Looking After Wooden Floors
Hardwood floors have a deserved reputation both for attractiveness and for durability, but in order to protect that beauty and to ensure you will not need to constantly be wood floor restoration in your home, some basic protective measures and procedures for maintenance are required.
These include the removal of surface dirt on the wooden floors by either regular use of a vacuum cleaner or a dry mop. Floors that have been finished with polyurethane should also receive regular attention from a vacuum cleaner as well as wiping with either a mop or some kind of a soft cloth, which is damp but not wet.
Water should never be used to clean hardwood floors that have been finished with any coatings other than polyurethane. Water can penetrate just about any other kind of finish, leaking into the wood fibres and ultimately making the grain rise or causing cracking, or at the very least some discolouration of the flooring. Hardwood floors finished with other coatings besides polyurethane will also most likely need waxing from time to time. This process often necessitates the removal of scuff and other surface marks with dry steel wool, followed by a thorough clean with a vacuum cleaner and finally the application of the floor wax, following the instructions from the manufacturer to the letter.
Following these tips should ensure that a hardwood floor will maintain its natural beauty and continue to be an attractive asset to the home for many years to come.