With a regular cleaning routine and small preventative steps, you can add years to the life of your flooring. Learn more about how to care for your beautiful hardwood flooring below.
Humidity can wreak havoc on your hardwood floors, causing them to expand and contract, which leads to warping, buckling, and splitting. It’s important to ensure the humidity levels in your home or business stay between 30-50%, with an average temperature between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, interior heating systems can cause your wood flooring to dry out during the cool months. Keeping the moisture levels in your home consistent with a humidifier or a dehumidifier will help keep your floors in their best shape.
Consistent maintenance is key to keeping your floors looking beautiful. Dirt and grime tracked into your home or business can cause buildup that wears away at the beautiful textures and finishes that make your flooring unique. Luckily, preventing damage is as simple as regular weekly cleaning. We recommend sweeping or vacuuming with a soft-bristled broom, them mopping with a gentle cleaning solution. A mixture of one part white vinegar and three parts water is an effective and eco-friendly way to keep your floors clean. You can also find gentle wood cleaning products at the store, though you want to be sure they will not strip your finish or cause buildup over time. Lastly, try to avoid wet mopping your hardwood flooring. A damp cloth will effectively clean your floors without dulling the finish.
High-traffic areas of your home and business are likely to suffer the most wear and tear as your hardwood ages. It's best to keep these areas protected with runners and area rugs that reduce scratching, dents, and scrapes. In addition, doormats at each entry are a great way to prevent dirt and mud from being tracked into the house. Furniture pads and felt protectors on the bottom of tables, chairs, and couches can prevent everyday objects from leaving behind significant damage that will need to be refinished.
An important part of caring for your hardwood flooring means knowing when it needs to be refinished. Though this mostly depends on the finish of your flooring, the amount of foot traffic, sun exposure, and humidity levels can also factor into how often your floors need to be refinished. With proper cleaning and maintenance, you can expect your wood flooring to last for years to come.
To get rid of small scratches and maintain its waterproof lately, wax finishes need to be redone about once a year. With wax finishing, you can easily rub the wax on spots and scratches as they appear instead of recoating the whole floor the maintain it between finishes.
Water and oil finishes are incredibly durable and can last a long time before needing to be refinished. With oil or water-based finishes, a simple buff and coat every 15 years will bring back your floor’s original luster. However, a maintenance application every 3-5 years may be needed to keep your floors looking nice and ensure the wood is protected.