After you have made the decision to purchase hardwood flooring, it is critical that you begin to think about the right wood floor maintenance plan. Installing hardwood flooring is a great decision and properly maintained wood floors can last for many decades. Corlew and Perry has been helping customers maintain their hardwood floors for close to 100 years. With a few simple steps you can add years of life to your hardwood floors.
Basic Wood Floor Maintenance Tips
- Wet Mopping – Don’t wet mop your wood floors. Water can damage hardwood floors, and even dull the finish. If you have a spill of water or other liquids, be sure to wipe those up as soon as possible.
- Preventing Scuff Marks – Some scuff marks will happen, but scuff marks from furniture can be prevented by placing felt under the legs.
- Go Shoeless – The wrong kinds of shoes can cause damage to your floors: high heels and sports shoes are the worst. When possible enjoy your hardwood floors by leaving your shoes at the door.
- Winter Cracks – When winter hits, cracks and gaps can form between your wood planks. Use a humidifier during the cold winter months to reduce cracks or gaps.
- Rugs Are Your Friend – A well placed rug will go a long way to keeping your floor looking great. A rug inside and outside of entryways will grab grit off of shoes and keep it down. If you have hardwoods in your kitchen, a rug in front of your kitchen sink will help keep spills for hitting your woods floors.
- We Recommend Bona™ – We have tried every hardwood floor cleaner under the sun and no one makes floor cleaners like Bona. The Bona™ Hardwood Floor Mops are fantastic. Every home with hardwoods floors should have one.
Beyond the Basics
As much as you try to prevent it, over time your floors are going to acquire scratches. General foot traffic will wear down the finish on your wood floors. When your floors have light scratches and start to get dull, you should consider a screen and recoat on your floors. A screen and recoat is one our most popular wood floor maintenance services. In short, to screen and recoat your floor is to lightly scuff up the seal coat on your floor and apply a new and fresh seal coat. This process is recommended annually. Learn more about the screen and recoat process here.
Sometimes we simply forget about our floors and it’s not until we see deep scratches or gouges that we realize the shape they are in. If your floors have progressed past the basics, and need more than a screen and recoat, then you need to strongly consider a hardwood floor refinishing. This is a more costly procedure than the screen and coat, but it is also a deeper fix. Hardwood floor refinishing involves completely sanding the top layer of wood off, re-staining it to the color of your choosing, and then recoating the floor with a seal coat. This process is recommended every 5 to 7 years.
Corlew and Perry can help you keep your floors in pristine shape over the life of your floors. Let us help you craft a wood floor maintenance plan to protect the investment you’ve made in your hardwood floors. Call us today (615) 832-0320.