Wood floors are usually elegant and create a homey feeling in your home. Wood floors are an investment because they can last for years. The only barrier for wood floors to last is the damage that certain weather extremes and chemicals bring. You will be surprised that solid wood floors are the easiest type of floor to maintain. You can prevent any damage from happening to them by following these simple tips:
- One of the culprits in damaging wood floors is dirt. Dirt can consist of small minute stones and dust. When these particles skid your wood floor, they can do a lot of damage. You may not see it at first but the effect it has on your hard wood floors can be disastrous. It leaves scratch marks all over your wood floor. To prevent damage on your wood floors is to prevent dirt and small stones from skidding on it. Prevent the dirt from coming in by putting doormats by your door entrances and exits.
- Water can be one of your wood floors' greatest enemies. Hardwood damped in water for the longest time can discolor your wood floors and it can make it warp. The best way to prevent this kind of damage is to avoid spilling water on your wood floors. If you do spill water on your floor, immediately absorb it with an absorbent cloth or sponge and follow up with a dry rag.
- There will be times that your hard floor will sustain white spots and stains from certain liquids spilling or dripping on your wood floor. When these occur, it will be evident to see the white spots on your floor. For these types of stains, you can use toothpaste to remove the stains. Dab a small amount of toothpaste on the stain and rub carefully. You may use cigarette ashes mixed with a little mineral oil as well.
- Apply a protective layer on your wood floor by using a light floor wax. Floor wax usually repels water and other liquids. It will be easier for you to absorb all the liquid and not allowing your wood floor to seep it in.
- When you are moving furniture, it would be best to carry it and not dragging it across the wood floor. Move your heavy furniture from time to time to avoid denting your wood floor from the heavy load. In extreme weather conditions, wood usually slightly warps. So moving your furniture periodically will come as a good idea.
- Avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals on your wood floor. Chemicals in cleaning products may remove your wood finish and discolor you wood floor. It would be advisable to use just water mixed in with a small amount of white vinegar.
They say prevention is always the best alternative. You can change your wood floors but if you are saving money and all the trouble of repairs, preventing damage to it can be an advantage.