Your new hardwood floors look rich and gleaming- you’ll want to keep them that way!
Few materials add such elegance and value to a home in Toronto, as hardwood flooring. This traditional, natural material is a great investment, but proper maintenance and care are essential for lasting beauty and value. Here are a few ways that you can clean and protect your floors, daily.
Daily Care Matters
Furniture pads are your friend
Even furniture that seems stationary will manage to leave marks and dents over time. Wood is available in many varieties,and some are softer than others. Small felt pads are available in many places, including hardware stores. Simply stick the self-adhesive pads to the bottoms of chairs, tables, pianos and anything else resting on the surface of your floor.
Toronto hardwood flooring is often pre-finished. That means harsh or corrosive cleaners are not advised. You don’t need ammonia, bleach or other caustic products to clean daily dirt and grime, and they could strip the protective coating off your wood. Instead, wipe spills immediately with a damp cloth. Sweep dust and debris then mop lightly with an approved, gentle cleaner. Your floor manufacturer will likely recommend a preferred product,butif you aren’t sure, very mild soaps and natural products with minimal water are often best.
Keep shoes off your floor
Shoes themselves can scratch, but any dirt or sand on your floor may also be ground in with foot traffic over it. Busy areas like foyers, hallways, and mudrooms should have a doormat and a runner to protect them from abuse. Over the years, this protective measure could keep your Toronto hardwood floors looking smooth and new.
Trim those nails
For your pets of course! Dogs, in particular, can have toenails that scratch a woods floor’s surface, and on a daily basis this leads to tiny scratches and wear on your floor’s finish. Trim and file the nails, so they are smooth and short enough that they do no harm.
What About Deep Cleaning?
Don’t drench it
You may like to work up lathery suds with a mop and bucket but your wood floors won’t. Try to avoid excess water saturation or allowing any small pools of water to sit on the floor. As wood absorbs moisture, it expands and shrinks. This can lead to warping or splitting over time. A light touch and just a little moisture work well.
Cleaners specifically designed for hardwood flooring should always be used. If unsure, refer to the manufacturer’s website or talk to your local flooring showroom expert. You’ll often be advised to apply a small amount of cleaner directly to a cloth or sponge rather than pouring on the floor. Heat and steam should be strictly avoided. Hardwood absorbs moisture and expands. Harsh heat and excessive water could visibly damage the surface of your wood to the point that it needs to be refinished. Heat is not necessary to clean your wood floor.