How To: Keeping Your Hardwood Floors Looking Brand New

August 2, 2017

Keeping floors looking brand new is crucial to maintaining a well kept home. Regular cleaning and care will protect your investment. Today, we are exploring the essential routine necessary to protect your floors, as well as helpful tips that are sure to keep your wood floors looking brand new.

hardwood in bonus room

Create a Routine
Daily, weekly, and monthly schedules are essential to keep floors clean.

Dust – Dusting is often overlooked in homeowners’ daily cleaning routines. Keeping dust and dirt off floors helps prevent damage, and extends the life and beauty that your hardwood floors offer. Dust mops remove debris and dust from hard to reach areas. If you are looking for a more effective solution, try a microfiber mop, which uses synthetic materials to attract and trap dust. Microfiber mops offer many benefits, including a light and easy to use design, as well as machine washable pads, which are eco-friendly and money-saving.

Clean – Give your floors a deep clean once a week to keep them at their best. Utilize the bare floor setting on your vacuum to keep floors free of any debris that may accumulate throughout the week.

Shine – Just like a car, your hardwood floors need the occasional polish. To restore the luster and shine, clean floors with the recommended wood floor cleaner.

Every 3 – 5 Years
Maintain – Apply a maintenance coat to protect and extend the life of your hardwood flooring.

Helpful Tips

  1. Kick off your heels
    Heels are known to damage hardwood floors. Even the most durable floors are not safe against a pair of stilettos – heels strike the floor with more force per inch than an elephant’s foot! Next time you put your heels on, consider putting them on at the door to avoid unnecessary scratches.
  2. Protect your entryways
    Heavy-traffic areas, such as entryways, are prone to damage from day-to-day activities. Protect your entryways with a rug. Not only will your floor be protected, it will also add a touch of elegance to your home décor.
  3. Avoid scratches
    Pets can wreak havoc on hardwood floors. Keep pets nails trimmed, or limit their access to hardwood floor areas of your home. Moving furniture is also known to cause extensive flooring damage. Place felt coasters on the bottom of furniture and take extra precaution when moving furniture.

For more information on hardwood flooring, Legend Homes recommends the National Wood Flooring Association for a helpful flooring guide.

Accentuate the expert craftsmanship in your home. Protect your investment, and keep your hardwood floors looking brand new.