Installing hardwood flooring in your home is an easy and quick way to add beauty, luxury, and resale value to your house. Hardwood is valued for its durability, low maintenance, and natural look. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a more popular flooring material, as hardwood planks have been successfully used as flooring for centuries! We here at Floor Coverings international of Orange County and Middletown, NY know that value that comes from a beautiful, well-installed hardwood floor. But that means we also know how important it is to keep your new flooring in tiptop shape. If you want to keep your hardwood floors looking good as new for years to come, just follow these simple tricks for cleaning hardwood floors!
Vacuums Aren’t Just for Carpets
When people think of vacuums, it’s usually in relation to wall to wall carpeting vacuuming is a simple and easy way to eradicate dust and dirt that sinks into the nap of a carpet. But it turns out that vacuuming is also a great way to clean your hardwood flooring! While sweeping is a great way to pick up bigger bits of debris and visible detritus, there’s more lurking on the surface of your hardwoods than only your broom can reach. For instance, as small, invisible particles of dust, dirt, and grime build up over time, they begin to act like sandpaper against your hardwoods, abrading the surface and wearing away at the finish. A regular pass with the vacuum will pick up all these little nuisances and keep your floors beautiful and protected. Make sure to remove the beater bar before using a vacuum on your hardwood floors though, or else you might scratch them. If you really can’t be bothered to vacuum, or are in a hurry, mopping or swiffering your hardwoods will accomplish the same sort of cleaning, but we recommend vacuuming as well, since it will suck up the debris, rather than just moving it around.
Protect and Prevent
One of the easiest ways to save yourself time and energy when cleaning hardwood flooring, is simply to prevent the need to do it too often. You can do this by protecting your hardwood floors and arming them against damage through the use of doormats and area rugs. Area rugs are excellent for high traffic areas that people walk through and across frequently. Things like hall runners will prevent shoes from scratching the surface of your hardwoods or tracking along debris. Having door mats in front of every outer door is a simple way to save yourself that hassle that comes from cleaning tracked in dirt and mud, and will protect your hardwood floors in the long run.
For more information on hardwood flooring, contact Floor Coverings International of Orange County, NY today!
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