5 tips to protect your wood flooring investment
Hardwood flooring can add significant appeal to any home, but they're also a significant investment in maintenance and potentially expensive item to refinish or repair. To protect your home's hardwood flooring, follow this advice from highly rated New York City-area hardwood flooring contractors.
1. Clean it correctly. Matthew Bruno, owner of highly rated Palermo Hardwood Flooring Inc. in Medford, N.Y., recommends using just a damp cloth or a specialty cleaning solution such as Bona floor cleaner.
John Settle, president of highly rated Floor Master in Nanuet, N.Y., recommends cleaning hardwood flooring every day with a microfiber dry mop and avoiding mass-marketed cleaning products.
2. Act now if your floors look slightly dull or worn. “If you see that your floors are dull or wearing, it’s a good time to call in a professional to take a look,” Settle says. “You want to stop the wear and tear before it gets past the finish and into the wood grain.”
3. If in doubt, sand it out. Settle says if you’re new to your home or uncertain about how the floors have been cleaned in the past, your best bet is to sand down the existing finish to the bare wood and apply a completely new finish.
Sanding and recoating may cost more, but it may save a headache in the long run. “Unless you know the floor’s history, you’re potentially wasting money by recoating an existing finish,” he says. “It can react to cleaning chemicals in the grain and look bad.”
4. Plan ahead. Bruno recommends recoating hardwood floors with a new finish every 3 to 5 years. If your maintain and recoat the floors on a regular basis, it’s less likely you’ll to need to sand and recoat them in the future.
5. Pick the right product. When selecting a new hardwood finish, Bruno and Settle recommend using a high-quality water-based finish rather than polyurethane.
“Polyurethane finishes have had a lot of problems since they outlawed high-VOC finishes in New York,” Settle says. “Water-based finishes will dry faster, have less chance of bubbling or beading due to humidity and they have less odor.”