Sunday, March 22, 2009

It's Now A 'snap' To Install Hardwood Floors

If you’ve been considering installing hard wood flooring into your home it’s probably not as hard as you may be imagining. Especially since these days most hardware stores sell kits that make installing wooden floors a cinch. They’ve made it as simple as clicking pre cut pieces together with a tight fit nonetheless, where you would never know that the floors weren’t professionally installed. It’s as simple as choosing the type and color of wood that you want, yanking up your old floor – whether it be hardwood floors or old tile or linoleum, and clicking in the new flooring in it’s place.

Now, since you’ve gotten those eloquent-looking and easy-to-maintain floors that adorn your home, you want to be sure that you’re giving them the best care that you can to preserve their beauty. This means that you need to find out exactly what type of care that is, as well as find the right hardwood floor cleaner that to keep the wood looking shiny and new.

There are a ton of different products out there, and that make it difficult to choose the best cleaner for your new floor.

It seems that each different bottle that you pick up touts the claim that theirs is the only cleaner that you’ll need to buy to keep your floors shining while keeping them safe. Should you believe them all?

Well, one thing that’s important is that you need to keep in mind the instructions and care tips that came with your floors. There may actually be a particular floor care product that they recommend. Then again, sometimes if you’ll notice, there is no special product and regular soap and water will do the trick. There’s a money saver right? The fact is, most of the new floors that are being installed these days don’t need much special attention at all.

Most of the click-it types of flooring come pre-coated with their own coating of varnish and it may be better to skip the hardwood floor cleaner altogether. If there’s no advice from the manufacturer’s that made your hardwood flooring, ask about the cleaning and care tips at the hardware store where you bought the wooden flooring, or call the manufacturer yourself. Many times you’ll find a 1-800 number on the packaging of such materials.

If you live in an older house with pre-existing floors that were laid down years ago, you may discover that a cleaning solution that contains protective waxes might help you maintain a better shine and protection.

Some other hardwood floor cleaner will make the promise of stripping down wax build-up and remove grime from traffic, however be careful that you don’t end up leaving your wood without any protection at all. Stains and dirt may ruin your flooring, which will in effect leave spots or scratches that you won’t be able to clean off. Learn which type of flooring you have and then investigate what might be the best cleaner that won’t damage your wood.

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