Installing Wood Flooring in Your Kitchen? 2 Tips to Keep It Protected and in Good Condition
Wood floors in kitchens look beautiful, but because they are in the kitchen, you also need to ensure you protect the flooring. You need to know how to keep the floor in good condition as well, so it will last a long time for you. Keep reading to learn how to do both things so you can enjoy your beautiful new flooring.
Polish the Wood Flooring
Over time, the wood flooring can lose its luster. This is especially true because your wood flooring is in your kitchen where there may be more foot traffic than in other rooms. If you have wood flooring that has a protective surface, floor polishing will work great for you. If you have unsealed wood flooring, you should not polish it since the polish will penetrate through the wood.
Purchase floor polish at a home improvement store. Measure your kitchen floor before you go to ensure you buy enough polish. You do not want to get halfway through the job and then realize you have no more polish. Before you start you need to clean the floor to ensure all dust and dirt are removed.
Purchase a flat surface mop to apply the polish to the flooring. Start out with a thin layer, working the polish into the floor and going in the direction of the grain. Start at one end and move your way down until the entire floor is covered. Be careful that there are no air bubbles as you go. Let the first coat dry and then apply a second coat if you want.
Let the polish completely dry before you start using your kitchen again. If you put on thin coats this may be only a few hours. You may want to wait an entire day before you start fully using your kitchen again.
Keep the Wood Flooring Clean
One of the best things you can do to keep your wood flooring in good condition is to keep it clean. Use a broom to sweep away dirt and other debris at the end of each day. If you do not, these things may scratch the polish finish if they accumulate. Purchase a dust broom to sweep your wood flooring. This type of broom is much softer and still does the job well, but will not scratch the flooring. You can purchase this broom at a home improvement store or online.
If any moisture falls on the flooring, clean it up immediately. If grease splatters on the floor from frying food, wipe this down immediately after you finish cooking. Use area rugs in areas that are used the most, such as at the doorway, in front of your stove, etc.
If you do not want to polish your wood flooring, hire a company such as Leo's Holland Floor Maintenance to do this job for you.