How to maintain your hardwood floor

A well maintained hardwood floor can last for generations. Since this type of floor is usually more expensive than your regular choice it is worth investing some time in maintenance, as you will be able to enjoy your floors for a much longer time. These are the main maintenance tips that any person should know when having hardwood Ottawa floors:

 

Cleaning routine

 

The floor should be cleaned regularly in order to prevent any abrasive dust from gathering. The best way to clean it, is to vacuum it regularly. Do not use any water or moist detergents to wash it, because you will create permanent damage. Many people make the mistake of using liquid floor detergents without realizing that these are only suitable for laminate flooring and they will not do any good to their hardwood floors. Another thing you should remember is to clean any spilled liquid as soon as possible to prevent your floor from being damaged. Do not leave it for a later time even if it is a relatively small drop of water.

 

Use carpets

 

As beautiful as the hardwood floor may be, you should still add some carpets here and there, especially at the home entrance because that is where most of the dust gathers. Even if you want to enjoy seeing as much of your floor as possible, a few mats strategically placed at the entrances of your house will save you from a lot of future troubles.

 

The furniture

 

Anyone wants to redecorate once in a while, but when you decide to move the furniture around, make sure you lift it rather than dragging it over your floor. It will prevent the much dreaded scratches. If the furniture is too heavy to lift completely, try placing some soft pads beneath its legs. They will allow you to drag it around the house without causing any scratches to your floor.

 

Careful with the humidity levels

 

If you live in an area with a lot of moisture, you might want to invest in a dehumidifier to maintain the moisture levels under 50%. This way you will protect the heath of your floor and allow it to look like in the day it was first installed.

 

Control the light

 

Few people know that the lighter their hardwood floor is, the more chances it has to change colours if it is kept in direct sunlight. Either place some carpets in front of windows, where the light reaches the floor directly, or decorate your home with some drapes and you will protect your hardwood successfully.

 

There are many companies that can install and restore hardwood in Ottawa, so if your hardwood is in need of some TLC or if you want to put new flooring altogether, you should be able to find everything you need as soon as possible. One thing is for sure, if you take good care of your floors, you will enjoy them for a very long time. Hardwood floors have many benefits for its owners. They are not just beautiful and comfortable, but they can also increase the value of a home provided that they are well taken care of. This is why you should take into account these maintenance tips and apply them at your home.