Hardwood floor maintenance issues
People with wood floors in their homes often have questions about using vacuum cleaners and throw rugs in conjunction with their wooden flooring.
Pros and cons to vacuuming hardwood floors
In general, it is a very good idea to vacuum your wood floors regularly. Dirt and grit that accumulate on the floor can become an abrasive force that will gradually scour and scratch the finish. Vacuuming and sweeping on a regular basis are two preventative measures that you can take to keep this from happening. Using a vacuum cleaner is in many ways preferable to sweeping. It may be less strenuous for some people, but more importantly, vacuum cleaners used with attachments can generally do a more thorough job of removing all particles.
However, there is one drawback to using a vacuum cleaner. If it has a beater bar, the use of the machine can actually lead to a damaged finish. If your vacuum cleaner has this feature, sweep your floors instead.
Pros and cons to area rugs
Throw rugs can protect a portion of the wood floor from scratches and other damage, but when such rugs are removed or replaced with smaller ones, you may be able to see lines that indicate the placement of the previous rug. These are the result of the wood slowly oxidising over time. This natural process leads to colour changes – but areas protected by rugs will see less sunlight and, therefore, change more slowly.
Because of this, some homeowners use area rugs sparingly on their wood floors.
One of the most important kinds of maintenance for a wood floor is periodic floorboard sanding.