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Hardwood Floors

Are you thinking about installing hardwood floors, but are you intimidated by the horror stories about maintaining them? Don’t believe everything you hear – hardwood flooring is not only a beautiful addition to your home, but is also very durable when cared for properly. Chipman Contracting installs all kinds of flooring in homes across the Metroplex, including hardwood.

Remember these Tips When Caring for Your New Hardwood Floors:

Minimize Hazards. While hardwood is very durable, that doesn’t mean its indestructible. Depending on the type of wood you select, it’s a good idea to use felt feet on your chairs and other furniture to prevent scratching when being moved. Trim your pet's nails to avoid marking the floor, too.

Clean with Care. We recommend that you sweep your floors with a broom, but if you must use a vacuum, use an attachment designed for hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring attachments typically have soft bristles designed to not mar your floor's finish when you use them.

Keep them Dry. Clean up spills or pet accidents immediately to prevent damage. Do not use furniture polish or oils on your hardwood flooring. They may affect the finish and can make your flooring extremely slick.

You can mop your hardwood floors. We recommend mopping with a barely damp mop and using a floor cleaner designed for hardwood floors, like Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner or Murphy’s oil soap. Avoid using harsh cleaners and do not use steam mops, as steam mops force moisture into the wood that could cause warping or buckling.

Be Weather Wise. Rain and sleet can impact your floor's finish. Minimize the mess by putting down mats both outside and inside your door for guests to wipe their feet. This will also cut down on the dirt that is tracked into your home.

Do you want to hear more about hardwood flooring? Give Chipman Contracting a call today to learn about all of the kinds of flooring we offer at 972.841.5082

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