Now that your home's brand-new solid oak floors are installed and looking amazing, you need to understand how to care for them and keep them looking as fantastic as the day they were installed. To do so, follow each of these very important tips:

Tip: Sweep the Hardwood Floors with a Broom with Natural Bristles

The best broom to use on wood floors is one made with natural-fiber bristles. The natural bristles won't damage the floor in the same way that plastic bristles can. Even if you have to pay a bit more for your next broom, you will soon learn to love the way a natural-bristled broom cleans the dirt off of your new floors.

Tip: Frequently Dust the Oak Floors with a Dry Dust Mop

One of the ways natural wood floors are damaged is from people and pets walking on floors with dust or dirt sitting on their surface. As you walk across the gritty dirt and dust, you make very small scratches on the floor's surface. Over time, this type of damage will make floors look dull. To prevent small scratches and preserve your new floors, make sure you frequently mop them with a dry dust mop. 

Tip: Mop Wood Floors with Very Little Water

Since wood exposed to water will swell and then contract as it dries, you should always mop your wood floors only when they are soiled and never with more water than what is necessary to dampen just the surface of the flooring.

Tip: Never Vacuum Oak Hardwood Floors on the "Carpet" Setting

While it is safe to vacuum dust and dirt off of your oak floors and even advisable to do so, you should never use the vacuum on the "carpet" setting. When a vacuum is set to clean carpet, its beater bar comes into contact with the flooring and can damage it. Instead, set your vacuum on the "bare floor" setting to protect the new floors from damage.

Tip: Ask the Residential Flooring Installer for a Follow-Up Appointment for Any Issues with the Oak Floorboards

Finally, it's important to note that if you see any floorboards lifting, cracking, or showing any damage, then it is vital you ask the residential hardwood flooring services installer who put down the floor to come back out for a follow-up appointment to make any necessary repairs. Repairing issues quickly helps to protect the integrity of the floor and prevent further issues down the line that will be more costly to fix.

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