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    Protect your investment with regular hardwood floor maintenance. MasterCare offers professional hardwood floor maintenance services and encourages you to prevent wear and tear in between with these tips and tricks.

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    Protecting Hardwood Floors from Wear

    • Place mats in high traffic areas like in doorways and in front of sinks.
    • Use cotton mats as rubber and vinyl mats trap moisture. Clean under mats often to avoid scratches from trapped debris.
    • Felt protectors on table and chair legs prevent scuffing and scratches. Replace often as bits of dirt may get stuck, scratching your hardwood floors.
    • Pick up furniture when moving it rather than sliding it across the floor to avoid unnecessary scuffs and scratches.
    • Remove high heels or sports cleats before walking on wood floors. These sharp objects can damage floors under pressure.
    • Use a humidifier in the winter to prevent over drying. This can lead to gapping and cracking.
    • Close curtains during the sunniest hours in your space. Too much natural light can lead to discoloration in spots.

    How to Keep Hardwood Floors Clean

    • Though made of natural materials, hardwood floors do not take well to water. The finish used to protect the wood can be dulled or worn down by too much moisture or harsh chemicals. Dry dusting your hardwood floors is the best method to keeping the finish in tact. Vacuuming also works, but only with a bare floor attachment, not a beater bar. These can leave dents and scratches.
    • Wipe up spills immediately using a slightly damp cloth followed by a dry cloth. This will prevent the spill from seeping in and your floors from absorbing the moisture.
    • Use only cleaning products specifically for created for hardwood floors. Avoid using vinyl or tile floor cleaning or dusting products and anything containing ammonia, detergent, bleach, vinegar, polish, or soap. These chemicals can eat at the finish and dull or damage your floors.


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