When you have your new floor in place, what is the best way to ensure you are reducing ‘wear and tear’ and the likelihood of maintenance costs down the road? It is similar to your oral health, where those who brush and floss regularly are going to reduce the chances of having to go to the dentist for a filling. The same idea applies to flooring and keeping it clean. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are looking to make sure you are on top of maintaining your floor and ensuring you don’t have to foot the bill for repairs in the near future.
Excess Water/Moisture Is Bad
There is nothing worse than excess water which starts to seep through the hardwood floor. This is why you should be looking to take care of those water spills as soon as you can.
It is not the surface, which is the worry, but the wood underneath which will start to rot. You might also start to see ‘lumps’ on the surface of the flooring, if you are not careful.
All excess water and/or moisture which is present has to be removed effective immediately. This might be the biggest part of your cleaning routine. Always keep an eye for this.
Vacuum Floor Weekly
The best way to ensuring the floor is as clean as it should be comes down to how regularly you vacuum it. Now, this does not mean you are walking around with a vacuum in your hands as that is going to be frustrating and tiring to say the least.
The best option is to set a schedule where you are going to vacuum the floor once a week. This should be more than enough when looking to brighten up the surface and keep the floor looking spick and span.
No Chemical Cleaners
A common mistake people make when they have new flooring in is to start using chemical cleaners to remove messes. This is never the proper approach and is going to end up doing significant damage to your new floor.
Chemical cleaners are a simple ‘no no’ that should be avoided at all costs. Instead, you should be looking for high quality waxes to keep the floors clean and ensure they are being used correctly by reading the directions prior to use. This is the only way to make sure you don’t become the reason the floor gets ruined.
Area Rugs Dispel Risk
What is the best way to ensure some of the ‘risk’ being taken is reduced? There is nothing better than an area run in places where traffic is going to be a regular occurrance. This is certainly the key for those who have kids in the home. If you know specific parts of the flooring are going to be walked and/or run on the most, it is better to cover them up with a small, stylish area rug. It will save you the trouble of cleaning it later on.