Maintaining the Dream Design: Hardwood

Now that there is sound forestry management in place, hardwood floors are not only a fine choice for their beauty but also for their sustainability. With proper care, hardwood floors can stay looking great for a long time before they need to be refinished to bring back their beauty. The secret to hardwood floors is to keep them dry and free of debris. Wipe up any moisture immediately.  Hardwood also wants frequent sweeping to eliminate the grit that enters our homes from outdoors. Imagine that walking on that grime is just like walking across the floor with sandpaper on the bottom of your shoes! Make it a habit to sweep up daily with a soft broom or a vacuum designed for hardwood. Avoid the canister with a beater bar or stiff-bristled roller as it can create nicks and scratches in the process of removing the dirt. Place a protective mat or rug in areas of high use. But, remember to shake it out or clean it regularly; otherwise, it will act like a very large piece of sandpaper rubbing on your wood floor! Don’t use ammonia or dust cleaners; the chemical make up of the product may not be compatible with the chemical finish on your floor. Lastly, keep your shoes in good repair and the dogs claws trimmed; both will leave nicks and scratches. Should you get an errant mark, a little shoe polish in a similar color to your flooring can hide the blemish and postpone the need for a professional refinish of the floor.


About CatTail Studio Arts

I am Theresa - the 'T' in CatTail Studio Arts. My husband, Chuck, is the guy behind the 'C'. Our tales cover our many interests including good food, adventurous travel, cooking, gardening, hiking, cycling, crafting ceramics, beekeeping and occasionally even cat tales!
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