Houston Heights HardwoodHardwood floors are a great addition to any Houston Heights home because they are very durable, add value, and look beautiful! In order to keep your floors looking great, they do require some maintenance. Below are four tips for maintaining hardwood floors from the experts at Floor Coverings International Houston Heights.

Keep it Clean

One of the best preventative measures when it comes to keeping your hardwoods looking like new is to keep up on the day-to-day maintenance. Sweep your hardwood floors a few times a week, clean up any spills right when they happen, and mop your floors weekly. Our shoes carry particles that can harm the beautiful hardwood finish on your floor. When mopping, be sure to use a cleaning agent that will not stain hardwood or remove the finish. Chemicals to avoid on your floors include vinegar, acrylics, citrus, silicon, urethane, or tung oil.

Use Mats and Rugs

One way to protect your hardwood floors is to cover them up. In high traffic areas such as the living room, it’s smart to use an area rug on your flooring. This prevents dirt from ruining the finish, as well as furniture and shoes from damaging the wood. Area rugs are a great way to add more color and design to a room as well. Doormats should be placed near the entryway so that visitors have ample time to clean the bottoms of their shoes before entering your home.

Polish the Floor

Applying a polish to your floor can help smooth a floor’s surface by filling in dings and scratches. To keep your hardwood looking great, it should be polished every few months.

Sand and Refinish

Regardless of how well you maintain your floors, eventually they are going to need to be sanded and refinished. This can be done several times, depending on the type of wood chosen. This allows you to get rid of any dents and scratches and add a new finish to your floor.

Give the experts at Floor Coverings International Houston Heights a call today to schedule your free in-home consultation where we bring the hardwood samples right to you! We proudly serve the greater Greater Heights, Montrose, Upper Kirby, Museum District, and Downtown areas.

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