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5 Tips for Caring for Your Solid Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are a stylish choice for any home. They give a classic, traditional look whether you go for a light-colored finish or a darker more formal tone. Flooring Superstores in Calgary will have plenty of solid hardwood flooring for you to choose from. Once you've had your hardwood floors installed, they can last for decades if they are cared for and maintained properly. So how do you maintain your solid hardwood flooring? Your floors might have specific needs depending on the finish. Each manufacturer will have specific instructions for the brand and finish of your hardwood that you can find online, but there are general rules that apply to all hardwood. Here are five tips for caring for your solid hardwood flooring.

Dry Sweep or Vacuum Daily

Sweeping or vacuuming up solid dirty particles on a regular basis will prevent scratching and scuffing. There are hardwood vacuums available that are lighter and easier to use on solid surfaces. But a good old-fashioned broom and dustpan will do the trick. If you have any questions on what kind of cleaning equipment is suitable for your hardwood, ask the experts at your local solid hardwood flooring store in Calgary.

Keep Dry

Avoid using mops to clean your hardwood floor. Excessive moisture exposure can cause warping and staining, so it's best to avoid cleaning with water or liquids altogether. Oil soaps and anything with lemon oil should be avoided as well.

Use Felt Pads Under Furniture

To avoid scratching your hardwood floors, use felt pads under the legs of tables, chairs and other furniture. This makes them easy to slide across the floor without having to worry about damage to your hardwood, making it kid-friendly.

No High Heels

Although it is not always easy to prevent guests from walking on your floors without shoes, it's best to avoid high heels or other spikey footwear on your solid hardwood floors. Heels could cause scratches or scuffs. A "no shoe" policy is always best!

Keep Pet Nails Trimmed

Pets are safe on solid hardwood flooring, in fact, hardwood is very durable for dogs. It is best, however, to keep your dogs' nails trimmed to avoid scratches. A responsible pet owner does this anyway, so you have nothing to worry about!

Following these simple tips will help keep your solid hardwood flooring beautiful for years to come. Contact our professionals and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about caring for and maintaining your solid hardwood flooring.