Monday, October 24, 2011

Caring for Different Wood Floor Finishes

If you have just completed wood floor refinishing in your home, and are delighted with the results, you need to take a moment to pause and think about the amount of effort, expense and time that went into the process and reflect that now is the time to begin contemplating what you can do in terms of caring for and maintaining your floors in order to ensure they remain in the best condition and to see that they will last even longer than their warranties guarantee.

The first important fact to consider is that different kinds of hardwood flooring also have various types of surface coating, and each kind requires a different set of cleaning and upkeep procedures. Using the wrong cleaning or upkeep methods to care for your floor can possibly do your floor more harm than good and maybe even void your warranty, so it is very important to make sure that you have done your research and that you have followed the guidelines given to you by your retailer or in the documentation that came with the product.

Secondly, all kinds of hardwood floors require a gatekeeper, which means the presence of a good rug or walk-off mat that is situated at any point where there is an entrance to the outside world. A high quality doormat can protect your floor by trapping the grit, debris and water that is frequently carried along by people’s shoes, and is an excellent first line of defence.

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