• Hardwood Floor Care

    by  • March 18, 2013 • Freelance Writing Samples, Kim Hughes/Real Estate • 0 Comments

    hardwoodsHardwood flooring can be a great asset to the value of your home.  But to get the full value, your hardwood floors must be in the best possible condition.  Home owners who don’t take care of their floors soon have expensive and possibly extensive repairs to worry about. With that in mind, here are some ideas about protecting your investment.

    • Vacuum, sweep or dust mop hardwood floors at least once a week.
    • Clean spills and water from the floor immediately.
    • Use interior and exterior floor mats to collected dirt, moisture and debris.
    • Use area rugs and runners with slip-resistant backing in high-traffic areas.
    • Use pads under furniture legs and replace hard rollers with rubber models.
    • Keep animal nails trimmed.
    • Don’t push heavy furniture or appliances across the surface.

    Joe Harpole of Pro-Care in Nashville provides some additional insight in this video:

    If you have hardwoods that are not in good condition, you have some options to improve the situation.  Older, craftsmen-style wooden floors can be worth the expensive of refinishing them completely.   Refinishing involves completely sanding off the previous finish before replacing it.  Here is a good article on refinishing over at hardwoodinstaller.com.

    Alternatively, you might consider replacing wood floors that have been badly battered over the years. These days, there are a wide variety of options. In addition to traditional woods, laminate and bamboo flooring are popular.

    Making sure your flooring is in great shape is a key toattracting potential buyers.


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.


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