You finally took the big step of installing that beautiful hardwood flooring that you always wanted. Your new floor looks every bit as good as you thought and you are on cloud 9 and very happy with yourself for taking the plunge and finally doing it. But now your part is about to begin.
Taking care of that beautiful hardwood does take some specific steps. Said in another way you should be aware of some do’s and don’ts that your contractor most likely did not tell you or worse, gave you the wrong directions.
Before I get into the care of the hardwood let me cover a point or two about what you can expect with the floor in general.
Since hardwood is a living, breathing product you should expect to see some behavioural changes for the first few months. Some of what I talk about may include seeing some gaps within the planks with the changing of the seasons. There is nothing to be alarmed about if this does happen. I will cover the best way to combat this below.
And now to the do’s and don’ts:
– Make sure you vacuum regularly
– Definitely use floor protectors under all your furniture legs
– To reduce the chance of expansion or shrinkage definitely invest in a good Hygrometer and if the humidity in your place fluctuates then having a humidifier/dehumidifier is a must.
– One of the most common things I hear is the consumer somehow has been told that if they put a few drops of vinegar in water it is great for cleaning. Well do not take this advice. Hardwood finishes these days are fantastic and you don’t want to take a chance to damage it. Use only the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner for your hardwood. One of the most common brands that most manufacturer’s recommend is Bona. They have different cleaners and mops that are made especially for hardwood and other hard surface floors.
– Do not use a wet mop to clean your hardwood floor. I cringe at this one every time I hear it. Water and wood are not great friends and you should always be trying to control the amount of humidity, as mentioned above. So keeping that in mind, mopping the floor and introducing water to it voluntarily should always be avoided.
Your new hardwood floor can look its best for decades if you take care of it like the prized possession that it is.