Hardwood floors are a feature coveted by homeowners. They also offer great resale value. According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, hardwood floors have an average ROI of 91%. Take a look at our hardwood floor care guide to help you best take care of your flooring at all stages of its life.
1. Inspect Your Floors
Hardwood floors can add serious value to your home. Adding a few steps to your weekly routine is all it takes to increase their longevity
- Start by removing clutter and rugs from the space
- Examine every plank for scratches, dents, grime, and signs of damage
- Make note of anything you find that will require more careful attention later on
2. Remove Visible Debris
Pick up any large pieces of debris before dust mopping the entire surface. If you use a vacuum, use one without a beater bar. Dust mop at least once a week, or more often if you have pets or young children.
Hardwood can harbour bacteria and viruses like any other surface. Even with regular dust mopping or vacuuming, dirt and grime can accumulate on hardwood floors. A liquid solution designed exclusively to clean hardwood floors can take care of both. Follow the product’s instructions, especially it needs to be diluted. Test the product on a small inconspicuous area before applying it to the entire floor.
Techniques to Avoid
Vinegar and bleach, even if diluted, can damage the finish of your flooring with prolonged use. Using a steamer is a natural approach to disinfecting surfaces. Wood floors, however, are porous and excessive moisture and high temperatures can cause warping.
4. Repair Scratches as Needed
Wood flooring is prone to scratches. Some can add a bit of character, while others can be unsightly. A mix of olive oil and baking soda can reduce the appearance of scratches on hardwood floors. Apply the mixture and let it sit for several minutes before buffing it in gently with a soft sponge. There are also hardwood touch-up pens available in a variety of colours that may match your floor. Call a professional for deeper scratches.
5. Protect Your Floors
Once your floors are cleaned, disinfected, and repaired, you’ll want to take some proactive measures to maintain their state.
- Mop up spills right away
- Use approved cleaning and finishing products on your hardwood floors
- Always spot test new products before full applications
- Open windows, if possible, when using cleaning solutions to speed up dring time
- Add protective pads to furniture
- Remove shoes before walking on hardwood floors
- Use rugs in high traffic areas
- Trim pets’ nails on a regular basis
Even with consistent care, hardwood floors need routine refinishing. Recommended every 7 to 10 years, refinishing can help give your tired floors new life. Signs yoru hardwood floors could benefit from refinishing include
- Excessive scratches and dents
- Water damage
- Fading and discolouration