Hardwood Floor Care (Part One)
Ok, you’ve just completed professionally installing or maybe just purchased a home or building with beautiful solid hardwood flooring made of Hickory, Red Oak, Maple, Birch, Cherry or other, and now you’re wondering what things can you do to help preserve your solid hardwood flooring for many years to come? This article on Hardwood Floor Care (Part One) will hopefully provide you the consumer some helpful hints or suggestions to help care for your hardwood flooring – with additional “care” hints to come in the future. But for now let’s begin, the attempt per these hints is to keep them as straight forward, simple, and as applicable as possible. Since we are aiming here at “solid” hardwood flooring, as our focus these hints are also applicable to “engineered” hardwood flooring as well unless otherwise noted.
Here are some helpful hints:
#1: Keep all exterior yard walkways clean as possible (this would include things like sidewalks, driveways, entry door landings, patios, decks, garages and etc. clean). Stuff like bits of soil (feldspar, quartz, granite and etc. —- typical sand, no matter the size from around 1 micron in size which is around the size of a grain of salt, and upward in size as large size rocks), concrete chips/pieces from spalding concrete caused from ice melt damage, motor oil and other petroleum products that are fluids in your autos, motorcycles, lawn movers (from say your garage or maybe out on your driveway or parking lot), landscape fertilizers and pest chemicals, animal or bird feces, pollen and other surrounding debris from landscaping vegetation, debris (things like ice melt, plowed melting ice/snow, sand, street or crack sealer, and other debris they can cause from various work performed) caused from say city work on roads in front of your property, debris from repaired concrete, ice melt that you may need to use, debris that has blown onto these areas by the wind itself, and so. The reason for this somewhat lengthy list here just described was too purposely to cause you to begin to be observant of these areas and the cleanliness of them. You might ask why? Simply put, this stuff ultimately ends up to some degree onto your beautiful hardwood flooring – and this stuff is your hardwood flooring’s enemy!
#2: Placement of exterior walk off mats, this is also very important. In simplicity, as many as you can and as large as you can is the best! There have been several studies regarding on average the amount of steps each foot must make to rid each shoes sole of at least most of the debris that is attached to the bottom of them (this is conditional depending on various types of materials that are adhered to the shoes soles, the presence of moisture verse dry, a person stride and etc.) but still on an average it takes a mat of around 15’ in length to remove the bulk of what it will be able to from the typical semi smooth soft sole shoe (since some soles are basically smooth, some are course, some are traction type and etc. and etc.). The closer you can accomplish the length (or even exceed it), no matter is it’s through a combination of more than one mat or one single mat the better you are, and if you can’t reach the 15’ length – whatever you can do is still better than none at all. If you do use a system of multiple mats, then start with a fairly course mat, then work downward to a softer more plush type mat – again having some mat system is better than none at all. Then, KEEP THESE MATS CLEAN! These mats won’t do what they are designed to accomplish if they are full of soil, cover with debris, and any other foreign matter – again, keep them clean (and DRY). Here in Colorado, we get days of cold snowy weather and mats can become saturated with water, snow, ice, ice melt, frozen and etc. and the mats outside can simply put, be difficult to keep clean at all times. So, make sure the mats inside at least are clean and dry even if this means changing them out often. Just keep in mind that whatever isn’t caught on your mat(s) likely will end up onto your beautiful hardwood flooring! NOTE: If you’re a bold person – you could simply request people coming inside to remove their shoes at your entrance door, even year round (provide a flat shoe collection tray for shoes), but often this isn’t a reasonable option – you decide if it is?
#3: Take a look at the bottom of your shoes searching for their condition and any foreign matter stuck onto or into your shoe soles. Correct any issues found, such as stickers, bits of metal, nails from shoe heels, overly soiled and so on. This again, may be a time to remove them, get new shoes, or other. But, when your shoes are removed place them clear of your hardwood flooring.
More to come soon in “Helpful Hints” Hardwood Floor Care (Part Two)
August 28, 2015
Written by: BRAVO Carpet Cleaning & Care / Greeley, Colorado 80634 / 970-396-6665