Top 5 Summertime Care Tips for Hardwood Floors
Keep these tips in mind so summertime conditions won’t lead to dull or scratched hardwood floors.
- Keep the Outdoors Out – When the weather is warm the whole family is lured outside for backyard activities from gardening projects to playing in the sprinkler to grilling out. They dash in and out more often in the summer than any other season, and chances are theyaren’t kicking off their shoes each time. Place entryway mats by the doors to catch the dirt and grit that clings to shoes and acts like sandpaper on your hardwood floor finish.
- Vacuum or Sweep Daily – Okay, those entryway mats won’t catch all the fine particles of dirt carried into your house. To help eliminate the grit that will scratch your floor, make a daily habit of vacuuming or sweeping your hardwoods. The vacuum head must be a felt or brush type. And if it has a beater bar head, be sure to switch off the beater bar. No sense sucking up the dirt and still scratching the floor’s finish with the vacuum!
- Ban Cleats and Stiletto Heels In the House – Make them remove shoes with spikes or stiletto high heels before walking on your hardwoods. Such footwear is perfect on the sports field or dance floor, but they may cause denting and related damage to wood floors due to the high compressive force they generate. As crazy as it sounds, a spike heel can produce dynamic loads in excess of 1000 pounds per square inch, even when worn by someone of slight or average build! And while we’re talking feet, it’s a good idea to keep pet claws trimmed too.
- Remember, Water Is Your Floor’s Enemy – Summertime means wet bodies will make a bee line from the pool to the bathroom, lemonade will accidentally spill, and open windows will be forgotten when afternoon pop-up showers pour. Remove spills promptly from hardwoods with a soft cloth and cleaning products recommended by the flooring manufacturer. (We suggest Resista Floor Cleaner for the routine maintenance of our customers’ hardwood floors.) And never mop your hardwood floor with water or steam, or use any cleaner that must be mixed with water such as oil, soap, or paste wax products.
- Control the Humidity in Your House – As summertime humidity increases, your wood floors absorb that moisture and expand. In just a few days of prolonged exposure, hardwood floors can “cup.” Cupping occurs when a board’s edges rise up higher than its center. Extreme humidity can lead to extensive swelling, causing the boards to press against each other and eventually split or crack. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier in periods of high humidity during the hot months. Wood flooring will perform best when the interior relative humidity ranges from 30 to 50 percent and the temperature ranges from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Follow these simple tips during the summertime and enjoy gorgeous, lustrous hardwood floors all year long!
For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit www.daltoncarpetone.com.