Your home floors are important because they bear the brunt of all your activity. From heavy foot traffic to weighty furniture and the occasional wine spill, floors take it all in good stride. For those who already have gorgeous hardwood floors, or are in the market to purchase some, managing them properly is essential to their lasting quality.

Hardwood floors can be a valuable investment for your home, as long as you protect them from moisture, damage, abuse and keep them shining regularly. Here are some tips to keep your wood flooring attractive and long-lasting.

Protect them from moisture

Many homeowners think of moisture damage only in terms of flooding incidents and major leakages, but it doesn’t have to involve a large quantity of water to be damaging. Moisture damage can come from spills, and climatic changes in the atmosphere could leave drops of water on your floors. Make sure your floors are wiped regularly and ensure the room temperature is kept steady with air conditioning in summer.

In winter when the air is dryer, heat can have the opposite effect on your floors by causing them to pull apart at the plank seems. Once again, make sure you keep humidity levels stable to prevent your wood flooring from reacting severely.

Keep your wood floor looking shiny

There are many products, theories, and suggestions for how to care for your wood flooring. They often range from special wood soaps to cleaning agents and waxes. To begin with, it is advisable to get a floor sanding expert who’ll give your wood floors an appealing lustre.  Maintain the shine by cleaning with water and vinegar. Use a spongy mop to wipe, this will clean your floors and protect the finish without stripping it.

Prevent scratches

To prevent the legs of your furniture from scratching the hardwood floors, place felt pads beneath them. Use the doormats in front of the entrances and just inside the doors to catch dirt and sand before they get into the home. If you have pets, clip their nails short to stop them from scratching the floors.

During cleaning, make sure you use soft materials like foam or soft cloth. Objects with hard bristles are a no-no. Your floors are already smooth, they will easily clean when you wipe with a soft cloth.

Take note of changes on your wood floors

Hardwood is made from natural wood products, so it is normal for it to expand and contract. Sometimes, you will notice your floors unnaturally raise and dip in certain areas, this is known as cupping. Cupping can result from humidity, a plumbing leak or stagnant water. Take notice of such changes to your floors so you can correct them on time.

Once you identify the source, you can restore the floor with sanding. Where cupping has occurred for a long time, it may be necessary to change the entire plank.

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