While some flooring types and colors may go in and out of style over the years, hardwood floors have staying power.
While dark hardwood floors (espresso, dark brown, ebony, etc.) may be harder to care for than lighter colored floors – their boldness is what attracts homeowners to them year after year.
So, you decide to go with hardwood flooring, how do you make sure to protect your investment? There are a number of things to keep in mind when caring for true hardwood flooring:
- The finish on the floor will determine the best method for cleaning the hardwood. For periodic deep cleaning, use a commercial hardwood flooring cleaner such as Bona or Murphy’s Oil Soap.
- Prevent dirt and damage to your floors by placing doormats inside and outside exterior doors.
- Regularly clean dirt off of the floor to prevent dirt and particle buildup.
- Avoid scratches to your hardwood floors by placing floor protectors under furniture – rugs in high traffic areas may also be a good idea.
- Avoid walking on your hardwood floors with spiked or damaged heels – you could literally puncture the floors.
- Do not clean your hardwood floors with water and when water or other liquids spill, be sure to clean them up quickly.
- Keep your pets’ nails trimmed and paws cleaned – pets can scratch and stain your hardwood floors.
Don’t let these tips scare you away from hardwood – hardwood is a beautiful investment and can increase the value of your home, but it is important to take care of them properly so that they last for years to come.