ZAP THAT DUST!
Dust and debris really does take a toll on a floor’s sheen. Sweep or vacuum often…at least two times a week. Once a week, use a microfiber mop with a homemade solution (1 tablespoon distilled vinegar in 1 gallon of water) to wipe up stuck-on dirt. Avoid products that claim to “shine,” “polish,” or “rejuvenate”; they often contain additives, like acrylic wax, which actually create a buildup. I love my SHARK STEAMER! Great deal on QVC at the link below:
The best temperature for wood floors is 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with a 30 to 50 percent humidity level. Keep your thermostat in that range year-round and you’ll lessen the chance of planks gapping and buckling, which is caused by drastic changes in heat and moisture, says Miller. But don’t sweat slight heat fluctuations: The room temperature has to change radically and stay that way for a prolonged period to affect the wood.
It’s not that you shouldn’t wear shoes, but whenever possible, try NOT to walk on wood floors in high heels, which can easily put dents in the surface. Furniture can scratch wood, too, so place felt stick-on pads to the bottoms of all chair and table legs. Put doormats outside every entrance to keep out dirt, sand, and salt.
CONSULT A PRO!
Properly maintained floors may never require replacement. According to the National Wood flooring Association, wood floors can last well over 100 Years if taken good care of! But when the wood loses its luster, hire an expert to apply a new coat of finish. If your floors see a lot of foot traffic, food spills, or pet mischief, have the surface sanded every 7 to 10 years or whenever you notice worn areas, loss of stain color, or gouges.
TAKE A PEEK
Q & A’s answered by National Wood Flooring Association:
Take good care of your home! It is a reflection of who you are ;)