When it comes to hardwood, maintenance is key—especially here in Chicago. For many homeowners, having hardwood installed is one of the biggest investments they’ll ever make in their homes. Below, the experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago have outlined the steps to keeping your hardwood looking like new for generations.
- Unfortunately, spills and accidents on hardwood are inevitable no matter how hard we try to avoid them. Be sure to clean up spilled liquids like coffee and wine immediately, as these can easily stain or etch your hardwood. Water spots can also warp your hardwood over time, so wipe those up as well.
- Shoes and heels aren’t very friendly to hardwood as they can scuff or dent your flooring over time. Instituting a “no shoes” policy is a smart step to protect your hardwood.
It’s pivotal to have a quick daily routine for hardwood care. Either sweeping or dry mopping are great ways to catch the large bits of dirt and dust that can get tracked in. If left on the surface, dust can gradually scratch your hardwood.
Weekly to Bi-Weekly
Sweeping doesn’t catch everything, however. That’s why we recommend that you vacuum your hardwood at least twice a month. Vacuuming catches the grit and dust that settles into your hardwood. We recommend using a brush or broom attachment for a gentle and thorough clean. If you don’t have those attachments, just your vacuum with the rotating bristle function turned off to prevent damage to your hardwood.
Once a Decade
After a while, hardwood will loose a bit of its shine with age. That’s why we recommend that you have your hardwood floors sanded and refinished about once a decade. This important process buffs away the surface dents, scratches, and blemishes that inevitably happen on hardwood. It’s like a mini-facelift for your floor! Since this is a hard task, we don’t recommend that you do it alone. Make sure to hire a professional to sand and refinish your hardwood. Contact the experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago when the time comes.
Do you want to learn more about hardwood flooring? Our friendly experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago are here to help! Call us today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom. We proudly serve the greater Chicago, Lake View, Ravenswood & Lincoln Square area.