Cleaning Hardwood FloorsCleaning Hardwood FloorsHardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home in the greater East Bay, Pleasanton, San Ramon areas. While everyday maintenance is pretty simple, they do require some upkeep to keep them looking as good as new. The experts at Floor Coverings International East Bay share a few tips for cleaning your hardwood floors and keeping them looking beautiful.

Avoid Scratches

Hardwood floors are some of the easiest floors to keep clean as long as the protective coating doesn’t get scratched. To avoid scratching the floors, be sure to use felt or squares of soft carpet under the feet when moving furniture. Clean dirt and grime off of the floors daily, as it can get ground into the floors and builds up between the boards. Area rugs are also a great option because they protect the floors and prevent dirt from getting on them.

Everyday Cleaning

For a room that gets low amounts of traffic, sweeping every few days is all that is needed. For a room with high amounts of traffic, you should sweep them every day to keep the dirt and grime from getting ground into the floor.

To clean up spills, use a damp rag or mop and work from the outside of the spill. If you have a sticky mess and need to clean the spot more thoroughly, be sure to soak up any excess water or it could cause the protective sealant to fail. Once that happens, water left on the floor will damage the wood.

While you can run a vacuum over hardwood floors, it’s not advisable because the vacuum could scratch the floor if more than the bristles and the wheels glide on the floor.

Thorough Cleaning

When it’s time for “spring” cleaning, be sure you use only products that are recommended by the manufacturer. We can help you with this! Be sure the cleaner you use is not wax-based or petroleum-based, because those types of chemicals will damage the finish.

It takes next to nothing to keep your hardwood floors looking like they were just installed as long as you don’t let the dirt build up between the boards and you use the proper cleaning tools and agents. The great thing about hardwood is that it can be sanded and refinished several times, depending on the type of wood. Whether you need new hardwood installed or want to refinish your current floors, give the experts at Floor Coverings International East Bay a call today to schedule your free consultation! We proudly serve the greater East Bay, Pleasanton, San Ramon areas.

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