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Hardwood Flooring Maintenance Tips

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While there are many modern types of flooring nowadays, Ann Arbor hardwood flooring is an old favorite of many. It has a natural look and feel to it that no other floor covering has. Also it is very easy to clean and maintain and it can be refinished many times, unlike engineered flooring or laminates.

Hardwood Flooring-photoTo properly clean your hardwood flooring you need to pay attention to a couple of things, since it is very easy to scratch if you’re not careful. Dirt, grime and grit are killers for this flooring type as they tend to mar it unless removed right away. Also if you live in a rather dusty area, it shows more on hardwood than on other materials. This is why one of the most important aspects of caring for your hardwood floor is regular sweeping and dusting. You should do it once a week or if you see dirt accumulated before the week is over, do a sweeping again.

When you’re dusting and sweeping make sure to use only products that have been expressly approved by the manufacturer. If you simply use normal household cleaning products you might be in danger of damaging your floor instead of cleaning it. If you prefer vacuuming, you could easily do that instead of sweeping as it’s also a faster way of removing dirt and grime from the surface.

Avoid using ammonia on your flooring surface and avoid using wax if your have a glossy finish floor.

Depending on your hardwood type, you might have a floor with a glossy finish or with a matte finish. If it’s glossy, it means it has been treated with a water based urethane finish to give it that protective layer over the actual hardwood. The matte finish has been protected with a layer of wax or oil, or a mixture of the two. You should not use any regular detergent on any of the two types as it will easily destroy the protective layer over your hardwood.

If you use water for moping, use only a little, so the water doesn’t penetrate the oil or wax layer. If your hardwood has the glossy finish, you can use some household hardwood cleaner as long as the finish doesn’t contain oil or wax in it.

Avoid using ammonia on your flooring surface and avoid using wax if your have a glossy finish floor.

If you have any water marks on the surface, first you need to remove the glossy or wax protective layer and then use fine grade steel wool to rub the water marks. Then clean the surface and refinish the hardwood.

If you are looking for a Hardwood Flooring Company in the Detroit area, please call Cramer Hardwood Floors at 734-765-2996 or click here to fill out our online request form

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