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How to Take Better Care of Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors can be the perfect types of flooring to fit any style home. They not only add value to your house, but they can provide a low maintenance option for your highly trafficked rooms. Taking care of your hardwood floor is the key to extending its lifespan and keeping money in your wallet.

Use Microfiber Mops

Using a traditional broom with hard bristles on your hardwood floors can scratch them and be an ineffective way to trap dirt. Instead, you should utilize a mop with a microfiber cloth. Swiffers tend to be the most popular type of microfiber mop out there to use. It’s a great idea to do a once over every day with your microfiber mop to trap unwanted dust particles that can damage your hardwood floors.

Take Care When Vacuuming

When it comes to commercial hardwood flooring, the easiest way to scratch it is to run a plastic beater bar attachment for your vacuum over it. You should protect your floor from scratches by using a soft-bristled brush attachment for your vacuum. When moving your vacuum over the floor, be sure that the vacuum wheels don’t damage the flooring. You should be vacuuming your hardwood floors at least once per week. Before you vacuum, run over the floor with your microfiber brush to pick up the loose debris. Consider your vacuum a way to pick up the particles that get trapped in between the floor slats.

Damp-Mop Monthly

Once a month you should be doing a damp-mop of your hardwood floors. Since each hardwood floor is manufactured slightly different than the next, it’s a good idea to check with your floor manufacturer to see what type of cleaner you should be using for best results. When utilizing the hardwood floor cleaner, only mist the microfiber mop that you’re using. Don’t completely soak the mop as that could dull the finish of your hardwood floors.

Put Protectors on Furniture

It may seem like common sense, but many individuals forget just how damaging furniture can be to hardwood floors. Do yourself a favor and get floor protectors for the furniture that you have in rooms with hardwood. These protectors can do wonders for keeping your hardwood floors scratch-free.

Taking care of your hardwood floors starts with developing some good habits. You should be lightly cleaning your floors daily and damp-cleaning them at least once per month. By using the above tactics, you can help to better take care of the existing hardwood floors in your home.

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