Getting Into A Routine With Your Floor Care
Your wood floor was a pricy installation. Getting the right setup that meets your particular décor needs, from the type of wood to the finish treatments that are applied on it- it no doubt cost a pretty penny. It’s was worth it, given the beauty and charm that the wood floor brings to the interior space. Certainly, you want it to remain elegant throughout its life. This can be made possible with proper care. Following a schedule for this will enables you to keep things in optimal condition. This includes:
- Daily dusting
This is easy and important. There’ll be dust building up on the floor on a daily basis- from the particles that settle on the surface from the airspace, to the soiling that is tracked into the building under people’s shoes that gradually breaks down. The dust particles are abrasive, and the more they accumulate the larger the effect they will have on the floor. As people walk about the premises, the soiling gets ground against the surface, wearing it down. What’s more, the dust itself is an allergen, reducing the indoor air quality of the room. Daily dusting aids in controlling it. From vacuuming to using tools like microfibre mops that lift up the dust and lock it within the structure of the material- different measures can be put in place. The end goal is to ensure that the dust is lifted off the wood floor and disposed of.
Note that when it comes to vacuuming, the choice of the unit to use is key. The ordinary vacuums can damage the installation. Traditional vacuums that come with roller brushes with the thick bristles can end up forming scratches on the floor. Even the beater brush becomes a nuisance in this case, scattering the dirt and debris, thus drawing out the cleaning process. For the vacuums that have been primarily designed for use on carpets, they usually come with plastic wheels, which can easily cause scratches on your floor as well. They also tend to lack the protective padding needed for this task. When selecting the vacuum to use for your hardwood floor, steer clear of those with rolling brushes- or at least select one where the brush can be switched off, thus preventing it from spinning and damaging the wood. Go with a unit that comes with rubber wheels and padding, to avoid issues like scratches and gouges being formed- and always check the condition of the wheels before you begin vacuuming. Here, it’s also recommended that you work with a lightweight and compact vacuum- after all, the lighter it is the easier it will be to glide across the hardwood floor, and the less the pressure that will be applied onto the surface.
- Weekly cleaning
Next is the cleaning process, where specialized agents are required to get rid of the dirt and grime that is on your floor. Note that the emphasis here is on using products that have been developed for use on wood. The all-purpose cleaners, vinegar and ammonia solutions, and similar formulations that are used when working on other surfaces are not ideal for use on your hardwood flooring. Sure, the structure is durable, but working with products with incompatible pH levels will damage your installation. For instance, vinegar will dull the finish, basically eating it away even when you have diluted it with water.
When carrying out the cleaning, use a damp mop. Excess water amounts are a threat to your wood floor. Remember that wood is hygroscopic, and variations in moisture levels will cause it to absorb more water into its structure. Issues like warping and cupping will result. The water will seep through the seams, and accumulate underneath it, causing an imbalance in the moisture levels. Ensure that the mop has been sufficiently wrung out before proceeding with the task.
The frequency of the cleaning is dependent on the amount of traffic handled in the establishment. Office buildings, shops and malls, entertainment centres and the modern-day busy homes with kids and pets running amok- these will require more frequent cleaning. When dealing with the stains, be careful to use products that will be suitable for your particular wood floor. A solution that removes coffee stains on the tiled countertop doesn’t mean that it will be suitable for the same type of stain on the wood floor. For these stains, deal with them as soon as you can. When a spill occurs, blot up the excess liquid and then treat the rest of the spot. The longer that a stain is allowed to dwell on the surface, the more difficult it will be to remove.
- Sanding and refinishing the floor
This will be needed after a couple of years, depending on the state of the floor. When you notice that it has loads of scratches, cracks have formed, the existing finish has been dulled, or there are cases of water damage- you don’t need to pull out the boards and replace them. With floor sanding services, you get to give your installation a fresh start. The existing finish coats are removed, with a thorough floor sanding that gets through to the bare wood. From here, fresh new treatments can be applied-from the preferred wood stains to the varnish. This can also be done when you want to give your flooring a new look- like changing the colouration and gloss level in order to meet your style and décor needs. Issues affecting the floor- like the scratches and cracks that have been formed over time, are also resolved. For the floor sanding, it is recommended that you get professional help, especially since it is a labour-intensive job that is fraught with risks. From working with poorly-tuned machinery, to oversights like moving the sanders too slow such that they end up sanding too much into the wood than is intended, or cases where swirl marks and divots end up being formed- it can be frustrating. Blunders made here can lead to the permanent damage of your flooring- which is not a risk that you want to take.
Getting Into A Routine With Your Floor Care