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Maintaining anything is a great way to keep things looking great! Wood floors are no different. So whether your floors have just been finished or you are looking on how to maintain them we will give you a few tips on how to get the most out of your floors.
Sweep or Swiffer
Keeping grit and other debris off the floor is important in keeping your floor looking in top condition. If you allow dirt and debris to build up on the floor, it will begin to grind into the floor and can scratch the finish and wear it down over time. To prevent this, you want to sweep or swiffer the floor based upon how much traffic your floor gets.
First off you’ll need to know what type of finish you have on your wood floors. Different types of finish have a large impact as to what type of cleaner you should use. If its a film finish you should use a neutral PH hardwood floor cleaner. If you have a penetrating or hardwax oil use the recommended cleaner from the manufacturer. Cleaning the floor will remove dirt and surface stains and renew the shine and luster of your floor.
You may be thinking what does indoor climate have to do with maintaining my wood floors? So, your hardwood flooring was once a living thing, and after it is turned into wood flooring, even though it is not growing it is still affected by temperature and humidity. Keeping the temperature between 65-75 degrees all year round along with RH(Relative Humidity) of 35-50% year round will help your floor perform at its best!
I hear from many wood flooring professionals that they don’t like the use of rugs on hardwood floors. However, the right type of rugs, placed in high traffic areas can help prevent unnecessary wear to your hardwood floors. A couple of key areas for rugs are by the sink, dishwasher, and exterior doors. These places tend to have more moisture and are also higher traffic areas. Here is a good article we wrote about choosing the right type of rug for your floors.
This is a service we offer that cleans the floor with a special machine. The machine applies cleaning solution and then has a cleaning brush that cleans the finish. The built in vacuum removes any of the moisture thats left, giving you a floor that is clean. This option is great for older floors that are in great condition, but just need a deep clean to bring them back to life.
Contacting a professional to re-coat your hardwood floors can add years to the life of your floor. What we do is come in and clean the floor with a special cleaner, lightly abraid the floor and then apply a new coat of finish. This will take care of any scratches in the surface of the floor, and will add years of life to the floor by adding more protection.
Taking these steps will help to ensure the longevity of your hardwood floors and protect your investment. If you are unsure about your floors, or have any questions on how to take care of your hardwood floors, contact us, we’d love to help you out.
There are many reasons to purchase an area rug when you have hardwood flooring. Aside from the obvious benefits of keeping your floors looking healthy and spectacular, there’s also the practical benefit of the area rug providing comfort and cushion for you on the hard surface. The most important reason for using an area rug, though, is that it is a great way to add character and extra color to any room! Review these tips for selecting the perfect area rug that will be best for your hardwood floor.
One of the most important things to look for in an area rug is making sure it is non-staining. For a rug to be non-staining, the color or dyes contained in the rug will not run or bleed through onto your hardwood floors when they become damp. In most cases, the rug’s manufacturer will put a warning on the rug that indicates that the color may run through the rug if it is wet, so it is extremely important to read the label before purchasing any area rug for your floor.
Wool has been the staple for rugs for decades and, to this day, still is because it is the best fiber for rugs due to its long lasting durability. Additionally, the back of the rug is equally important because that is the part that will touch the nice hardwood floor. The worst kind of backing for your floor would be a rug with a latex backing. Latex does not allow for circulation, and it will trap moisture or gases that will warp your hardwood floor and ruin the finish. The rug you choose should be breathable. A rug with a woven backing is most ideal because it allows for airflow.
Different Rugs for Different Needs
One of the most popular uses of an area rug on a hardwood floor is for protection from furniture scratches, UV rays or sunlight that will change your floor’s color, or other situations that could cause damage. In addition area rugs can also protect your floor from dust and debris that is brought in from the outside. However, you will want to make sure you clean these rugs regularly because the dirt can make its way underneath your rug and scratch your beautiful hardwood floor. During the winter months, your rug will protect your floor from snow and moisture if you clean and dry your rug on a regular basis.
Consequences of Using an Area Rug
It is true that area rugs can protect your floor and make your room look spectacular, but one unforeseen consequence of using an area rug is the marks left behind over years of sunlight exposure. Depending on the amount of sunlight exposure and the type of wood and finish of your floor, you will see marks left behind.
In this photo, this maple floor had a rug over it for 10 years, and because maple changes so much over time due to UV rays, there is still evidence (the darker toned is significantly noticeable) where the rug was versus where the maple floor was exposed.
Area Rug Pads – Yay or Nay?
Some area rugs come with a backing that already holds the rug in place on your floor, so you may think you don’t need an area rug pad. But, most times, these backings still don’t offer enough support for the rug, and it will begin to slide around on your floor and cause damage. This may indicate that you need a rug pad, but there are a few things to consider before you purchase rug pads:
Verify your floor’s factory hardwood type. While a large percentage of hardwood floors are finished with polyurethane, floor trends are starting to shift towards acrylic, lacquered or luxury vinyl. If you have a one of the three latter types, avoid plastic or PVC rug pads, which will, more often than not, have negative results on finishes that aren’t polyurethane.
There are rugs pads you should look for. Felt and natural rubber rug pads offer great cushioning and they ensure your rug won’t slip around on your floor. Felt can be great for cushioning, but felt pads don’t work well for smaller rugs because they won’t have the same gripping strength as natural rubber pads. Natural rubber pads have excellent longevity and the best gripping strength, and they are safe to use on any type of floor or finish.
Rug pads you should avoid at all costs. Any rug pad that has adhesives will hold your rug in place, but these pads are terrible for your floors. Additionally, PVC or plastic pads can ruin your hardwood floors from discoloration. Lastly, avoid synthetic rubber pads, but they can and will leave marks on your wood that will require sanding and resealing to restore your floors back to their original beauty.
Selecting the right area rug will maintain your amazing hardwood floors and make your home look great, but there can be some consequences with selecting a rug to cover your floors When you are choosing your rug, keep these tips in mind and your floors will continue looking liking new.
“Aaron from Signature Custom Flooring did a breath taking job on putting Ash hardwood floors in our kitchen and dining room and 2 hallways. We would highly recommend Aaron for any project one would have concerning hardwood flooring. He is truly Professional! What an amazing man to work with. We are overwhelmingly pleased! Thanks Signature Custom Flooring for a job well done!”
– Anna Stratton, Hartford
“After seeing the bad shape my floors were in I was doubtful they would ever look “amazing”, but Signature Custom Flooring did a fantastic job!!! I would absolutely recommend hiring Aaron. I’ll for sure recommend him to anyone that needs their floors done.”
– Robert Orde, Green Bay
“Aaron did a beautiful job on our floors. After 15 years, they were in need of refinishing. Aaron restored the original beauty of the maple floors and suggested a water-based finish instead of the oil-based. No more gold floors!!! We also appreciate that there was virtually no dust to clean up. Great job Aaron. Thank you for making our floors beautiful again.”
– Lisa Paul, Oshkosh
“Aaron is an incredibly hard worker with incredible expertise on hardwood flooring. I had NO idea the amount of information out there on species of wood, finishes, etc. and Aaron was so helpful in explaining it all and making sure we got the floor we really had cooked up in our imagination. We could not be happier! The price was great, the service was fantastic and we got exactly what we wanted. I would recommend Aaron to anyone!”
– Nicole Waltemath, Oshkosh
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Learn how to maintain and protect your hardwood floor, as well as how often it should be refinished.