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SIMPLE STEPS TO KEEP YOUR HARDWOOD FLOOR LOOKING GREAT

SIMPLE STEPS TO KEEP YOUR HARDWOOD FLOOR LOOKING GREAT

Tender Loving Care

You sat with your Pasadena flooring contractor and interior designer and pondered many pieces of wood. You compared, you contrasted and finally made your selection. The flooring was impeccably installed by one of the top Pasadena flooring contractors and you just love it. It looks amazing. Almost too good to walk on. Well walk on it you must but these simple tricks will help prevent damage.

BEWARE  OF RUG DANGER

Interior designers love rugs to break up a space and act as an anchor for groups of furniture.  Pasadena flooring contractors warn against using rugs with rubber or plastic backing as they can trap moisture underneath and discolor your beautiful wood. If your room receives direct sunlight, the sun will gradually fade the wood over time. If you leave a rug on dark wood, when you remove it you may find that the wood underneath is a darker shade than the rest of the flooring.

REMOVE THE STILETTOS

High heels and wood do not go well together. Any shoe that has sharp bits or cleats should not be worn on the wood flooring. You may want to make a house rule - all stilettos should be left by the door. Not that I personally like the little black dress and bare feet look but your floor will thank you.

CLIP THE DOG’S NAILS

Scratch, slip, slide. You don’t want your St. Bernard skating on your new floor with long, sharp claws grappling for purchase. Make sure your doggies have a regular manicure.

AVOID CHEMICALS

One of the most frequent questions Pasadena flooring contractors receive is how to clean wood floors. Keep it simple is the best response. Vacuum and wipe with a damp (not wet) mop. Many cleaners are too abrasive for hardwood slats so use with care. Read the bottle if you need to spot clean an area, check the ingredients and follow the instructions before you strip off the surface by mistake.

DRY IT UP

Don’t let water sit on wood. Be extra careful if you have hardwood in your kitchen. Most flooring contractors would recommend a different surface for the kitchen floor because of the wear and tear it has to suffer. Interior designers would certainly recommend continuing wooden flooring into your open plan kitchen if you have wood elsewhere in your living areas to keep the flow. Wood can look beautiful in a kitchen. Just be mindful of leaks that can occur from the fridge and your dishwasher. By the time you find them, the damage could have already been done.

KEEP HEAVY FURNITURE OFF

Heavy appliances or furniture will cause indentations in your wood flooring over time. Ask your Pasadena flooring contractor how to protect the hardwood flooring from being dented.

By Jane Noble