Tile flooring is a great long-term option for your home. It is one of the most durable materials that you can choose. Unfortunately, the grout can make tile floors a little more work than they need to be. Having worked for a company that cleans and waxes tile flooring, I have learned a lot about taking care of tile flooring and grout to protect it from needing replaced prematurely. On my site you will learn about different grout options, as well as tips for keeping the grout from becoming discolored and stained. Hopefully, it will help you take the work out of owning a tile floor in your home.
If your hardwood floors are starting to show their age, wear and tear can be disheartening. Moving furniture, pet activity and just day-to-day living can leave gouges and scratches in your hardwood floor. Moisture and weather changes can seep into wood, causing warping or buckling. You should try to immediately repair your hardwood floors and protect them from future scratching. There are three levels of repair, ranging from simple to more complex:
1. Small Scratches
Small, surface-level scratches are something that you can handle on your own when it comes to hardwood flooring. The first step is to clean the area well, since minor grooves and scratches can collect dirt, making lines and gouges more unsightly than they really are. Once it is clean, sand down the area with steel wool or sandpaper. You can then reseal the area with varnish or a refinishing sealant. If your flooring is scratched beyond minor spot-checks, having your entire hardwood flooring sanded down and refinished by a professional will extend the life of your flooring.
2. Deep Gouges or Grooves
Larger blemishes may need the expertise of a professional. Deep scratches often involve sanding down further than surface scratches require. Products such as wood fillers or wax-based sealants may be needed for repair. If your flooring maintenance will go beyond surface-level scratches, have your floors repaired by a flooring expert. They can recommend further refinishing and ways to protect areas that have been repaired.
3. Buckling or Warping
If your hardwood floor has been damaged by moisture and has lost its shape due to warping, calling professionals for floor repair services will be in order. This may be a larger issue than just seasonal changes. If there is moisture getting into your home or under flooring, a surface-level repair won't solve the underlying problem. A professional flooring expert can identify the underlying issue and recommendation how to fix your flooring. This might range from replacing a few areas of the floor to a complete overhaul to fix possible foundation issues or leaking.
Calling on your hardwood floor repair team for larger issues can protect your hardwood floors for years to come. Sometimes hardwood flooring can be a struggle to maintain, but if you can keep your flooring looking new and free from damage it is worth it. Hardwood floor maintenance should be a priority in order to keep your flooring looking its best, and prevent further damage from occurring.