New Year, New Floors
With a fresh new year ahead of us, many people are looking for ways to make things better. While most resolutions are focused on changing health habits, another popular resolution is having a cleaner, more organized living space. While every room in your home can have its own specific cleaning challenges, hardwood floor maintenance is the same in every room. Whether you want to spruce up existing floors or give floors a bigger, bolder look, now’s the perfect time to start on your floor resolutions!
Floor Resolution: Cleaner Floors
Before you tire yourself out thinking about ways to get your floors sparkling clean, the first step to successfully maintaining hardwood floors is to figure out your attitude towards cleaning. The definition of clean is very subjective, so when coming up with your goals, decide for yourself what a clean floor looks like and how much work you want to do to get it.
Luckily, wood floor maintenance doesn’t involve tons of elbow grease. The following maintenance schedule is recommended for clean floors and easy upkeep:
- Daily Schedule – Dust/Sweep
A good dusting with a microfiber mop or cloth is your best daily defense against scratches and surface damage.
- Weekly Schedule – Vacuum/Mop
Vacuums and wet mops are great for cleaning hard to reach areas. If using a vacuum, make sure it’s okay to use on bare floors. If you’re using a mop, avoid using excess liquid. A light mist is enough.
- Monthly Schedule – Polish
Polishing floors improves a floor’s look and refreshes its protective layer. Polishing can even fix small scratches on your floors. Polish wood floors every 2-3 months.
- Yearly Schedule – Sand and Finish
Sanding and refinishing floors gives your floor a nice reset in that it removes a floor’s protective layer and completely replaces it. Consider refinishing floors every 3-5 years.
Advanced Resolutions: Floor Renovation or New Floor Installation
For homeowners that really want to ring in the new year with a fresh-looking floor, cleaning might not be enough. Floors might have damage and need repairing or maybe you desire a completely new look for your floor. For these advanced floor resolutions, homeowners can have peace of mind when calling in the pros.
- Floor Refinishing
Floor refinishing is great for maintenance and fixing scratches and gouges, but it’s also a good time to transform the look of your existing floors. Once floors have been sanded, they can be stained and finished to acquire a new look and color. Bona’s DriFast Stains are a great place to get inspiration. Renovating instead of replacing will save you significant time and money!
- Floor Installation
If your floors are old and dated, a new installation will breathe new life and new value into your home. There are many different flooring options available, and many of them can mimic natural materials like wood and stone. Luxury vinyl tiles and planks are great for customizing your floors on a budget.
- Bona Certified Craftsmen
Finding a local flooring professional can be a time consuming and stressful time. However, to save time and get a contractor you can trust, use the Bona Certified Craftsmen network to find a local professional near you. Bona Certified Craftsmen are floor experts that are additionally trained by Bona to give customers what they want.
Bona has a wide selection of cleaners and tools to make it easy to keep your floor resolutions.
Find the right products to keep your floors looking great all year long. Looking for flooring professional? Find a local Bona Certified Craftsman.