How much did you spend on that hardwood floor in your home or business? Don’t worry. You don’t need to answer that because we feel your pecuniary pain – it was a lot.
Because you have spent a vast sum of dough on your new hardwood flooring, you have likely gotten frustrated by the fact that you can’t seem to keep every tile clean shiny all the time.
You’re not alone.
That said, there’s so much you can do that can limit the pain, like frequently sweeping or buying vacuums that are tailored to hardwood floors and not just carpets.
Where do we begin? Here are five tips for keeping your hardwood flooring clean:
1. Frequently Sweep Your Floors
It can seem like your hardwood floors are constantly dirty. No matter what you do – or even what you don’t do – you can’t seem to keep them clean.
Well, perhaps it’s time to add a chore to your endless list of chores: a good old-fashioned sweep.
Every couple of days or so, you should sweep your floors with a broom. Yes, you may want to take the easy way out by vacuuming, but a broom will allow you to get into every nook and cranny.
Don’t worry, you can still use a vacuum (see below).
2. Not All Vacuums Are Created Equal
To complement your sweeping, you should let your vacuum be a great tool in your plight for clean hardwood floors. An in-depth vacuuming job should be completed once a week (preferably Sundays) because it will pick up dirt and debris.
But, it is important to remember this piece of information: not all vacuums are created equal.
In other words, you need to utilize a vacuum that is tailored to the needs of hardwood flooring. For instance, you should purchase a vacuum that contains a soft-bristled attachment – anything with beater bars will create damage and cause scratches.
One more thing: be sure to have a vacuum that has wheels that won’t scratch your floor.
3. See a Spill, Clean a Spill
That can of soda pop, that glass of red wine, that yellow curry. These things will inevitably spill at least once in your home. This is important to note because there is something that needs a follow-up: pick it up. If you see a spill, then you must clean a spill, otherwise it will linger behind and create damage.
4. Clip Your Pets’ Nails
The bane to any hardwood floor’s existence is your dog or cat’s nails. They will create untold damage. Every time they walk or run, you will cringe because you know how many scratches are occurring at that very moment.
Ultimately, you need to do one elementary thing every week or so: clip your pets’ nails.
If you don’t want your furry friend to ruin your hefty investment, then investing in a good clip will save you a lot of money, grief, and resentment in the future.
Remember, there is nothing worse then seeing scratches on your beautiful hardwood flooring.
5. Avoid Walking Around with Shoes
Do you remember being a kid and noticing people on television walking around the house with their shoes on and then we copied that behaviour? Well, you probably perturbed your parents a great deal!
One of the worst things you can do to your floors is walking around with shoes on. Since you saunter around the city picking up a lot of harmful bacteria, germs, and dirt with your shoes, the last thing you’d want to do is to drag that filth into your humble abode.
If you insist of walking around with shoes on, then purchase a pair of sneakers designated specifically for your home. Or, you know, just wear socks.
Every property owner will eventually invest in new hardwood flooring. This is an exorbitant investment to make, but it’s one that pays dividends by adding to the value of your home or making it luxurious.
The hard part about hardwood flooring is keeping it clean. It can seem like an impossible task to make it shiny without any dust and dirt. But it doesn’t need to be impossible if you keep on top of things on a regular basis: a daily sweep, a weekly vacuum, and preventative steps.
There’s a lot you can do, and you can begin today.