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Have you always dreamed of having hardwood floors installed in your home, but are scared they’re too high maintenance?

Or perhaps you have them already, but they’re a shadow of what they used to be?

Hardwood floors are super popular, and with good reason.

For one, they’re incredibly stylish and give your home a warm, timeless feel.

They’re also really versatile. Whether you’re after a sleek, contemporary look or a more rustic feel, you’re bound to find the right flooring to suit your tastes.

More importantly, however, hardwood floors can last a long time if they’re properly cared for.

Actually, scratch that. Hardwood floors can last several lifetimes. And that’s a very long time.

But while hardwood floors are really easy to keep clean, they’re equally easy to ruin.

Thankfully, we’re here to set you straight.

Whether you’re yet to install them or you’ve had them for a while, read on to find out how to take good care of your hardwood floors.

1. Keep the Outdoors Where It Belongs: Outside

Whether it’s an unusually strong breeze, dirty shoes or a boisterous pet, dirt just seems to find its way inside the house. And when it settles, it forms an abrasive coating that can quickly wreak havoc on your precious hardwood floors.

Luckily, getting rid of dirt is as easy as regular vacuuming.

It’s also a good idea to wipe your feet before you get into the house or, even better, adopt a ‘shoes off’ policy. That way, you won’t run the risk of unwittingly scratching your floor while you walk around the house.

2. Protective Pads Help Your Floors Last Longer

Do you have furniture that’s directly in contact with your hardwood floor?

If so, it’s a good idea to put protective pads under their legs.

Sliding your furniture, or even sitting down heavily causes the legs to rub against the floor. In the long term, this will wear out the floor’s finish and damage the wood underneath.

But that’s not all.

The weight of large or heavy pieces of furniture can also leave unsightly gouges and marks.

Protective pads are cheap and extremely easy to use. Just stick them to your furniture’s legs and you’re done. They’ll reduce the stress on your floors by minimizing friction and distributing the weight more evenly, and save you a ton of money to boot.

3. Use Water Sparingly

While some moisture is occasionally necessary to deep clean your hardwood floors, you should take care not to use too much.

Excess water can seep through the floorboards and, over time, it could damage or even warp the wood. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself up to your elbows in hefty repair bills.

Use moisture as sparingly and infrequently as possible. After saturating your sponge or mop in water, wring it thoroughly so it’s almost completely dry to the touch. And be extra careful not to leave any spills behind.

4. Refinish Your Hardwood Floors Regularly

Your floor’s finish doesn’t just make the wood look good. It also protects it from wear and tear.

Wood is a living, breathing thing; and it needs to be properly treated before it’s ready for your home.

Unfortunately, the friction from everyday use will eventually wear down the finish of even the best kept floors, leaving the wood exposed. For best results, you should refinish your floors every twelve to eighteen months. This will ensure they’ll look good for many years to come.

But the best part is that you don’t have to refinish the floor yourself.

Just give the professionals a call, lay back, relax, and watch your floors get a new lease of life. Simple, right?

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