It’s hard not to love wood flooring because it's rich, elegant, and adds classic style to your home. Hardwood floors never go out of style, add value to a property and last for decades; indeed, they often look even better with age. They’re also relatively easy to maintain; read further for some tips on taking care of your wood floors in Omaha, NE.

Seasonal challenges

Anyone who’s lived in Nebraska knows the seasons here can be extreme. Summers are ultra-hot, humid, and wet, while winters are cold, snowy, and windy. Keep this in mind because it will affect your maintenance in two ways: First, you’ll need to adjust your cleaning routines as to whether you need to focus on snow, ice, salt, rain, dirt, and leaves. Second, these extremes make it especially important that you don’t skip the acclimation process. Hardwood shrinks and contracts to adjust to the weather, and expansion in humid, wet weather will create cupping, crowning, and warping. Alternatively, wood shrinks in cold, dry weather, and that will create gaps and squeaks.

Routine care

Sweep with a soft broom or dust daily and, while it may seem excessive, know that dust forms anywhere and at any time, even if you have a no-shoes rule in your home. The dirt and dust will embed, get between the grains and under the boards; if you have a pet who sheds, that will even be more reason to dust daily. Also, vacuum once a week; you’ll be surprised at what you can miss, like crumbs.

Wipe spills immediately. Any liquid is the enemy of wood floors and, even when you polish, make sure the floors are wiped completely dry so that it won’t seep in between the boards. As with anything, prevention is better than cure, so strategically put mats at entrances and in front of sinks. Other ideas are to use protective furniture pads, so they won't scratch, avoid wearing stilettos on the wood floor, and keep pet nails trimmed.

At Kelly’s Carpet Omaha, we believe strongly in customer service. You see that in our extensive inventory, as well as in services that include everything from hardwood refinishing to flooring installation and rug binding, countertop installation, flooring repairs, and more. Visit our showroom in Omaha, NE, for inspiration and a free wood flooring quote. We serve customers in Omaha, Elkhorn, Papillion, Ralston, Bennington, and Bellevue.