Our customers are always ecstatic when they get to see their newly refinished floors. We like to try and remind them that their new floors are merely the beginning of years of great memories framed by having great floors to walk on. It is important to know how to maintain your floors once you have them refinished in order to get the maximum value out of them and to ensure that they are going to shine for years to come.
One of the greatest favors you can do for your new a beautiful floors is buy a broom. Most people are surprised at how harmful dirt and dust can be to a hardwood floor. Wood has nooks and crannies that are invisible to the naked eye. They exist at the molecular level, and can be a safe haven for dirt to collect. Over time, the dirt and dust can degrade the quality of your floors and become noticeable. Regular sweeping will prolong the life of your floors considerably. Better yet, a vacuum cleaner is an even more efficient tool that you can use to keep your floors looking good for years to come.
Deeper stains can be a problem that many floors owners don't know how to effectively deal with. We recommend using professional floor cleaners to deal with deep stains. We realize that a plethora of floor cleaners exists, so we'd like to point you in the right direct. The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) is a reputable source that you can trust. They've compiled a basic list of floor cleaner that anyone can use in the event of a major spill.
Scratching can be another phenomenon that new floor owners are not aware of. Heavy furniture can leave marks that won't go away until you get your floors refinished once again. We recommend using soft tip covers on the legs of all furniture that comes in contact with any hardwood floors. A simple scuff can become incredibly noticeable over time so please be wary.
Pets are another significant problem when it comes to hardwood floors. Although we love our pups and kitties, they can damage a floor quicker that you can say Kibble and Bits. Please be advised that long nails on your animal companion can leave a lasting mark on even the toughest hardwood floor. Cut your pet's nails to help minimize this effect. One additional side note - pet urine should be cleaned as quickly as possible. It can leave horrible stains that the best hardwood flooring specialist won't be able to refinish. Pet urine needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible.
We hope some of these basic tips help you maintain your floors for years to come. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.