|Preventive maintenance is the key to keeping
any hardwood floor in tip top condition. By following the
precautions mentioned below your new hardwood floors should endure
years of enjoyment.
|• Cleanup Up Water Spills
|• Protect Floors With Area Rugs & Door
|• Sweep Floors Often
|• Moving Furniture
Clean Up Water Spills
Large amounts of water is an enemy to any
hardwood floor investment. While we realize you cannot keep on top
of it like a spy covers his target, any type of water spills large
or small should be cleaned up as quickly as possible.
Protect Floors With Area
Rugs & Door Mats
Area rugs should be placed near
entry areas and sources of moisture such as any sink,
refrigerator, and even the dishwasher. Door mats at outdoor entries should be utilized as well. We've found a medium pile
bristle type mat is most effective in collecting grit that would
have found its way on to your floors.
Sweep Floors Often
Grit, and small sand particles
can play havoc on any hardwood floor. They act almost like sandpaper
if they are not cleaned up on a regular basis. Vacuum cleaners with
soft brush attachments can be used, or simply a soft bristle type
We strongly advise when moving any furniture to
pick up and carry to the new location. Or as an alternative if you
don't have any handy helpers around, cut small swatch squares from
older carpet, placing the fuzzy side down under the furniture legs
and pushing. This procedure works like a charm only if the carpet
is clean and free of grit.
heavier pets can damage hardwood floors quickly. Their favorite
sport seems to be running to the door when the doorbell rings. Using rugs in this area will stop the scratching when Fido
finds he can't stop and keeps banging into the front door.
Larger pets should also have nails trimmed on a
regular basis. Other options include doggie boots, where a
coating is applied to the pets nails every month or so reducing
potential scratching. Any Bonita Springs veterinarian offers these
services for your favorite critters.