There’s no doubt that hardwood is a superior choice when it comes to flooring for your home. Not only is it durable and beautiful, it is available in a wide variety of shades and types for the utmost in long-lasting finish. However, in order to keep your hardwood floors looking shiny and new, you must provide them with regular TLC. Here are some ways you can keep your hardwood floors looking great over the years.
In order to keep scratches from happening to begin with, you should place protective felt pads under all table and chair legs. The constant back and forth of the furniture on your hardwood will create gouges and scratches over time. There are other preventive measures you can take to protect your flooring such as:
- Place fiber doormats at all entry doors so visitors can wipe off feet before entering the home.
- Ask family members and guests to remove their shoes before entering the home. It’s especially important to discourage the use of high heels or cleats.
- Keep pets’ nails trimmed.
- Sweep your floors often to remove dirt and grit.
- Mop the floors regularly with microfiber mops and rags.
It’s inevitable that small scratches will crop up over time. You may decide to use a repair kit; just keep in mind that these often void the warranty on pre-finished floors, as most manufacturers’ warranties don’t cover scratches. You can also use a stain marker or blending pencil that matches the shade of your hardwood flooring, or you could apply a wood stain with a brush. For very deep scratches, use a putty knife to apply a pre-colored latex wood filler. You may even want to try a fine-grit sandpaper to help smooth out the surface first, then finish with a layer of varnish.
Wax and Polish
Wax and acrylic floor polishes are popular products to use on slight scratches. Just keep in mind that these products can dull and darken your floors over time, necessitating the need to remove that coat a few years down the road, says Bob Vila. This takes a lot of hard work and elbow grease, so to avoid that, go with a specially formulated hardwood flooring product that is designed to bring back the gloss and natural beauty of your wood—minus the unattractive film. Thoroughly clean the area before applying, allowing an hour of drying time to be safe. Do this twice a year for optimal results, or more often if you get a lot of foot traffic in that area.
Looking to spruce up your home with hardwood flooring? Call Judd Builders for more information on the best type for your needs, and how to properly maintain it for lustrous beauty.