Hardwood floors are becoming more prevalent in most homes. They bring a homey charm and are aesthetically pleasing. Most know that these floors come with more diligent maintenance and care than other flooring alternatives. There are some routines that could be inadvertently damaging your beautiful hardwood floors that you’re not even realizing.

Leading Carpet Cleaning would like to make you more aware of how you could be damaging your hardwood floors so you can avoid it!

Walking with Dirty Shoes On – When walking into your home from being outside, the bottom of your shoes collect dirt, pebbles and other small particles of debris. Walking across the bare hardwood floor is like taking sandpaper to those floors. It is prudent to have a welcome mat in front of the entry points to your home so the exfoliation of everyone’s shoes entering your home can begin. Having a walk off rug in the entry way is equally as important to keep the dirty grime from direct contact with your floor. Any room in your home that has hardwood floors should be adorned with area rugs in the high traffic areas. Keeping the dirt and pebbles off your hardwood floors will keep the scratches and deteriorating factors to a minimal. On the subject of area rugs, sometimes they can move and slide around easily. The first response is to tape them down with double sided tape, or purchase the sticky, cushiony, mesh rug pads. Both are a mistake as the adhesive can be difficult if not impossible to remove, and will also contribute to damaging the hardwood floor.
Outside water. If you own a pool or hot tub, or simply live where there is a fair amount of rainfall, chances are there are some particular entry points being used where water can make its way from the outdoors into your home. For shoes or rain boots, store them on a plastic tray, and for the pool side entry, use a water resistant area rug to prevent the water damage.
Mopping & Cleaning Maintenance. There are quite a few hardwood floor owners that are mopping incorrectly. A common problem is using too much water. Water will always penetrate down and once it has settled beneath the floor boards, the damage will commence. Hardwood floor can be treated with dozens of finishes. Each finish has a specific cleaner that needs to be used. It is extremely important that you know what finish is on your hardwood floor, and use the appropriate treatments to keeping your floors shining, clean and maintained. On the maintaining subject, don’t let your hardwood floors fall victim to procrastination. Allowing the proper care and maintenance to go undone for extended periods of time can make repairs time consuming and costly.
Furry feet & Sharp Nails of Cats and Dogs. Pet owners need to remember insisting the indoor pets that are walking along the hardwood floors are well groomed. Keeping their nails trimmed is just as vital to the care of your hardwood floors as keeping the dirt away. Once their nails are too long, their little patters around your home can be contributing to the scratches. If this task doesn’t sound appealing, most groomers trim the nails at a reasonable cost. It is also important to clean up cat and dog urine accidents as well.

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Leading Carpet Cleaning has many services to offer, among them is hardwood installation and refinishing. If you need get your hardwood floors back to their original glory, call our professionals to get the job done.