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So you just had hardwood flooring installed throughout your house. The beautiful natural luster of this stunning flooring option is sure to bring years of enjoyment, and a lifetime of beauty, but there are a few tips to take into consideration to take care of your new hardwood flooring. Many people are often confused as to the best practices to follow when cleaning their hardwood flooring. Below is our easy guide to caring for your brand new hardwood floors, or old hardwood floors alike.
- Hardwood flooring looks best when clean. Dry mopping is perhaps the best way to keep your floors clean. Never use a cleaner on your hardwood flooring unless it was specifically mentioned by the flooring manufacturer or the professional installers who handled your flooring installation.
- Never use water on your hardwood floor, as it can ruin the finish and damage the wood. Never use abrasive cleaners on your floor like steel wool. Wax is also never recommended for your floor and can cause permanent damage if used.
- Area rugs are a great way to add some more beauty to your room, but also protect your new hardwood flooring. Area rugs not only add warmth and color, but they add a protective layer that can ensure your hardwood floors are protected. Consider placing them in all high traffic areas.
- Humidity is hardwood’s enemy. Be sure to keep your room temperature controlled and consider using a dehumidifier in your home.
With a little TLC, your hardwood flooring can last for years to come.