A wide plank hardwood floor is a significant investment, whether in your home or your business, and once you have completed the installation process, there are some things you can do to ensure the long life and sustain the beauty of your flooring, without going through a lot of trouble and expense.
To begin with, refer to your flooring care guide to ensure that you receive the full benefit of the product and to most beneficially extend the life of your new hardwood floor for years to come. Then, there are preventative maintenance measures you can take, in providing just the right care for your flooring:
- First, sweep and vacuum your hardwood flooring regularly and often. And in high traffic areas, use area rugs, and at doorways use walk-off mats, as small particles of debris and dirt can be ground into the wood in areas where there is a lot of unprotected coming and going.
- When you are performing routine cleaning, all you need, believe it or not, is a damp mop, from which all the excess water has been squeezed out.
- From time to time, you may need to perform a little heavier cleaning, in which case you would use a cleaner that is suitable for the type of coating or finish you have on your floors, and mist it onto a sponge or sponge mop. You can purchase hardwood floor cleaner at most of your local hardware stores.
- And because there’s nothing like preventative maintenance, don’t rely upon the wisdom and carefulness of everyone who enters to protect your floor the way you would. Install felt floor protectors under all furniture and appliances that are not already on top of area rugs. This will go a long way in the prevention of scratches and dents.
- If you have rolling furniture, there are soft rubber casters you can purchase to go on the legs/feet, as the typical casters used on rubber furniture will not prevent scratches and divots from occurring.