Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wood Floor Care

Wood floors are beautiful in any home and a selling point. With a little t-l-c and it will stay just as beautiful for years to come.

1. Sand and mud tracked in on your shoes can scuff and mar the surface of your floors, just think about what sandpaper against wood. To prevent this, sweep often. Just a quick once over with a broom, a dust mop or a static duster will remove surface dirt.

2. If you do end up with scratches on your floors, grab a little shoe polish in a matching shade and buff it into the surface. You'll never know the scratch was there!

3. For a more heavy duty cleaning, add a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to a gallon of warm water and use the mixture and a well rung out mop to clean the floors, taking care not to over-wet the wood. It is better to use a vinegar mixture than oil soap because over time the soap will leave a build-up on your wood.

4. To protect your floors from excess wear, use area rugs in high traffic spots. These rugs allow the beautiful wood to shine around the perimeter.

5. Direct sunlight will discolor wood so make sure that you filter light with curtains and draperies.

6. Put protective felt pads on the feet of your furniture to prevent gouges and dents.

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