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By Platinum Team October 7, 2014

How to Care for Hardwood Flooring

There are few things more beautiful than hardwood flooring in a home.  It is timeless and adds a natural elegance and sophistication to any home.  There are a vast amount of finishes, widths and styles when it comes to hardwood flooring and it can truly be selected in any design to fit any decor aesthetic.  Because hardwood flooring is so popular in so many homes, homeowners are looking for the best ways to care for those hardwood floors.  After all, purchasing hardwood floors is no small investment and in order to best protect your investment, you need to take good care of your floors.  Caring for hardwood flooring is different than caring for other types of flooring like ceramic tile or laminate.  Follow the hardwood floor care tips below and keep that beautiful flooring in perfect condition. 1. Prevent Dirt From Being Tracked Inside

Place mats outside of all exterior doors.  By ensuring that those entering your home have to step on the mat first, it will help reduce the amount of dirt that gets tracked inside on a daily basis.  One of the most common frustrations of those with hardwood floors is that it constantly shows dirt but by reducing how much can actually be tracked in, it will save you a lot of frustration.  Additionally, if you ask your family to take their shoes off at the door when they come home this will also help reduce the amount of dirt that gets tracked in.

2. Determine Finish Before Cleaning

You need to determine the finish because the finish will help dictate your cleaning methods.  If your floor is sealed, a few drops of water will stay on the surface but if it is not sealed, the water will soak into the floor.  Most newer hardwood flooring is surface-sealed with a protective coating that will help prevent stains and water damage.  Surface-sealed floors simply need to be swept and mopped and they are clean.  For penetrating-seal treated or oil-treated floors they need to be cared for more carefully and need to be waxed to properly protect them.

3. Clean Spills Immediately

Just a few drops of water?  No big deal?  Wrong.  Clean any and every spill as quickly as possible to prevent damage from happening.  Hardwood floors are very susceptible to damage so work hard to protect your investment by quickly cleaning spills before they can leave a mark or, with bigger spills, warp beams.

4. Protect Your Hardwood

Protect your hardwood flooring with area rugs and felt pads under the legs of furniture.  Scuffs, scrapes and even permanent marks can be left in the wood from furniture being moved around or from people walking in high heeled shoes.  Protect high-traffic areas with different sized area rugs so that your flooring is not damaged.

5. Bring In The Professionals

When in doubt, it is always a good idea to let the professionals take care of your floors.   Professionals will be able to help properly clean and protect your flooring so that you avoid permanent damage and keep your floors looking as beautiful as the day they were installed.