A hardwood floor can add beauty and value to a single-family rental property. To preserve your rental property’s hardwood floors in good condition, you must take additional measures. Regular maintenance is essential. On hardwood floors, renters can be exceedingly rough, accidentally scratching and gouging them out of ignorance.
One of the best methods to keep the hardwood floors in your Eastpointe rental home in good condition and visually appealing is through regular hardwood floor maintenance. But it’s important to know how to maintain a hardwood floor correctly. Most hardwood floors, for instance, have surface treatments that protect the wood from liquid spillage, scratches, and other types of damage. Keeping this finish intact is the greatest way to prolong the life of your floor.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Never use strong or abrasive cleansers on hardwood floors, as they could harm the finish or strip off the protective varnish. Use mild, wood surface-safe cleaning solutions made for wooden surfaces that are pH-neutral or specially formulated. Harsh cleaning chemicals and improper cleaning methods can damage hardwood. Use a gentle microfiber mop or towel to sweep dirt and dust off the floor, as advised by the professionals. A hardwood floor can be scraped by vacuums, and regular mops use too much water, which could potentially harm the surface.
Avoid Excessive Moisture or Sunlight
It’s crucial to prevent substantial water or liquid spills since hardwood floors are readily ruined by moisture. In order to avoid spills causing damage to the wood, clean up all spills right away. Instead of soaking the floor in water, use a moist mop to clean it. Furthermore, hardwood flooring color may fade with exposure to too much direct sunshine. To avoid overexposure, block sunlight with drapes, blinds, or window coverings.
Regular Cleaning and Preventative Measures
While a landlord has numerous alternatives, one of the best ways to keep a rental property looking immaculate is to work with your tenants to preserve the hardwood flooring. One of the first steps you should take is to instruct your tenant on the appropriate care and cleaning of the hardwood floors. By educating them about proper maintenance, you may increase the hardwood’s lifespan and aesthetic appeal while simultaneously avoiding damage.
In order to avoid dirt and grit from being tracked onto the hardwood floor, suggest to tenants that they place mats or rugs in high-traffic areas and entryways. When moving or rearranging furniture, think about placing felt pads or furniture coasters under the legs to prevent denting or scratching the surface.
Hardwood flooring still need a little extra care every few years or in between renters, even with excellent maintenance. The finish of a floor can deteriorate and gather scratches or other problems over time as a result of use and abuse. But if that’s all there is, you probably won’t need to give the floor a thorough refinish. A new coat of finish and screening, which roughens up the surface of the existing finish, are typically all that are needed to restore a worn-out hardwood floor. If your hardwood floor is severely damaged, deformed, has deep scratches, or has other problems, repairing and refinishing may be your only option. Refinishing a floor requires time, specialized devices, and the assistance of professionals.
Hardwood floor maintenance doesn’t have to be tough, but it does require some extra preparation and encouragement to get your tenant involved. However, when landlords maintain positive relationships with their tenants, they are more likely to assist you in maintaining the optimal condition of your valuable hardwood flooring.
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Originally Published on November 29, 2019
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