A Hardwood Floor Adds Comfort And Value to Your Home
Having a hardwood floor can greatly add to the value and overall aesthetic of any home. Long lasting, durable and relatively easy to care for, a hardwood floor is a long term investment which is versatile enough to maintain through any décor or furniture change. In addition to the economic practicality, a hardwood floor may also provide an option for severe allergy sufferers. Carpets have a tendency to trap dust, hair and dander which accumulates over time even with frequent vacuuming, and can aggravate allergy symptoms. Additionally, those with children, pets or just clumsy hands may prefer a hardwood floor due to the risk of staining rugs and carpets. A hardwood floor is easy to clean and maintains a more dust free home, adding to the occupants’ overall comfort.
Caring for a hardwood floor, although relatively simple, is vital to its long lasting look and durability. Regular sweepings and mopping will maintain a clean floor on a regular basis, but more extensive care is needed at more periodic intervals to provide long term care and slow down the effects of wear and age on your hardwood floor. For example, having a hardwood floor polished at regular intervals will maintain a deep shine and glow which will add to the beauty and resale value of a home. This may be especially important for those who live in areas which experience cold winters. The salt which is used on sidewalks and driveways to melt ice can be tracked through the house during the winter months, dulling the overall shine of a hardwood floor while leaving a corrosive element on the wood. Although regular mopping will alleviate some of this problem, having your hardwood floor polished at the end of every winter will ensure a deep clean and replenish the protective top coat of the floor.
Scattering a few area rugs on a hardwood floor can add warmth, style and comfort to any room. However, taking care to thoroughly sweep and mop under the rugs will maintain the floor underneath. Always be sure to let the area dry completely before replacing the rug to prevent moisture damage and mildew build up.
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