Today, many people are tearing out carpeting and replacing it with hardwoods. Refinished or engineered hardwood floors provide a much fresher and updated look for your home. They are easier to maintain. It is also easier to keep your hardwood floors looking new as compared to carpeting.
Once you have your new flooring installed, how do you properly maintain it? Below, find seven tips to keep your hardwood floors looking new.
It is important to develop a habit of regularly cleaning your floors, particularly sweeping or vacuuming away dirt and debris. This helps you avoid having to spend more time and money on repairing your floors in the long run. Through daily preventive maintenance, such as sweeping every evening before bed, you can keep your hardwood floors looking new.
Spills happen. That is a fact of life. Although having hard floors means less likelihood of a spill becoming a stain, you still need to clean the mess up quickly. Stains can set into wood floors if they remain on the surface too long. When that happens, you must have your hardwood floor refinished to refresh its appearance.
As said before, sweeping your floors daily is an important rule to keep your hardwood floors looking new. But this rule deserves a second and more specific explanation. Residual dirt left on the flooring can scratch the wood. People easily and unknowingly step on tiny granules of sand or other debris left on the floor surface. As they move or apply weight, each granule works like sandpaper.
Consider using a rubber broom. These special brooms do not scratch the surface of your floors and work very well for picking up dirt and debris like pet hair and dander.
If you have a standard amount of foot traffic going through your home, you need to use hardwood floor cleaner once weekly. This simple step can keep your hardwood floors looking new much longer. They also provide a fresh scent and slight sheen that everyone appreciates. Find these cleaners in your hardware store or from your professional flooring company, such as Cary, North Carolina's Tri Point Flooring. Spray the cleaner and buff the flooring gently using a soft cloth or hardwood broom.
Many people do not realize that soap and water damages hardwood floors. Wood suffers water damage, so you need to keep water out of contact with these surfaces. The liquid seeps into cracks in each board, as well as the crevices between planks. This causes discoloration, swelling and deformation of boards.
Instead of using a traditional mop and bucket to clean your flooring, invest only several dollars in better materials. You need a microfiber mop or one specially designed for hardwoods to provide polished, streak-free appeal without scratching. Keep hardwood cleaner on hand and react quickly when water spills.
Furniture can quickly and seriously damage your new floors. To keep your hardwood floors looking new, apply felt to the bottom of each furniture leg or base. Pay particular attention to frequently used chairs, sofas and other furnishings that move. You can buy this felt at your hardware store or find pre-cut pieces designed for chair legs, table legs and sofa bases. Having these felt pads applied also makes sliding the furniture easier for cleaning, without scratching.
When Tri Point Flooring installs new engineered hardwood floors or refinishes existing hardwoods, we advise our customers about proper cleaning and care. If you have questions about how to keep your hardwood floors looking new, we are pleased to help. We have the experience, equipment and advanced knowledge to perform routine maintenance for you, such as in removing scratches, staining, buffing and recoating. Call Tri Point Flooring in Cary, NC today at (919) 771-7542.
A common question people tend to have is “why hire a professional flooring installer? Isn't it easier to put in the new hardwood floor myself?” While this is a fair question, especially if you are someone who has the DIY (Do It Yourself) experience, we do not recommend self-installing your own hardwood floors.
Installing floors is a lot harder than people often think it is. If it wasn’t difficult, we wouldn’t still be in business! Installing your own floor requires mastery of pneumatic staple guns, circular saws, tape measures and chalk lines, etc. While these tasks may not seem overly difficult, a small slip up can put the entire project in jeopardy. Not in the fun TV show kind of way!
When you consider the cost of your time, as well as buying the materials and tools to do the hardwood floor installation yourself. You will likely realize that DIY just is not worth it for this project. It is true that with a large amount of research, planning, and money spent on materials, you can do this project yourself, and likely save money. However, by the time you factor in the extra costs associated with doing it yourself, as well as the cost of your time and the risk/reward of a mishap ruining the project. It is unlikely to be worth the DIY for the vast majority of people.
This doesn’t have to be a negative, however. When you work with Tri Point Flooring, you are already saving money. We guarantee you our prices will never be beaten, and if they are, we will price match it. That way, you can relax and let us handle the hard work and stress, while all you have to do is admire your beautiful new floor when we are done! Call us today if you have any questions, or to book an absolutely free consultation for us to look at your job!
Why hire a professional flooring installer? To keep your floors looking great! Contact TriPoint Flooring Today! We will schedule a consultation and give you a free estimate!
Why should you hire a flooring installer? Do it yourself is all the rage nowadays. It saves you a bit of money and you can take pride in what you have accomplished. However, some jobs are too large and complex to do it yourself, and you should hire a professional. Unless you are a carpenter or are experienced in working with wood, you should hire a professional to install your hardwood floor.
The first reason to hire a professional to help you with your flooring project is the design. There are so many options of hardwood flooring available. What type of wood should you use? What color or style of stain? Which direction should the planks be laid? Should you use thin or wide planks? Furthermore, a professional flooring company can help you answer all these questions, and give you options.
The second reason to use a professional flooring installer to install your hardwood floor is the actual installation. Also, you may be able to lay straight planks and nail them to the subfloor, but what about the edges? What do you do if your room is not an exact rectangle? What if a plank needs to be cut to fit into a space? And, speaking of subfloors, do you have one, and is the one you have adequate? Also, a professional hardwood floor installer will be
able to deal with all these issues. And, the installer will have the professional tools needed to complete the job.
The third reason to hire a professional flooring company to install your new hardwood floor is something most people do not consider when they are thinking of doing it themselves. Also, what do you do with your old floor? You cannot just throw it on the curb and hope the garbage people will haul it away. You need to dispose of it properly. Also, a professional hardwood installation company will take the old floor away for you. And, a
professional hardwood installation company will clean up the area after installing the new floor, leaving you free from that tedious chore.
Installing a hardwood floor in your home is a decision that you reap the benefits from for years to come. Do not take a risk with installation by attempting to do it yourself. You are committed to making the investment so make sure it is done right the first time. Also, give us a call at Tri Point Flooring and we’ll guarantee the job is done right! These are all reasons Why hire a flooring installer.