Hardwood has been a popular and durable flooring option for hundreds of years. Today, the variety of wood color and textures available can give any home a one-of-a-kind look. However, to maintain the beauty and durability of your hardwood floors, it is important that you properly clean and maintain them and move quickly to repair any damage from flooding or other disasters. If your hardwood floors are flooded, call an expert quickly such as J&M Keystone in San Diego.
BASIC HARDWOOD FLOOR CARE
Good basic care keeps your hardwood floors in good shape and can prevent wear-and-tear that can lead to excessive damage. Weekly or bi-weekly, wipe the floors with a mop that has been treated with an agent that targets and attracts dust. You can also vacuum with a floor-brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner or an electric broom. For quicker dusting, consider using disposable electrostatic cloths. Not only is pet hair and dust unsightly on your floor, but dirt and debris can scratch your floors and wear them down faster.
You can also place mats on both sides of exterior doors. By doing so, you will lessen the amount of dirt and water that is tracked in from outside. A mat inside will also cut down on your need to dust and mop in high traffic areas. Quality floor mats placed near entry doors are one of the biggest single steps you can take to protect your floors.
DEEPER HARDWOOD FLOOR CLEANINGO
ver time, dirt, grime and oil will build up on your wood floors and will not be completely eliminated by your weekly dusting or vacuuming. Twice a year, in the spring and just before winter holidays, deep clean using a wood-cleaning product and following label instructions. You want to avoid liquid standing on your hardwood floors as it can cause damage. If you are cleaning your floors during humid weather, be sure to turn on a ceiling fan or air-conditioner to increase drying speed.
REMOVING MARKS ON HARDWOOD FLOORS
There are several ways you can remove marks and stains on floors. However, you want to be careful not to damage the floor’s finish. Heel marks are fairly easy to remove with fine steel wool and floor wax. If you have dark spots or pet stains, rub with No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If this does not work, apply bleach or vinegar carefully and let it soak into the wood for about an hour. When done, rinse thoroughly with a damp cloth. Oil-based stains can usually be removed by rubbing the area with a soft cloth and dishwashing detergent, which breaks down the grease. Water marks or white stains can also be removed by rubbing the spot with floor wax and No. 000 steel wool.
HOW J&M KEYSTONE CAN GIVE YOU BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD FLOORS
Sometimes, cleaning and restoration is more complicated than you can handle yourself. If you have hardwood flooring that needs to be stain-treated or even completely refinished after a flood, J&M Keystone can help. Our team of professionals can provide you with the best techniques and most efficient equipment to save your floors in the event of a flood or other serious damage. Call J&M Keystone todayand let us help you save your wood floors.
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