Caring for your Hardwood Flooring

Having the hardwood floor installation done is merely the first step in getting the right flooring for your house. As with any work or purchase, once you have bought the item the next step is always the proper care or maintenance. Take for example purchasing a home entertainment system. Once everything is put up, you do what you can to make it last a long time. You don’t overuse it and clean it when you can. Hardwood flooring is pretty much the same thing. With the correct care, it can indeed last for a long time, a lifetime some would say.

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One way to do maintenance is to know how to properly clean. The thing with hardwood flooring though is that you cannot just use any cleaning products on it. For example you should never use ammonia, oil, or any soap products on it. Wax is also a no-no.  The reason is that the use of these solutions can cause warping or swelling of the flooring. Worse it can also void any warranty that the flooring company may have. This will make hardwood repair that much difficult. The best thing to do would be to use a water and vinegar solution. To apply the solution, use a soft cloth. Also make sure that the solution is not left standing on the flooring. To be sure ask the flooring company if they have their own cleaning solutions for sale. The water and vinegar mixture is the simplest one there is though.

Another way to have proper care is to have a humidifier installed in the house. A humidifier is a machine that can help you control the amount of moisture that enters your house. By controlling the amount of moisture that goes into the house, you prevent either the contraction or expansion of the hardwood floor. Many flooring companies agree that to ensure the quality of the hardwood flooring, relative humidity must kept with a 35% to 50% range. What will happen is that during dry season the humidifier will prevent the flooring from shrinking. For wet season the humidifier can prevent excess moisture from entering and affecting the floor.

One of the many reasons that hardwood becomes ruined is due to the presence of large particles like sand or dirt. If left unchecked they can cause scratches on the flooring. The best way to prevent this from happening is to put area rugs on the entrance of your house. Make sure to also sweep or vacuum the floor once a week or if possible daily.

These may seem as simple tips but if practiced or made a habit of, you are sure to extend and prolong the life of your hardwood flooring. Having such a type of flooring can increase the value of your house. Practicing correct care and proper maintenance of your flooring will protect that value. Remember that hardwood floor installation is merely the beginning of your journey to have not just the best home but to have one that has the best value.