Many people associate hardwood floors with being easy to care for, and while they are typically easy to maintain, there are certain problems that may occur to the wood. One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to caring for hardwood floors is that not all hardwood floors are the same. So, not all products will work well with certain types of wood and may end up causing more damage. If you are unsure about the best products to use for the maintenance of your hardwood floors, it's best to discuss your concerns with the hardwood floor service company that installed the floor. Here are the top three wood flooring problems and what to do about them.
There are a number of different things that can scratch your hardwood floors, including pets with long toenails, metal toys, and furniture. If the scratches appear to be on the surface only, try rubbing a raw walnut into the scratch and then buff with a clean, dry cloth. If the scratch is deep, it's best to contact a hardwood flooring service to evaluate the extent of the scratch. In some situations, such as if it is more of a gouge than a scratch, the damaged area of the floor may need to be sanded and refinished.
Unfortunately, warping and cupping can occur as a result of unregulated moisture content during installation, high humidity, and wet mopping. First, it is important to never wet mop your hardwood floors; damp mopping is fine as long as the mop is only slightly damp. Using a dehumidifier and running the heat and air conditioning as necessary may help to reduce the humidity. Once warping and cupping have occurred, a hardwood floor service can provide recommendations on the best way to repair the damages.
Bamboo and solid woods are the most susceptible, but all wood floors can be easily be dented by moving appliances, dropping heavy objects, and stepping on it with high heels. The best result is prevention, but accidents happen. You can lessen the risk of dents by using casters when moving heavy household items and avoid wearing high heels on the wood floors. If the floor does become dented, depending on the size, you may be able to repair it yourself by holding a warm iron over the wood to draw up the fibers and fill in the dent, but use caution and never place the iron or other hot items directly on the wood. If the dent is beyond DIY repairs, contact a hardwood flooring service to examine the damage and recommend the best way to repair the damage.
Hardwood floors are meant to be durable and may last for generations if they are properly maintained. When cleaning the wood with a vacuum, only use a vacuum that has a soft brush or felt attachment and always check the roller for grit before using it on the floor. Use cleaning products that are specially made for wood floors and avoid using cleaning products that contain abrasive cleaners or bleach.
For more information, get in touch with a company such as Century Custom Hardwood Floor.