Your floors look magnificent and you’re proud of the choice you made. Everyone comments on them, and you congratulate yourself daily that you chose hardwood over laminate. Sure, the cost was higher but the results are absolutely wonderful. Friends ask if your new floor is hard to care for, thinking it must be delicate and high maintenance due to its superb good looks.
You already knew, from doing your research, that hardwood floor care after staining would not be difficult. Preventative measures are the best way to care for hardwood floors, and once you’ve gone to great lengths to choose the right wood to suit your home, the right size boards, the color and finish, you’re going to protect your investment wisely.
Even though it’s not a high maintenance option, hardwood floor care after staining is something you do have to keep in mind on a daily basis. With regular care, the need to undertake a major resurfacing will not arise for a long, long time.
One of the best things you can do in terms of hardwood floor care after staining is to place mats at the entry to the room. This will prevent dirt and grime from being tracked in and onto your beautiful floor. Sand and pets’ claws are particular enemies due to their capacity for scratching the surface.
Liquids, dust and dirt
When spills occur – and they will occur – wipe them up immediately. Dampness is no friend to hardwood floors. Potted plants should be placed into containers that will now allow leakage after watering. Mopping weekly keeps the floors free of grime and footprints but after using a damp mop, go over the surface again with a dry cloth, perhaps affixed to the end of a broom, to prevent moisture from remaining too long on the hardwood.
Hardwood floor care after staining is about keeping the floor dry and devoid of potential abrasives. There are approved cleaning agents you can buy, which are formulated specifically for hardwood floors. Ask your flooring representative.
When using these products, read the manufacturer’s instructions. By using a vacuum or an anti-static mop to remove dust, you will prevent the dust from re-settling, and will also be removing potential allergens from the air.
High-heeled shoes are major considerations in hardwood floor care after staining. If possible, they should not be worn to walk on these floors, particularly if the heels have worn down to the metal nails, since these can cause serious scratching and denting of the surfaces.
The use of protective pads on the legs of your furniture will also help to prevent this kind of damage. Similarly with bean chairs or floor cushions that have zippers; these too should be avoided. When moving heavy furniture around the room, always lift, and do not drag it. If it’s too heavy to lift, then use a piece of underlayment under the parts that are in contact with the floor.
Long-term hardwood floor care after staining involves refinishing the surface every five years or so. Buffing will help to remove any irregularities and a refinish coat should be reapplied. If any dents or gouges are present, an approved floor repair putty can be applied and then the surface can be finished as it was originally.
Hardwood floor care after staining is a matter of forethought and good management. Over time, looking after your floors becomes second nature and things like using mats and keeping animals with claws out of the room turn into habits. Protect your investment and maintain the beauty of the natural wood grains, and enjoy your floor.