Like many things in this world, there is a proper way of doing things and an easier way of doing them. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of hardwood flooring. Since hardwood floors last for a long time (nearly a century in some cases), it might seem like there isn’t a whole lot to do, since the material itself is so durable and long lasting. This is false thinking, because nothing in life is that easy. Luckily, the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey know a little something about getting the most out of hardwood floors, which is why they are the perfect people to help with the unique problem of making sure your hardwood floors last as long as you want them there. And when you are ready for something else, they will be the ones helping you pick out the floor of your future.
Know Your Hardwood Flooring From Your Laminate Plank Flooring
The first thing to do is to make sure you know everything there is to know about the kind of floor you have. Is it an oak hardwood floor, or is it pine? This might sound stupid to some, but you might want to make sure you even have true, natural hardwood flooring. The technological advancements in synthetic hardwoods, such as vinyl plank flooring and laminate plank flooring, means that spotting a fake is much more difficult than it used to be. This also includes knowing what kind of finish, if any, is on the floor. Most hardwood flooring has some kind of finish on it, probably something like polyurethane, but there are other kinds. The most common alternative is an oiled finish that seeps into the wood and requires an additional level of treatment, since it does not stand up to moisture and liquids as nicely.
Hardwood Floor Cleaning: The Basics
A good rule of thumb is to run over the surface of your hardwood floor with a microfiber mop once every day or every other day, depending on how much foot traffic the area receives and whether there are other factors, such as children or pets in play. Avoid things like brooms or vacuum cleaners, since they have a tendency to scratch, unless they’re specially designed for hardwood floors, which most are not. Similarly, anything that uses steam is not advisable, since the moisture generated by the steam is more likely to harm the flooring than any good that could come from it. Along those lines, make sure to clean up all spills as soon as possible, since the moisture will seep into the floor and cause mold or other problems if left unchecked, especially in Nashville. There are special cleaners that can be used on hardwood floors, but make sure to buy one that doesn’t promise to restore the shine and veneer to your floors, as it will only eat away at the protective covering.
With the right amount of care and attention, your hardwood floors will last a very long time. A floor that old is just the perfect way to bring a sense of continuity and legacy to your home or office, and when you are ready for something else, make sure to contact the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey.