How You Could Be Destroying Your Hardwood Floors Without Even Realizing It
You probably have hardwood floors in your home, or know someone who does. But you may not know that your hardwood floors may be getting destroyed by seemingly harmless home decor items and activities. Discover how you could be destroying your hardwood floors, ahead.
No rugs or entry mat
Hardwood floors without any coverings — e.g., rugs — will be worse for the wear. Rugs and doormats protect hardwood floors from dirt, grime, and potential scratches in high traffic areas. A “good entry mat is the first line of defense against dirt, gravel, and other outdoor elements that can mar a wood floor,” according to BobVila.com.
Hint: Your vacuum could be ruining your hardwood floors.
Or using the wrong vacuum attachments
Vacuum attachments can gouge wood floors, according to BobVila.com. To avoid this, use the correct vacuum attachment. “If you only have an upright model, be sure to turn off the rotating brush to keep the bristles from scratching your floors,” Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Labs told Good Housekeeping.
Hint: This harms wood floors and they’re probably in every room of your house.
One of the most important — and easiest — ways to take better care of hardwood floors is to stop wearing shoes in the house. Forte stresses taking shoes off at the door. “This simple act goes a long way to eliminating virtually all of the tracked-in dirt that can wreak havoc on a wood floor’s finish,” Forte said.
Hint: One shoe style is especially harmful to hardwood floors.
Wearing high heels
“Walking on wood with high heels can do similar damage” to taking a tiny hammer to wood floors, according to BobVila.com. The force from the heel itself can put dents in hardwood floors. Avoid wearing shoes, but especially high heels on hardwood floors.
Hint: Don’t wait to clean up a spill.
Not cleaning up messes
You may find yourself “crying over spilt milk” as the saying goes if you don’t clean up spills on hardwood floors. Leaving liquids on hardwood floors can cause the finish to dull, according to Forte. Immediately wipe up any spills with a soft cloth and make sure the wood is completely dry.
Hint: Don’t use this household cleaning tool on wood floors.
“Moisture can penetrate the wood’s fibers causing boards to swell, cup, warp, and separate,” according to BobVila.com. Don’t mop or use any sort of water to clean hardwood floors. The best strategy is to clean the floor with a mop that’s hardly damp.
Hint: Crucial information is needed before deep cleaning wood floors.
Using the wrong cleanser
When washing hardwood floors, the wrong cleaning supplies can be damaging. To know the correct cleaning supplies to use, one must first determine if the flooring is covered with polyurethane or wax, according to the DIY Network. Once you have the answer, either buy wax for wax-coated floors, or use vinegar and water to clean polyurethane-coated floors.
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