Dos and Don’ts: Caring for the Hardwood Flooring of your Carlsbad Home, PART 1 “This two-part article series explains the primary dos and don’ts of owning and maintaining a hardwood floor in your home.”
When it comes to flooring, few other solutions are as elegant and as timelessly sophisticated as hardwood. With a delectable selection in color and species, hardwood in Carlsbad offers that one thing that only nature in all its boundless ingenuity can: uniqueness. No two boards are alike and the warmth and elegance this flooring creates in the home is befitting of royalty. In this two-part article series, we shall be working our way through some simple tips that can mean the difference between a floor that is scuffed, marked and worn and one that will continue to radiate a natural, yet opulent warmth for decades to come. Hardwood in Carlsbad: Cleaning and Maintenance Dos and Don’ts The way you look after the hardwood in your Carlsbad home is extremely important. Some innocent cleaning mistakes can do as much damage to the wood as blind negligence can. Do: Sweep, dry mop or vacuum your hardwood flooring regularly. This prevents dust, soil and other particles from forming an abrasive surface that erodes away at the wood when you walk over it. Make sure you wipe up any liquid spills immediately using a soft, dry cloth. When you do want to give your flooring a thorough clean to remove more stubborn stains and dirt, use a well wrung-out damp mop or sponge and a mild soap (water soluble). Make sure you dry your flooring afterwards with a towel. Don’t: Ever use a dripping wet mop to clean the hardwood flooring of your Carlsbad home. Moisture is the enemy! It stains and swells wood, which can put stress on the board, causing it to crack. Water needlessly ages hardwood flooring tremendously, so opt instead for sweeping, vacuuming and dry mopping and protective measures, such as throw rugs and carpets. When you do use a damp mop to clean, make sure you dry your hardwood thoroughly with a towel.
Don’t: Slap a dust treatment on your hardwood, unless the treatment in question has been approved for no-wax polyurethane floors. One incorrect choice can horribly damage the hardwood, not only making it appear dull and poorly aged, but also compromising the success of future topcoats. Hardwood in Carlsbad: Moving Furniture Dos and Don’ts Hardwood has a limited scratch resistance, so you need to be exceptionally careful when placing or moving furniture over its surface. Do: Stick a protective, padded covering such as felt under the legs of your furniture. This will prevent it from scratching the hardwood flooring of your Carlsbad home. Clean this padding periodically to remove the grit and dirt that has become embedded in its fibers as this can in itself cause abrasion and scratching. When you do want to move furniture, it’s best to lift it up off the floor completely, even if the legs are padded or glided. To prevent your furniture from leaving dents in your hardwood flooring, opt for barrel-type casters. Not ball casters. Don’t: Push furniture across your flooring, ever! These pieces can scratch and leave deep gouges in your precious flooring, literally scarring it for life. Heavy furniture can also compress the fibers in the wood, leaving unsightly dents. In rooms that see a lot of furniture movement, such as the dining room, it would be best to place a large carpet or, for example, a Persian rug down on your hardwood flooring. This will prevent the frequent movement of chairs around the table from scuffing your flooring. If you do need to move heavy furniture that has been mounted on wheels – such as a piano or fridge – place planks of wood down on your flooring. Even the wheels on these pieces can cause deep indentations in your hardwood. Stay Tuned for Part 2 Stay tuned for more tips on how to keep the hardwood flooring of your Carlsbad home in top condition for decades!
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The way you look after the hardwood in your Carlsbad home is extremely important. Some innocent cleaning mistakes can do as much damage to t...