If you have a hardwood floor, you may be wondering how to care for it. Hardwood floors are generally easy to treat and made to last. However, over time the top layer of the floor can become thin and dull, which exposes the wood and could lead to problems. It’s important to be able to spot when this happens and know how to take care of your floor when the time comes.
Use this easy test to see if your hardwood floors need to be refinished:
- If a drop of water beads or soaks in slowly, you may get by with a good cleaning and polishing.
- If a drop of water soaks in immediately, the wood fibers may already be exposed and the floor needs refinishing.
- If the floor is warped, deeply stained, squeaky or otherwise damaged, you’ll need to make repairs first and then refinish.
Hardwood floors can be worn down by many things – from low humidity, sunlight, even high-heels! If you think your floor needs some maintenance, there are many guides available that provide tips and tricks for care. Damage and warping can be a hard thing to deal with on your own, so you may need to seek a professional for some TLC. It’s also important to note which type of hardwood floor you own, engineered or traditional, as engineered floors are made up of more layers and take more refinishing. Engineered hardwood floors are usually put in places where hardwood floors are more easily damaged.
Remember, taking care of your hardwood floors requires you to remove everything from the room, so it is not a job to be taken lightly! Refinishing the whole house means moving furniture around and, often, into storage. Treating your hardwood floor may be a big job to tackle, but it pays off in the long run. Taking care of your hardwood floors increases the value of your property, extends the floor’s lifespan and adds beauty to your house.
Summer is a great time to get cleaning done around the house, though it doesn’t come without its drawbacks – It’s great because you can air out the house efficiently, polish the dirt out of many items and get general home maintenance out of the way. However, it can be hard to beat the heat and sweat that come from summertime cleaning.
Give these tips a try to help keep your house sparkling while keeping your cool:
The Bathroom: Heat and humidity really wreck the bathroom during this time of year. Instead of sweating over the shower, why not try a hands-free solution? There are many sprays and cleaners currently on the market that help you make it shine with minimal work. You can manage mold by keeping your exhaust fan on while you shower and for 30 minutes afterwards.
The Kitchen: This room can easily become a haven for dirt and grime. Mats or coverings for your refrigerator shelves are ideal because they are easy to clean up or replace when they get messy. The heat can also wreak havoc on your trash can. Make sure to fully clean it regularly to keep it from smelling. To prevent future smells, place liners at the bottom of the bin to catch any spills.
The Windows: Dust can take on a life of its own if you enjoy having your windows open in the summer. Unfortunately, this also means that outdoor allergens can float right in. If you have allergies, it’s best to use air conditioning during the peak of your allergy seasons. If you don’t have access to AC, you can purchase easy-to-install window filters to help catch dust and allergens before they enter your home.
Home Maintenance: In general, many home maintenance companies experience slow business during the summer months. Check if they offer any discounts during this time and take advantage of them – Your house, and pockets, will thank you!
While cleaning may be the last thing on your mind during these hazy summer months, it’s always good to invest some time in your house. A few extra steps this summer will give you a head start for the rest of the year, and who doesn’t want that?