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Tips for Cleaning, Maintaining & Refinishing Hardwood Floors in Beverly Hills California

The dingy old carpets in your home needed replacing and badly. With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to make a final choice on what kind of floor you want, but you did it! You had Steam Green Carpet Cleaners come and install the perfect hardwood floor that you had been gravitating towards. The hardwood floors accent your home just perfectly creating a down to earth homey feel with just the perfect dash of elegance. Now you need to understand the proper care for those beautiful floors.

Caring for Hardwood Floors

Caring for hardwood floors requires a little more diligence than caring for tiled or carpeted floors. Hardwood is a fickle material and needs to be properly cleaned and maintained to prolong the life and eye appeal. It’s not an exhausting or problematic affair, but it does require more routinely scheduled maintenance.

Steam Green Carpet Cleaning has prepared a few tips to help care for your Hardwood Floors.

1. Daily dust and dirt removal for high traffic floors, a minimum of weekly dirt and dust removal for rooms not often occupied. Whether your choose to vacuum (bare floor setting) or own a dust mop, it is prudent you clear the floor of dust and dirt. The fine grit of dust and dirt will act as sandpaper, and slowly wear through the hardwoods finish. Make sure the brushes on the vacuum or its attachments are not spinning as this can scratch the floors surface.
2. Avoid getting your hardwood floors wet. Water can ruin the finish of hard floors, seep into the root of your floors and cause staining, and eventually can make your boards warp and need replacing. Make sure windows are closed during rain, and any liquid spills are wiped up immediately. If you keep any potted plants on your floors, keep a trays underneath them.
3. Furniture polish isn’t a suitable cleaning aide for hardwood floors. Furniture polish and even hair spray can cloud the finish of your hardwood floors. If either come into contact with your hardwood floor, don’t stress; clean up with non-ammonia window cleaner.
4. Clean residue with a no-wax wood floor cleaner. To clean up any small messes before they become giant catastrophes, it is good to keep a cleaner easily accessible to treat any spills that might occur. If you notice dirt, clean before the finish can be damaged, or ground in. Liquids can stain and diminish the finish. Keep both under control.
5. Educate yourself on hardwood floor waxes and restorers. Rejuvenating your hardwood floor with wax is perfect if your floors have a wax finish. Do not apply wax to floors that have a shellac, varnish, or polyurethane finish. It can make your floor dangerously slippery and also interfere with subsequent finishes. For polyurethane finishes use a polish that is compatible for it. Other finishes can be polished with general-purpose floor restorer. Be sure to do a patch test in an inconspicuous area to ensure there won’t be any peeling or finish won’t be compromised.
6. When having the entry way open to hardwood floors, an extra long walk way rug is a optimal, along with a high quality outdoor mat. Keeping as much dirt off the hardwood floors just extends the finish and keeps caring for the floors a breeze. Be sure to keep the indoor rugs clean and the outdoor mat swept.
7. If you want to preserve your hardwood floors, an appropriate sized area rug for high traffic areas is recommended. High foot traffic, especially if shoes are worn indoors, can quickly deteriorate the finish on your hardwood floors. Area rugs can assist in keeping extending the life of your hardwood floors. Be sure not to get a throw rug with vinyl or rubber backing, this can trap moisture from humidity which can damage, stain, and ruin the finish.

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Following these basic steps can keep hardwood floors looking showroom ready for day to day cleaning. If you find your floors need a refinishing or repair, an experienced professional from Steam Green Carpet Cleaners can help. With our array of services, all your floors can be cared for by an expert. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you!

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