3 useful tips on maintaining your hardwood floors

December 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM
hardwood floor in need of some maintenance

Beautiful hardwood floors are an investment — and an expensive one at that. That’s why it’s important to maintain the look of your floors, as this can often boost the overall value of your home if you do decide to sell it down the road.

Of course, it’s not enough to just wipe them down every so often and call it a day. Proper care takes some elbow grease and time commitment on a consistent basis to ensure your floors sparkle the way they did when they were first installed.

Here are three tips to help you maintain the look and integrity of your hardwood floors for years to come.

1. Choose the right cleaning products

You’ll want to choose a specific type of treatment, depending on the finish you choose for your hardwood floors.

However, one thing remains constant: You’ll want to avoid choosing harsh chemicals of any kind, as they can dull the shine of your floors over time. Instead, go with your installer’s recommendation for the best products to use.

2. Polish your floors every three months

Polishing your floors on a quarterly basis is highly recommended, as it restores the hardwood’s beautiful shine and extends its overall life to boot. Choose a water-based formula, because as we mentioned above, some products may do more harm to your floors than good.

Don’t forget to sweep or vacuum your floors beforehand, to pick up any lingering dust and debris that may otherwise scratch your floor during the polishing process.

3. Refinish your floors every five to ten years

You’ll also want to refinish your floors every few years to get rid of any long-term buildup and grime that regular polishing and cleaning can’t get rid of. Over time, hardwood floors age visibly — so a newly refinished surface will look much different than one that’s been left exposed for many years.

However, keep in mind the age and thickness of your floors before you get this treatment done. Refinishing sands down a fraction of the topmost layer of these wood surfaces, so ones that have thinned out over the years may not withstand the process.

Book your appointment with American Floor Care today

As you can see, maintaining your hardwood floors takes some time and effort. If you prefer to let the experts handle this, get in touch with American Floor Care.

Because we specialize exclusively in hardwood floor care and maintenance, you can rest knowing that your hardwood floors are in good hands. In fact, we’ve been providing our services to residents in the Warren and Youngstown areas for over 20 years — a testament to the quality of our work.

In addition to hardwood floor sanding and refinishing, we can also help you with regular care and maintenance as well as tile floor stripping and waxing.

To schedule an appointment with one of our hardwood floor experts, contact us through the form on our website. If you have any questions or concerns about our services, you can call us at (330) 847-9100 to speak to a member of our team directly.