You finally took the leap: you installed new hardwood flooring in your home. And the reactions have been incredibly positive. Your home has the classic look of your dreams and you couldn’t be happier with your decision.
But you want to make sure that wood flooring looks as great for many years to come. What’s the best way to ensure this happens?
There are a number of ways to treat and care for wood flooring, and they don’t have to be expensive or complicated. Today, our experts at Denver’s Choice Hardwood walk you through 5 simple tips below.
1. Use Tea Instead of Wax
One of the best-kept secrets of hardwood flooring maintenance has to do with one of your favorite beverages. Many people treat their wood floors with heavy and expensive waxes that end up just peeling off with time.
Instead of going through all of that trouble, you can give your wood floors a pristine shine by using a simple cup of tea. Simply take one tea bag, steep it in water, and allow it to cool.
Once it’s at a comfortable temperature, dip a cloth in it and allow it to soak. Wring the cloth out, and then use the cloth to wipe your wood floors. Always try to wipe in the direction of the wood grain.
The tannic acid in tea helps lift the grain and brings out the natural shine in your floors. The best part about using tea is that it’s all-natural, so if you’re fully committed to no chemicals in your home, this might be a solution for you to explore.
After you’re done, dry it out with a soft towel for a perfect, polished shine.
2. Leave Your Shoes by the Door
The number one cause of hardwood flooring problems? Dirt, dust, and grime. And of course salt during the winter. The more you track in from the outside world, the more you risk dirtying up the clean and classic look of your new flooring.
Try implementing a no shoe policy in your home and you should see a world of difference. You can keep rugs or mats by the door, along with a large basket or rack. These items make it easy for guests to wipe their shoes and remove them. And you can always clean out that coat closet by the door that’s become your go-to hidden storage spot for everything and anything but shoes!
Once inside, consider investing in some slippers or ‘indoor’ shoes. This type of footwear is normally softer and intended to be gentle on your flooring, not to mention warm in winter. With your shoes at the door or left outside, none of that muck and grime can get in and ruin your floor’s perfect shine.