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creating a kid-friendly basement play space


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creating a kid-friendly basement play space

I wanted to finish my basement in a way that was bright, fun, and easy to keep clean. My plans were to create a space that the kids could do whatever they want in and not cause any permanent damage. I have done all that I can to protect the walls, but was still left with the difficult choice of what to use to cover the concrete floors. Did I want carpeting that would be more comfortable for them to sit on or did I want hardwood floors that would be easier to clean? I went back and forth for a few weeks and finally talked with a flooring professional. So, what did we do? My blog will tell you!

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3 Useful Tips When Maintaining Hardwood Floors

Wood flooring is known for its natural beauty and warm tones. In order to keep your wood floors aesthetically striking, though, you need to maintain them on a regular basis. Here are some tips that can help you with hardwood floor maintenance. 

Vacuum Regularly 

Your best friend when it comes to cleaning wood floors is a vacuum, as it lets you pick up dirt and debris with relative ease. You don't just want to use any vacuum, however.

For optimal cleaning results and efficiency, try to select a vacuum that is lightweight and compact. You want to be able to move freely around your floors, after all. Stick vacuums are usually lightweight and extremely affordable today.

It also helps to choose a vacuum that sprays liquid cleaner on the floor. This way, you can remove tough residues that aren't coming up so easily and leave the area smelling fresh.

Polish the Surface

A coveted feature of hardwood floors is their shiny luster. Unfortunately, your floors will naturally lose their shine as the years go by. You can prolong these effects, though, by polishing the surface at the appropriate times. Ideally, you want to polish once every couple of months. Polishing too many times could actually take away the finish prematurely.

Polishing is pretty straightforward. First, you'll want to prep the area and remove any furniture that may be in the way. Do a quick cleaning using a mop to make sure there are no lingering dust and dirt particles. Apply an appropriate polish and buff it out using a cotton pad. To see optimal shine results, you need to buff the floor in a circular motion. 

Keep Liquid at Bay

It's important to prevent water and other liquids from sitting on your hardwood floors, as it could take away their shine as well as cause sections to warp. Then, you're left with an expensive repair job to deal with. 

As soon as any spills happen on these floors, wipe them up immediately. Make sure your windows and doors are closed when it starts to rain, and be sure to repair any leaking pipes. The more proactive you are at keeping your wood floors dry, the longer they will last.

Hardwood floors can provide a welcoming vibe and enhance your home's value tremendously. Make sure they stay structurally sound and visually striking by keeping up with their maintenance. Then, you won't have to worry as much about time-consuming, stressful repairs.