Hardwood is the most popular flooring choice for Calgary homes thanks to its beauty and durability. However, hardwood is also a significant investment that you need to protect. Floor Coverings International Calgary is here to help you prolong the lifespan of your hardwood with these three simple tricks.
1. Always: Sweep and vacuum regularly.
Dust and dirt that settles on your hardwood will make it look older and will also wear away the protective finish. If your hardwood is exposed to heavy foot traffic such as in a kitchen, entryway, or mudroom, you are more likely to see tracked in dirt. When mopping, be sure not to use excess water that can be absorbed by the floor and warp the hardwood. These simple chores will help you maintain the pristine look of your hardwood floors. Think about it this way: the more often you sweep or vacuum, the less mess you’ll have to clean up when you have guests!
2. Sometimes: Rearrange your furniture.
We hold our hardwood to a high standard. It has to be durable enough to resist scratches and dents, but soft enough underfoot that it is comfortable to stand and walk on for long periods of time. Specific rooms in your home with hardwood flooring are vulnerable to more damage from dropped items, while others are under constant stress to remain firm under heavy furniture. To relieve some of these pressure points, consider rearranging the rooms in your home. Move heavy entertainment centers or bed frames to other parts of the room and let your hardwood rest. You can also invest in high-quality area rugs to absorb some of the weight and strain, which will also protect against any acquired bumps and bruises!
3. Once or Twice : Refinish your hardwood.
If you have hardwood in your home that was installed before you moved in, or if it’s been a decade since you installed it yourself, give it a spa day and refinish your floors! This is a very laborious task and we recommend you hire a professional team to do the work. To refinish floors, the surface will be sanded down to an even level to get rid of any superficial damage. The hardwood can then be re-polished or re-stained to the texture and color profile of your choice. The last step is to reapply a durable finish that will seal your floors and resist any moisture or harmful particles from sinking into the seams between the boards. Contact Floor Coverings International Calgary to talk about how frequently your hardwood needs to be treated.
It doesn’t take much to keep your hardwood looking brand new. Adopt these routines and you are sure to prolong the lifespan of your precious flooring. If you are ready for a new flooring project and can commit to these practices, schedule a free in-home consultation to get a no-obligation estimate!