Hardwood flooring can bring joy to your home and put bounce in your step. But beware -- neglect it and it might be the bane of your home's existence. See if you can keep your shine (and pride) with this hardwood flooring quiz.
Just like your prize Porsche, keep regular maintenance a high priority to prevent bigger problems from surfacing.
Your mom will surely be pleased with this answer -- she's known it for years. Grime grits are the worst enemy of wooden floors, because they act as sandpaper.
Stop the dirt dead in its tracks by having doormats strategically positioned at all doors, and make sure they're clean.
For the entrances' protection (and yours too), NOFMA recommends putting down small carpets or throw-rugs inside entrances.
Maintenance is key here. Look after your floors by vacuuming them as often as you would carpets.
Aside from possibly harming a re-coating process, using a household dust treatment on your wooden floors may dull the finish.
Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum if you like but watch the wheels -- they may scratch the floor.
While your state legislator may not care a hoot and your spouse may care quite a lot, it's best to ask the flooring manufacturer.
The microfibers might do more harm than good. They might snag wood splinters and expose the unfinished wood below.
It really depends on the type of finish, but anywhere between seven and 90 days is normal.
Examples of untreated natural fiber that are good for rug pads include wool and jute.
Plasticizers may ruin the floor finish. They may be found in the sticky backing of floor rugs.
Cotton, because it washes so easily, is ideal as a rug fabric.
Rugs are great for the stove area, because they protect the wood against spillage.
Rotation and protection is the answer. Rotate the rugs on occasion and protect the floor from sunlight by shading the big windows.
Don't wait, lest the spill cause a stain. Use a damp cloth to wipe it up, then a dry one afterward.
Boot heels can by injurious to wooden floors. They must be kept regularly in repair so as to prevent sharp pieces from damaging the floor.
Keep an eye out for long claws. Trim them whenever they get long in order to avoid scratching the wood.
It depends on your furniture, but either felt fabric glides or non-marking rubber casters are a good choice.
The metal wheels could be your floor's worst enemy. Use felt coasters underneath each wheel and carefully slide the furniture along the floor.