Once you get a beautiful new floor installed by JD Enterprise in Denver, what does hardwood flooring maintenance entail? While it’s really not that difficult to keep your hardwood floor clean and in good shape, it is important for flooring longevity.
According to a National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) article, there are things you need to do to keep your hardwood flooring looking its best. Sweeping the floor with a soft bristle broom or using a dry microfiber mop should be done daily. Vacuum weekly with the bare floor setting and get rid of the dust between the floorboards. Every month you should clean the floor with a wood floor cleaning product. We can recommend one for you. Every three to five years you should have pros apply a maintenance coat on your wood floors. After ten to twenty years you may want to sand and refinish the floor to give it that wonderful new wood floor look again.
Do you use cleaning products for vinyl or tile floors on your wood floors?
No. Don’t use vinyl or tile cleaning products or self-polishing acrylic waxes on wood floors. These waxes make the wood floors slippery and dull. If that happens you may need to sand and refinish, which is a much bigger project.
What should you do to prevent scratches on wood floors?
If you use small rugs at your doorways it can prevent debris from scratching the floor. You may also want a rug by the kitchen sink. Stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture can help prevent scuffing and scratching but remember to replace them often. Shoes like high heels and sports cleats can damage your floor. Some people even take their shoes off at the door. Sliding heavy furniture when you have to move it causes scratches. Just find a friend to help you pick it up and move it.
How do you maintain your polyurethane or other surface finishes?
Always start with the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning. But generally, all you need to do is regularly dust mop, sweep, or vacuum. You may need to recoat your floor with a new finish if cleaning doesn’t restore the shine. The floors that get the most traffic may need a recoating more often. You should not wax a surface-finished floor, and don’t use any vinyl or tile floor care products on your wood flooring.
How do you keep your wax or penetrating stain finishes looking good?
You should dust mop or vacuum your floors. A buffer can help you keep the shine. If buffing doesn’t work, then try re-waxing. Always use a cleaner and liquid wax that’s made for wood floors. The wax should be applied evenly, let the floor dry, and then buff. Usually, you will only need to do this once or twice a year. Try not to over-wax a wood floor. Instead of re-waxing, just try buffing it. Apply the wax under furniture and other light traffic areas every other time you waxing.
Should a wood floor be damp-mopped or steam cleaned?
No. Don’t use a damp mop or steam to clean a wood floor. Moisture damages the floor and dulls your finish. Always wipe up any spills right away with a lightly dampened cloth.
What’s the best way to clean a discolored or soiled wax finish?
Discolored or dirty wax build-up needs a combination liquid cleaner and wax made for your wood floor. It should be a solvent and not water-based. Spread the liquid cleaner with a cloth or fine steel wool and remove the grime and old wax with gentle rubbing. Wipe the floor clean, let it dry for about 20 minutes, and then buff.
Come talk to our flooring experts at JD Enterprise in Denver about installing beautiful hardwood floors in your house and we will answer your questions about what does hardwood flooring maintenance entail? It’s really not that hard to keep your hardwood floor clean and in good shape.