Houston Heights HardwoodHardwood flooring is a premier investment in your home’s interior design and value. Few flooring types compare with the beauty, warmth, and richness of real wood. Its classic appeal now comes in more wood types, grains, colors, finishes and plank size options than ever before.

When you make an investment in hardwood flooring, you want to protect it. One of the top ways to do so is by taking some specific care and maintenance steps to ensure your wood floor retains its look and integrity for years to come. The experts at Floor Coverings International Houston Heights share six of the most important tips below.

1. Minimize Moisture

The biggest enemy to wood flooring is wetness and moisture. Minimizing your hardwood floor’s exposure to it is one of the most significant things you can do to preserve its lifespan. This means closing windows before it begins to rain and drying the floor immediately if it becomes wet. Roof leaks, plumbing leaks, and water from any other source should be addressed immediately. Running a dehumidifier in the room can also be helpful.

2. Be Proactive

Dropped food, spilled beverages, pet accidents, and tracked-in mud can stain wood flooring if they aren’t addressed rapidly. These items can also be a source of additional moisture that will harm the integrity of your floor. Address spills and messes immediately, right after they occur.

3. Enact a “No-Shoes” Policy

Shoes, especially high heels, are among the main sources of dents and scratches to the finish of a wood floor. Consider enacting a no-shoes policy in your home to minimize this wear and tear on your investment. Keep pets’ toenails trimmed as well.

4. Make Strategic Use of Rugs and Mats

Place a mat or rug just inside any doors adjacent to your wood flooring to both block moisture from coming in and as a reminder for people to wipe their feet and/or remove their shoes. Consider placing slip-resistant rugs or a carpet runner on the most high-traffic areas of the wood floor.

5. Sweep Regularly

Use a soft-bristled broom to sweep your wood floors as needed. This will help prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris that could otherwise scuff and damage the floor as it is kicked around by people walking on it.

6. Use Wood Cleaner Only

Do not use cleaners that were not meant for use on wood floors. Wood flooring should be polished using cleaners specified by the manufacturer for best results.

Bonus Tip: Fix Creaks with Baby Powder

Believe it or not, baby powder can help address those squeaks and creaks in your wood floor. The noise is usually coming from just two specific planks with a little excess space between them. Identify the source of the creak, and then sprinkle a small amount of powder there. Gently rub it between the offending boards. Once the gap is closed, the boards should no longer creak.

Hardwood flooring is a beautiful investment in your home’s decor and value. Use these key tips to help keep it looking like new.

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