Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home. Many are making the decision to upgrade their current floors and step onto a beautiful oak or cherry hardwood floor instead. Once you make the decision to upgrade your flooring, you want to keep it looking amazing for quite some time. You don't want to go through the whole process of remodeling your flooring only to have it get ruined in mere seconds because of something that could have been prevented in the first place. Here are three things that could be destroying your hardwood floors.
Not using a welcome mat.
When you walk outside, the bottom of your shoes will end up collecting a bunch of rocks, sand and other contaminants on them. Many people don't realize just how much damage those items can do to their new hardwood flooring. It's almost as if you are rubbing a bunch of sandpaper around your floor with every step you take. The beautiful finish that was once there will end up being ruined much faster than if you had a welcome mat.
Not mopping the right way.
Using too much water when you mop can end up damaging all of the seams in your floor. It will end up building up and forming mold underneath the floor. It can also cause it to move and shift. You don't need to flood the floor with water. You only need enough to mop and clean the area of any soil and contaminants.
Not paying attention to air fresheners.
Many individuals use scented oils to bring a fragrant aroma into their living space. Unfortunately, those oils that you plug into your electric sockets could end up causing a lot of damage to your flooring. As the oil heats up, there is a chance that it could leak out of the canister and spill onto your hardwood floors. Due to the heightened temperature of the oil, it can destroy the finish on your floors in no time. What you thought was simply a way to fragrance your home could turn in to something disastrous.
By avoiding the three things above, you can keep your new floors looking amazing. If you take the proper steps to care for your hardwood flooring, it will stay looking amazing for quite some time. If you are ever in doubt about what you should be doing with your new floors, you can contact a flooring specialist.