For homeowners here in Central Westchester, having hardwood flooring installed is a huge investment. To keep in it in top shape, it’s important to establish a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule. The experts at Floor Coverings International Central Westchester have outlined an optimal routine for you here.
Little spills and accidents are likely to happen on hardwood floors, no matter how hard we may try to avoid it. This is especially true if you have a busy home with young kids or pets. When those spills occur, be sure to wipe them up immediately with a microfiber cloth. Pay particular attention to your floor if you happen to spill more acidic liquids such as coffee, wine, or vinegar-based solutions, as those can easily etch or corrode your hardwood.
A “no shoes on the hardwood” is a smart rule to have for your home as well. Not only does this keep unwanted dust and dirt off your floor, but it also prevents dents and scratches from heavy-duty shoes like high heels and boots.
Another smart and easy way to take care of your hardwood floor is to get some area rugs or runners for high traffic areas like the hallway, kitchen, and living room. This will make the surface less slippery and also provide some added shock absorbance.
Sweeping your hardwood about once a day or so is an easy way to catch the bits dirt and dust that make their way onto your floor. Sweeping will also prevent these dirt and dust pieces from scratching your floor.
For a deeper clean, we suggest that you vacuum or lightly mop your floor at least once a week. Be sure that the mop isn’t too damp since water can cause your floor to warp. We find that a sweeper attachment works best if you vacuum, as this is a gentler function. If you only have an upright vacuum, be sure to turn off the rotating bristle function on your vacuum, as that can scratch your floor and cause more harm than good.
You will want to have it sanded and refinished about once a decade This process buffs away any surface dents or scratches and adds a new coat of finisher polish, making your floor look good as new. Since this is a difficult task, we don’t recommend going about it alone. Contact one of the professionals at Floor Coverings International Central Westchester when the time comes.
If you’d like to learn more about hardwood flooring, call the experts at Floor Coverings International Central Westchester to schedule a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom. We proudly serve the greater Mamaroneck, Rye, and Larchmont area.
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