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Floor Caring Tips For Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring can last for years when given proper care. Following tips about cleaning will help to prolong the floor’s life and taking special care in activities can prevent damage, as well.

Protection
Area rugs will protect hardwood floors from dirt and grit, which can scratch the wood. Rugs should be vacuumed regularly to keep dirt from reaching the floor. Rugs that do not have rubber or vinyl backing are recommended. Floor mats placed at entrances will help reduce the amount of dirt that is brought into the house. Mats will also protect against water damage in places like kitchens and entrances.

Some types of shoes, such as cleats and high heels, can dent or scratch hardwood flooring. They should be worn as little as possible on hardwood floors. Also, dragging furniture across the floor can cause dents and scratches. If possible, furniture should be moved by lifting. When the furniture is not being moved, furniture pads placed under the legs of chairs, couches and tables will also help prevent damage.

Sunlight can cause discoloration. Furniture and area rugs will block most of it and curtains covering the windows should block the rest. Even thin curtains will block the ultraviolet rays that cause discoloration.

Maintenance
Water can cause several problems on hardwood floors; it can discolor the wood and warp it if the spill is large enough. Water spills must be cleaned up immediately to prevent damage. If damage does occur, contact the floor manufacturer or refer to the user manual for information on how to correct the problem spot.

Hardwood floors should be swept with a broom that has fine bristles and an exploded end, which will trap dirt and grit effectively. A dust mop with a 12- to 18-inch cotton head can also be used to pick up dirt. Consult the floor manufacturer’s instructions to see if a mop treatment is needed.

A brush attachment or bare floor attachment will get rid of dirt and dust that is in places the broom cannot reach. Vacuums with beater bars should not be used because they can cause scratches. Vacuuming should be done once or twice each week.

Hardwood floors can also be cleaned with a damp mop, but only if the finish is in good condition; otherwise, water might get into the wood. It is also important that the mop be only slightly damp for this reason and those mentioned above.

These tips are only some of the things that can be done to keep hardwood flooring in good shape for many years. More can be found by consulting the user’s manual.

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Hardwood Floors Vs Carpet

Okay, this article is going to be biased, no question.  Ever since I moved into my first home and the washer hose backed up, flooding a third of our brand new carpet, I’ve been a big fan of hardwood floors.  Of course I’ve never had a house with hardwood, but that will be resolved with my next home.  Trust me on this.

If you are trying to determine which option is better for you, you need to consider comfort, price, and sustainability.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Carpets are generally more comfortable underfoot, and may be preferable in situations where people have to stand for extended periods. Carpet is also a cushion in the event of slips and falls, as well as providing a measure of insulation with regard to noise and temperature.  Carpet may also last ten years or more.

On the other hand, carpet can be easily damaged or soiled, with a more involved and expensive cleanup process.  Some cleaning procedures may require that the carpet actually be taken up, a time consuming and involved process.  Over time, carpet may also become matted, and more difficult to clean thoroughly.

If you are considering hardwood, wood only enhances the beauty of a room.  When it comes to maintenance, damaged wood can be sanded and refinished rather than replaced.  Also, wood does not collect as much dust and allergens as carpet.  Hardwood floors are usually easy to clean and maintain their color even over long periods of time.  They are difficult to stain and dirt is easily cleaned off.

Hardwood floors also have attractive natural patterns in the wood, something that is virtually impossible to replicate with carpet designs.

However, wood can also expand during times of high humidity, in some cases warping or buckling.

They can also fade, splinter, dent, or break, and can be severely damaged by leaks from water heaters, bathrooms, or washers.  Also, they do not absorb sound at all and can make for a noisier house.

Hardwood floors are also more expensive than carpeting, because they are all natural materials as opposed to synthetic. It takes longer to install hardwood in a home, as it must be carefully measured, cut, and laid in strips.  In addition, the wood will lose its shine over time, creating a dull look, and may be slippery to walk on when it gets wet.

For me, all the advantages fall in favor of hardwood flooring, but in the end, it all comes down to personal taste.  What works best for you, your home, and your family are all that matter.

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Billy D Ritchie is the Director Of Content for LeadsByFone, LLC, a lead generation company servicing the water damage restoration industry.  He is also the author of the “Water Damage Survival Guide”, a one stop shop for all things related to water damage and your property.

When not writing and educating folks about the perils of water damage, he is also a freelance writer, sometime actor, and formerly professional musician.  He also enjoys spending his weekends building and flying model rockets

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