5 Steps to Protect Your Hardwood Floors
Do NOT use Murphuy's Oil Soap!
Murphy's Oil Soap works great on wooden furniture, but do not make the mistake of using it on your hardwood floors. You will not notice any effects first on your floors after the first few applications, but if used on a regular basis, the residue will build up and leave your floor with a dull appearance. To restore the shine, the floor will need to be re-sanded as recoating will no longer be an option.
Always Place felt pads under legs of furniture.
Furniture placed directly onto a hardwood floor can potentially scratch the floor, if left unprotected. It is crucial that all parts of each piece of furniture that touch the hardwood floor have a felt pad attached to it. These pads will protect your floor everytime the furniture is moved or accidentally bumped. This is a very inexpensive safeguard you can use to protect those hardwood floors.
Avoid Direct Sunlight.
Direct sun can discolor your hardwood floor. Close all curtains and blinds or add sheer drapes where possible to protect your hardwood floor from the suns intense UV rays.
Use Floor Mats.
Use floor mats in all entryways. This will protect your hardwood floor against muddy and wet footprints. This will also protect against any damage that might be caused by rocks stuck in the tread of the shoe. The mats will also protect against salt tracked indoors during the Winter months.
Use proper Cleaning Agents.
Always clean your new hardwood floors with the proper cleaning agents. Using the incorrect cleaner will have a negative impact on your hardwood floor. Only vinegar & water should be used. You should add 1 cup of vinegar to each gallon of water when washing your hardwood floors. Be sure to mop up any excess water immediately as you move along the floor.
Why should I do all of this?
These steps wil ensure that your home retains its value and protect your hardwood floors against major damage. Preventative maintenance should always be excercised.
What should I do if something happens to my hardwood floors?
Accidents do happen, no matter how many safeguards you have in place. Rest assured that there is always a way to fix any time of damage that might occur to your floor. Give us a call when you need any repairs done. We'd be glad to come back and see you!
Formula for cleaning hardwood floors the right way:
We usually use a vinegar and water solution by mixing 1 cup of plain white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water to make a mild deodorizing cleaning solution that does not need to be rinsed and leaves no streaks or residue.
- Work on one small area at a time.
- Dip a cotton cleaning cloth or mop into the mixture and squeeze out most of the liquid.
- Wipe or mop the floor without spreading the liquid and getting the floor soaked.
- Immediately dry with a second clean cloth or towel to bring out the shine & luster.
Do not allow your wood floors to get too wet and by wiping it dry you will not have any water spots.