. You don’t have to spend hours vacuuming, and if something spills, you just wipe it up and don’t have to worry about a stain or lingering odors.
However, hardwood floors do require a bit of special care to ensure that you don’t strip the floors of their stain, dull them or scratch them. Here are a few tips for how you can care for your hardwood floors to keep them looking beautiful for many years to come:
Sweep Often
One of the easiest ways to keep your hardwood floors clean and to prevent scratching is to keep them free of debris. You can do this by sweeping often – every day if necessary. If you have a vacuum cleaner that is designed for bare floors, it is preferable since it can get dirt from between the cracks in the boards. However, using a regular vacuum will just scratch the floors.
Clean with a Damp Cloth
Mopping your hardwood floors can subject them to water damage. Even if you think you aren’t putting a lot of water on the floor, you are more than likely putting on more than it can handle. Instead, use a damp cloth to clean the floor. A Bona Mop or similar tool can be useful for cleaning large areas at one time.
Hang Blinds
Certain hardwood species and select finishes can dull over time when they are exposed to sunlight. You don’t have to make your house a mausoleum, but you should hang blinds or curtains that you can close when the sun gets too bright. Blinds are a good option since the direction can be changed to divert sunlight up instead of closing off the room to any sunlight at all.

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