Hardwood Flooring Care Guide
One of the best things about hardwood floors is that we can wash them. This makes for a cleaner, healthier home that we can all feel good about living in. However, the cleaning agent you use on your hardwood floors actually harm them. Many of the hardwood cleaning products on the market are oil based – these are a big no-no! The solution you should use to clean your floors should be very simple and always highly diluted with water. We recommend using a 25/1 water to vinegar ratio, or an all-purpose cleaning solution that is not oil based (we use Mr.Clean), mixed with water to the same ratio. For a great mop kit that includes a washable cover, contact us to order today!
Furniture and hardwood floors unfortunately don’t mix well. Items like chairs, couches, and ottomans can really scratch a floor. To prevent these scratches from occurring, we highly recommend putting floors pads on all of the furniture that you put on your hardwood floors. We sell the following floor pad size options:
· 1" round - 12 per pack - $3.99 + tax
· 1 1/2" round - 6 per pack - $3.99 + tax
· 3 1/2" x 5/8" strips - 6 per pack - $3.99 + tax
· 1/2" x 36" roll - 1 per pack - $3.99 + tax
· 3 1/2" x 4 3/4 pad - 1 per pack - $3.99 + tax
And remember, you should change your floor pads whenever they start to look really worn down.
Buff & Coat
After a few years of wear and tear, your floor will start to show scratches, light spots from the sun, and many other little “beauty marks” that come from a busy home. Instead of letting your floors go too long, which would require a complete refinishing, we recommend getting a buff and coat once every three to five years. The buff and coat process adds an extra layer of poly to your floors to hide imperfections and add an additional layer of protection. This process not only brings new life to your floors, but it will also save you hundreds of dollars in the long run!
Refinishing your floors is much more in-depth process, but the results are incredible! The refinishing process involves sanding your floors which will completely remove the original finish, and also take out almost all scratches. You then add a new finish, which gives you the opportunity to completely change the look of your floors if you want to! Most solid hardwood floors can be refinished around ten times in their lifetime.
We hope this guide to caring for your hardwood floors helps you care for and extend the beauty of your floors for decades to come!
Want to schedule a buff and coat or refinishing? Call Neva today to set up an estimate! 763-428-8601