Live Your Life with Flawless Hardwood Floors February 16 2015, 0 Comments
Heavy foot traffic, dents, and scratches on your hardwood floors are no reason to despair. Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest! Remember to take a deep breath and relax. As the saying goes, for every problem there is a solution!
Hardwood floors are undoubtedly a favorite choice amongst homeowners. Wood floors will add years of warmth and beauty to your home. They can also increase the value of the property and speed up resale. Ongoing floor care is recommended to keep the hardwood floors looking their very best.
There are various protective measures you may consider to preserve the beauty of your hardwood floors. For example, utilize area mats and rugs in high traffic areas of frequent spills such as the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Keep the nails of your domestic pets trimmed and short. Avoid wearing stilettos, boots, and your everyday shoes on the floors. Immediately clean up spills. Use blinds or sheers in order to protect the floors from discoloration caused by direct sun rays. Lift furniture whenever moving or transferring them from one place to another. Also, use felt pads under the legs of furniture in order to avoid gouges and other abrasions.
If you noticed that your hardwood floors have a few scratches on them, do not fear. There is now a recommended product readily available to help you disguise or conceal scratches on your hardwood floors. Scratch Concealer helps you to breath easy and get back to enjoying your life. You will always have a secret weapon for tackling those pesky, uninvited abrasions. Spend less time worrying about those inevitable scratches, and more time living your life!
Holiday Hangovers and Hardwood Floors January 21 2015, 0 Comments
The holidays are a time of fun with friends and family. Your home becomes the hub of parties and get togethers. Excited children, pets, and a lot of foot traffic can wreak havoc on your home’s hardwood floors. Now that the holidays are over it is time to give your hardwood floors the attention that they desperately need. This article offers great tips on how you can treat your hardwood floors.
With all the extra people that you may have had over during the holidays, you may have noticed excess dirt or mud tracked in onto your wood floors. If you had family members that decided to bring their pets, Fido and company may have shed during their stay in your home, causing that pet hair to sneak into the crannies of your wood flooring. The proper method of weekly cleaning is to use a flat mop that has a microfiber head like a Swiffer.
Since weekly sweeping of wood floors is unable to pick up all the dirt that finds its way into the crevices of your floor, a routine deep cleaning can bring out the natural beauty of your hardwood flooring. According to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, you should take a wood floor cleaning product and dilute it according to the directions. Next take a microfiber cloth, sponge, or a rag mop and dip it into the floor cleaning solution. Squeeze out the excess moisture until it is only slightly damp to the touch. Be careful to not have too much moisture on while you clean as standing water can cause severe damage to your hardwood floors.
As you were hosting some of your holiday parties, some damage marks may have suddenly appeared due to spills, tracking in snow, or even pet accidents. Not to worry. You can still save your hardwood floors. For pet stains or dark spots you will want to use some floor wax and rub it in with No.000 steel wool. You can also let some bleach or vinegar sit on the stain for an hour if using the steel wool does not remove the dark spot. Use a damp cloth on the affected area when finished. Many people dress up for holiday occasions meaning many ladies will be wearing high heels, which can do a number on your hardwood floors. Get rid of any heel or scuff marks on your floors by using fine steel wool and floor wax.
Many people love the look of hardwood floors, but hate all that goes into the upkeep of them. Maintaining your hardwood floors does not have to be difficult. Keep your hardwood floors looking great for many years to come with these simple tips that will come in handy before and following the holiday season!
Avoiding Winter Wear and Tear January 14 2015, 0 Comments
Many homeowners dread the winter season because their hardwood flooring could potentially suffer damage due to the harsh weather elements. However, with the help of a few simple tips, you can easily keep winter elements such as snow, slush and slat at bay and ensure that your hardwood floor retains its natural look and feel without suffering any unsightly cosmetic damages.
Invest in Rugs and Floor Mats: By placing door mats or rugs over your floor, you can ensure that snow and slush stays outside your home and not inside it. Always keep spare mats and rugs so that you can rotate them in case they get wet. Also, make it a point to remove your shoes at the door and not bring it all the way inside your home. Ask your guests to follow the same. Allocate a separate spot to dry your shoes if they are wet.
Deal with Pets: If you have pets at home such as dogs and cats, there is a very high possibility that they might leave behind snow and slush across your flooring once they return home after venturing outside. So it is a wise idea to train your pets in such a way that they wait by your home’s door for you to dry their paws and then proceed to enter your home.
Watch Humidity Levels: Prolonged use of heaters within your home during winter will cause your hardwood flooring to lose its inherent moisture and sport visible cracks due to shrinkage. If you notice that your home’s humidity levels are low and not at an ideal level, allow a humidifier to run for some time to restore the balance.
Practice Regular Cleaning: No matter how conscious and alert you are, there are always possibilities for snow and slush to creep into the nooks and crannies of your flooring. So cleaning your flooring on a regular basis is imperative. You can either vacuum or use a mop to remove the debris and keep your floor spotless.
The above mentioned tips are extremely useful for hardwood floor owners who are keen on protecting their investment and see to that their flooring lasts for several winters without having the need to undertake any repairs or replacements.
Protecting Your Hardwood Floors When Playing Hostess January 07 2015, 0 Comments
Do you or some of your friends shy away from volunteering as the hostess for an upcoming holiday party or event? Aside from the stresses involved in the preparation, almost everyone is concerned about the resulting damages your homes may sustain, especially to the hardwood floor. Hardwood floors are expensive and tedious to maintain and a day of fun might not all be worth it.
But you shouldn’t really be concerned about playing as a hostess because there are several ways for you to prepare and protect that shiny and sleek hardwood floor. Here are some of the best tips and tricks:
Cover Your Floor with Carpets or Rugs: Still the best way to protect your floor from all risks including heavy foot traffic, liquid spills, stains, accidental hits, dents and scratches is to cover it with carpets or rugs. Although it’s a costly option, you are 100% sure that your floor will be protected.
Reseal or Recoat Your Hardwood Floor: Except for hits and bumps from heavy objects, hardwood is generally protected from moisture, liquids, and stains through coating and sealing. If it’s really an important party you have to host and if you still have several weeks to prepare, you might want to reseal or recoat your hardwood floor.
Prevent Dirt From Coming Inside Your Home: Heavy foot traffic can really make a sleek wooden floor into something rugged. The problem is not really on the amount of traffic but on the footwear and what your guests carry along with them; dirt. Dirt, sand, and other debris work like sandpaper scratching and destroying the surface of your hardwood floor. The more dirt brought in, the worst damage it can produce. You can prevent dirt from entering your house by using mats and rugs at your doorstep. For better cleaning, use a combination of damp and dry mats.
Use Chair Glides: To reduce that damaging friction between your floor and chair or table legs, ensure to use chair glides. It’s cheap and widely available in the market.
Consider Casual Attire: Unless it’s really a formal occasion, why not suggest a more casual or informal attire. Your goal is to convince guests to wear indoor slippers instead of high heels or best, let them walk barefoot inside the house.
Bring Your Party Outside: Another great idea to prevent all the headaches is to bring the party outside. If you have a nice lawn or garden, why not showcase it to your family and friends. Unless it’s freezing winter time, it’s always best to host a party outside.