Hardwood floors aren’t hard to take care of. For the most part, people love them because of how easy they are to maintain.
However, there are quite a few things you can do to ensure your wood floors are in top-notch condition for years to come.
1. Refinish Your Hardwood Floors Often
The number one way you can extend the life of your hardwood floors is to refinish them regularly. We recommend about every 5 years or as soon as you notice the current finish is fading. You may notice easily worn spots from foot traffic. Moving furniture yourself also leads to scratches that break down the finish on the floor.
Instead of waiting to replace the floors after a couple of decades, you should refinish them now. It’s much cheaper to refinish a worn floor than to completely replace it. The finished product looks as good as new, so it’ll feel like a brand new hardwood floor.
2. Keep Your Hardwood Floors Clean
Keeping the floor clean is also a great way to ensure its longevity. You never want to let dust, dirt, or moisture of any kind sit on the wood floors for too long. This can quickly dull the finish and make them look unattractive.
In addition, any spills should be cleaned immediately. Sitting water will be absorbed into the floors, causing them to warp, stain, and even rot. Stones and dirt particles can also scratch the floors in high traffic areas. It’s a good idea to get rugs for entrances and exits.
3. Avoid High-Pressure Points
High-pressure points are the most common problem caused by heavy furniture. Couches and large cabinets hold a large amount of weight concentrated on very small legs. This increases the pressure per square inch, which
4. Protect the Floor from UV Light
One underestimated problem you face is UV light. The harsh UV light that shines from the sun through windows can fade the floors finish. A nice dark hardwood can quickly start looking a little blonde when UV light hits it every day. Refinishing your floor can protect it from the sun’s harmful and costly rays.
If you feel your floor is looking a bit dull, it may be time for a hardwood refinishing treatment.
The experts at My Affordable Flooring can take a faded hardwood floor and make it look like a brand new floor was installed.