Love your wood floors? learn these simple tips to safeguard their beauty

 

There is nothing quite like the look and feel of real wood flooring. Not only are your wood floors sturdy enough to withstand the test of time, but their classic elegance never goes out of style.

So how do you keep them looking their best?

Here are a few simple tips to remember:

 

Keep the Outdoors Out.

A few well-placed welcome mats can go a long way toward protecting your wood floors from carried-in dirt and debris. Ask guests to leave their shoes by the door to further protect your flooring, and remember to wipe muddy paws when your four-legged family members come in from the yard.

 

Make it a Clean Sweep.

Regular sweeping is the best way to clean your wood floors and clear away dust and dirt that can scratch and cause damage. If you prefer vacuuming, make sure you use the right attachment and avoid vacuums with beater bar heads.

 

Ditch the Wet Mop.

News flash: wood doesn’t like moisture.

Wet mops and steam cleaners can allow water to seep in, which may warp the boards and cause permanent damage. Opt instead for a product such as the Swiffer® by Procter & Gamble and use only a mild solution to clean your wood floors.

 

Steer Clear of Harsh Cleaners.

To preserve the luster of your wood floors, avoid harsh detergents and soaps and use only manufacturer-approved hardwood floor cleaners. When you need to wax your wood flooring, apply polish only to those areas that experience the most wear.

 

Place Rugs in High-traffic Areas.

 

Hallways, entryways, the living room—any areas that see a lot of foot (and paw) traffic will benefit from area rugs. They will help protect your wood flooring from nicks, scratches, spills, dust and dirt.

 

Be Smart About Sun Damage.

Your wood floors are a lot like your skin on summer vacation: easily damaged by harsh ultraviolet rays. Window treatments can help protect against UV damage, along with periodically rearranging furniture to avoid over-exposure to the same areas.

 

Want to Know More about Wood Flooring?

As a leader in the flooring industry, Primera can help answer your questions about which type of wood flooring to choose and how to keep floors looking beautiful for years to come. From classic hardwood to bamboo and cork, we can help you select the best flooring type for your project. Call today or easily schedule an appointment online!

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Design trends: bookcases beyond the box

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Curve Appeal

 

Square bookcases are so last-season, but organization is always in style. Start the new year off on the right shelf with a little creative organization for all your books and new “stuff” you acquired over the holidays. This large metal bookshelf is not only great for organizing good reads, it doubles as wall art – and appears to defy gravity.

 

Space Savvy

 

A shelf in the kitchen right where you need it keeps cookbooks handy within arm’s reach. It’s also an organized way to display small keepsakes while keeping your countertops free of clutter. Connect a series of floating shelves in a custom arrangement that fits perfectly on a wall, big or small, with an artistic flair to boot.

 

Acute Angles

 

Don’t be a square! Think outside the bookcase. Store your books straight up on these traditional bookshelves with custom angles. Built-ins always add value and personality to your home and can transform an average room into a favorite space.

 

Staircase Ingenuity

 

Sometimes a staircase is just a staircase, except when it doubles as a creative storage space with a desk and a built-in dog bed! Multifunctional is the operative word here and a great way to maximize a small living area. The best part is when you’re entertaining guests, all the doors and drawers shut tight to hide away papers. What messy desk?

 

Geometry Lesson

 

Contemporary spaces call for geometric patterns and lines. Create your own set of honeycomb bookcases to hold so much more than geometry textbooks. Honeycomb structures are architecturally sound and aesthetically pleasing for a great combination of function and design. Ask any bee.

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