Are hardwood floors easy to clean?

Are hardwood floors easy to clean?

Yes! Just because wood flooring gives your home a luxurious, elegant look doesn't mean they're high maintenance. We know there's nothing like the visual appeal of wood floors. However, they also come with many benefits, including durability, a long lifespan, value-adding to your property, and easy care. Our hardwood flooring company wants you to enjoy your wood floors for a long time, so here are some tips on keeping them looking great for a long time.

Routine cleaning

Sweep or dry mop daily, vacuum (without beater bars) weekly, and damp mop every week or two. You may want to change the timing somewhat according to your level of foot traffic but keep in mind that even wood floors in a one or two-person quiet home need TLC. Grime has a way of accumulating. Also, dirt and sand can scratch the floors, so it's best to get rid of them regularly.

To damp-mop, use water and a manufacturer-approved wood floor cleaner. Remember that water is public enemy #one for solid hardwood flooring so take these precautions: Wring well, don't put too much liquid cleaner or wood polish on the floor, and wipe any excess off with a clean, dry towel to avoid damage.

Making your cleaner

Homemade cleaners can be great, but we can't emphasize this enough: Always speak to a flooring expert before proceeding with anything. A couple of ideas include combining one part vinegar to 10 parts warm water and adding a little Castile liquid soap. The tannic acid in tea can also make a great shine so put a couple of tea bags in some boiling water and mop --again wringing well first.

Everyday care strategies

Put mats at entrances to wipe their feet and not track in dirt and mud. Use protective furniture pads when needed to prevent scratches. Keep pet nails trimmed and avoid wearing stilettos on the floor.

Remember that you can easily customize your hardwood flooring because there's a wide assortment of stains and finishes to give you precisely what you want when you want it. Come to Guthrie Flooring in Pleasant View, TN, to learn more and get a free quote. We are convenient to Clarksville, Nashville, Springfield, and Ashland City.