Maintaining Your Hardwood Floors

If you want to keep your floors looking great and want them lasting you for many years then you need to do what you can to keep that look up. This requires you to follow the proper instructions and maintaining them all year round. We have some helpful tips on what you need to be careful and what products to stay away from.

The first thing you need to remember is that engineered hardwood floors are different from laminate or the real thing. Because of this you are going to have to do things differently. Many people will use products like Murphy’s Oil to clean them and keep them looking shiny. However, this could be the worst thing for them.

Over the years the flooring has changed as have the materials used to make them. The ingredients in these products will often strip the finish off of them. Trying to put this back on your floors can be tedious and expensive and it can only be done once or twice. It is best to talk with the manufacturer and ask them what cleaner is best to use.

Some of these specified cleaners can be pricey for us. An easier solution that will not hurt your floors is a mixture of warm water and a small amount of dish detergent. This will easily remove any dirt and food stains that are on the floor without damaging the finish. Just make sure that the mop you use is gentle and will pick everything up instead of just moving it around the floor.

Dirt is something that always finds its way onto our floors no matter what precautions we take. Make sure that you clean it up quickly and do not let it sit on your floor and allow people to grind it in further when they are walking. Also never leave water sitting on the floor. If you drop something clean it up right away even if it is just water that will dry fast.

The problem with leaving water on your floors is that it can cause them to warp. Many manufacturers will claim that the floors are waterproof and can withstand anything. But the materials used to make them will expand when large amounts of water sink to it for too long. This will create a bulge in the floor that cannot be flattened.