shutterstock_296127380You’ve spent the time and money to get hardwood floors installed in your home, now what? Hardwood is beautiful, elegant, and a great investment, an investment you want to maintain over time. Keeping your floors looking brand new isn’t effortless, but it’s also not as hard as you think. Floor Coverings International of West County is bringing you some tips on how you can keep your hardwood floors looking their best.


Regular maintenance is the most important thing you can do to keep your hardwood floors in their best possible condition. Experts suggest dust mopping or sweeping your floors at least once a week, and potentially more if you have pets, to reduce scratches from dust and dirt. Then, at least once a month, you should mop your hardwood floors with a damp mop. The mop should be almost dry to the touch, as any excess water will likely warp or damage the hardwood. If you’re interested in using a product to give the floor an extra shine, be sure to speak with a trusted professional before putting any chemical cleaning product on hardwood.


In addition, there are several easy, everyday steps you can take to maintain your hardwood floors. Heels, dress shoes, and sports cleats can very easily scratch your floors, so it’s a good idea to take off shoes at the door. Pets’ nails are also a top reason for hardwood wear and tear, so make sure to have Spot’s nails trimmed every couple weeks or so. Lastly, if you have children in your home, it’s best to keep their play area away from rooms with hardwood floors. Another option would be to place a large, comfy rug in the room where they can comfortably sit and play, without damaging your beloved hardwood floors.


If you’re interested in learning more about hardwood floor maintenance or are looking to place hardwood flooring in your home, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International of West County. We proudly serve the West County, St. Charles County, Chesterfield, Baldwin, and O’Fallon area. Call today for your free, in-home consultation where we bring the products to you!

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