Hardwood floors add beauty and value to any Minneapolis home. With time, they will also experience natural wear and tear. Hardwood is an investment you should protect. With a little maintenance, they will remain beautiful for years to come. Read on to discover a few tricks the experts at Floor Coverings International Bloomington recommend to keep your floors looking their best.

Hardwood flooring in MinneapolisAdopt a Cleaning Schedule

The best way to maintain your hardwood floors is preemptive care. Adopting a regular cleaning schedule will ensure your floors remain clear of potentially damaging dust and debris.  Here is one cleaning schedule that we suggest for Minneapolis homeowners:

  • Daily: Spend a quick 5 to 10 minutes every day and sweep your floors with a microfiber duster like a Swiffer, or a broom. This will clear dust and debris that can wear the finish over time.
  • Weekly: Thoroughly clean your floors once a week. Lightly mist the floor with a hardwood cleaner, and avoid mopping with excessive water.
  • Monthly: We recommend polishing your floors every few months. This will fill microscopic scratches and even out the protective surface.
  • Yearly: You should refinish your floors every 3 to 5 years, but how often you choose to do so will depend on the wear your floor has experienced. Refinishing will repair scratches and damage to the wood and give it a new protective finish.

Hardwood flooring in Minneapolis.Protect High Traffic Areas

The best way to protect the floors in your Minneapolis home is to cover them up. We recommend covering high traffic areas such as living rooms and hallways with an area rug. This will protect them from dings and scratches and extend the life of the wood.

Repair the Finish

Should your floor experience minor scratching, applying a new protective coating can easily repair it. Wipe the area completely clear of dust and debris and make sure it is completely clean. Once dry, apply a new layer of protective coating and allow it to dry overnight. Repairing minor scratches ensure that they won’t be exacerbated in the future.

Get Started in Minneapolis Today

To learn more about hardwood maintenance or installation, contact our experts at Floor Coverings International Bloomington and schedule a free, in-home design consultation and ask about receiving $200 off your next flooring project. We are proud to serve Bloomington, Minneapolis & Richfield and surrounding areas.

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