You probably installed hardwood flooring in your home for two reasons.
One, nothing is more beautiful than hardwood flooring throughout your home. It’s a flooring choice that is timeless and will provide never ending beauty for years to come.
Two, ease and maintenance. Hardwood is durable, and can last for decades if treated properly.
Did you know the best way to keep your hardwood floors looking their best is to vacuum them every day? Regularly cleaning them is one of the easiest ways to keep your home and your hardwood floors in top shape. With that in mind, here are a few reasons why vacuuming should be a part of your regular routine.
1. Dirt acts like sandpaper
As you track dirt, grit, and dust into your home, it settles over your floors. It doesn’t take long for dirt to settle over the surface and build up, acting like an abrasive material when it comes in contact with feet, furniture, rugs, or other things you move in and out of your rooms every day. When dirt builds up, it begins to act like sandpaper, wearing down the finish of your hardwood floors and causing scrapes and dulling. Vacuuming picks up dirt and grit and stops it from accumulating anywhere on your floors.
2. It picks up what you can and can’t see
If you can see the dirt on your floor, it’s been there for far too long. Dirt and debris can start as tiny specks of sand. A small strand of hair, a tiny dust bunny, even a grain of sand can get underneath the heel of a shoe and start to wear on your hardwood. When it comes to the beauty of your hardwood, out of sight is never out of mind. By vacuuming daily, you pick up everything that may have been dropped and might have an impact on your flooring.
3. It picks it up rather than spread it around
Sweeping and mopping may be good in some circumstances, but one of their side effects is merely spreading the dirt around. Have you ever swept up a pile only to discover a tiny line of debris still on the floor? Yep, a broom rarely picks everything up. Vacuums don’t twirl the dirt around. Instead, they suck up everything in its path, creating a far cleaner room than you had before. Make sure you remove the beater bar before you vacuum or turn it on a hardwood setting to avoid scratching the flooring with moving parts.
How clean are your hardwood floors?