How To Care For Your New Hardwood Floors

     You finally got those beautiful Hardwood floors that you have have been dreaming about. Now you are wondering what is the best way to care for them to keep them looking the way they do right now. Well, here are some pointers from me. Hope these tips help you out.                                                                                                                                       

ESSENTIAL CARE

"Vacuum or sweep your floor regularly with a soft-bristled attachment or broom, especially in high-traffic areas. This prevents gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the wood’s surface. Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head.

Use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight. Most wood types will gradually age when not covered, so it’s a good idea to rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help it age evenly.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE

  • Keep pet's nails trimmed and their paws clean. Pets can track in substances that cause scratching and stains.

  • Use a humidifier during heating seasons to help reduce wood shrinkage and humidity between 35% and 55%.

  • Wipe up spills and spots immediately with a Hardwood Floor cleaner ( I use Bona.) applied directly to a clean white cloth.

  • Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface and wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth."