Genuine wood floors have lots of advantages of other forms of flooring. Wood floors are durable. You don’t have to worry about it cracking if you drop something heavy on it like you would with tile. They are aesthetically pleasing. It compliments just about any design or theme. Most of all, if properly cared for, hardwood floors can last a lifetime.
As parents of a small child and owners of large dogs, who live an active and outdoorsy lifestyle in the hot and humid climate of Florida, our wood floors tend to take a beating. Here are eight tips to keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful for as long as you own your home. Keep reading to find out how to save money on the Bona Hardwood Floor Mop and the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaning Solution, the perfect combination for keeping your floors looking magnificent on a daily basis.
Use throw rugs: To save on some of the wear and tear on your hardwood floors, use small rugs and runners in areas that have high foot traffic like doorways and halls. Make sure to select the rugs with non-skid backing to keep them from sliding out of place.
Watch the footwear: All the boys –even the grownup ones– in our house like to play sports which means regularly wearing cleats. These shoes, especially the ones with metal spikes can destroy floors. Ladies, you aren’t exempt. High-heeled shoes can scuff floors and can actually leave indentations on wood floors as well.
Trim the toenails: Although I am referring to your furry friends, some of you humans could probably use this advice as well. If not properly groomed, your pets’ toenails can be like tiny knives scratching on the surface of your floor. Keep them trimmed so your dogs and cats are walking on just the pads of their paws.
Clean regularly: With all that we have going on in our family, our floors tend to get really dirty, really quickly. Not only does this keep the wood’s natural shine from coming through, but over time it can actually stain and discolor your wood. We recommend Bona’s line of floor care products on a regular basis to keep your floors in top shop. Bona offers a full family of mops in a range of sizes to fit all of your cleaning requirements from foyer cut-ins to entire houses.
Soak it up: Standing water can be one of the biggest destroyers of wood floors by causing discoloration and warping. Never leave standing water on your floors and use water-absorbing mats outside your doorway to avoid tracking in water in case of rain.
Dehumidify your house: Water from rain or spills isn’t the only way moisture can get to your floor. Humidity can also be an enemy to your floors, especially those of us that live in Florida and other sub-tropic climes. Use a room dehumidifier and fans to help circulate dry air.
Furniture proofing: I know from experience that the easiest way to gouge indentations in your wood floors is to try and move furniture around without protecting the floors. Use felt buffers or small pieces of carpet underneath table legs and chairs to avoid scuffing. When moving large objects, try using a blanket to help furniture slide across the floors without scuffing.
Vacuum regularly: Between all of us, we tend to track in a lot of sand, dirt and other remnants of the outdoors. These small particles, when walked across regularly, can turn the bottom of your feet into sandpaper blocks which can quickly dull the wood surface. You can avoid waxing more often just by sweeping or vacuuming on a regular basis.
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