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Maintaining the Hardwood Floors in Your Hampton Rental Property

A Mother Playing the Piano While Her Daughter Dances on Hardwood FloorsA hardwood floor can make your single-family rental more beautiful and durable. But if your rental property has hardwood floors, then you’ll need to incorporate a few more items into your maintenance routine to make sure the condition of your floors doesn’t degrade. Regular maintenance is one of the additional things you’ll have to do. Some tenants aren’t careful when they are around hardwood, scratching and gouging floors either by accident or through negligence. Because of this, it is very important that both you and your tenant know how to maintain your property’s hardwood floors and know how to take care of it properly.

Conducting proper hardwood floor maintenance really keeps your Hampton rental property functional and aesthetically pleasing. And this is why you should know the right way to care for a hardwood floor. For example, almost all hardwood floors have surface finishes that were placed there to protect the wood from liquid spills, scratches, and other types of damage. So, keeping this finish intact is really one of the best ways to ensure the long life of your floor.

Hardwood can also be damaged by using harsh cleaning products or the wrong cleaning technique. This is something that needs to be pointed out. This is why the professionals use a soft microfiber mop or cloth to sweep dirt and dust off the floor. Even vacuum cleaners may scratch up a hardwood floor, and regular mops may use too much water— which is bad for a hardwood floor as well. Now, when it comes to liquid spills, they should be cleaned up right away and you need to make sure that the floor is thoroughly dry.

As a property owner, there are many things you can do, however, one of the most effective things you can do to keep your rental property’s hardwood flooring looking nice is to work with your tenants in taking care of it. One of the things you can begin with is teaching your tenants about proper hardwood floor maintenance and cleaning. When you help them learn the right way to clean the floor, you can extend the life and beauty of the hardwood and prevent damage at the same time.

You can also encourage your tenants to place rugs in high-traffic areas. This will help them maintain your hardwood floor. This will collect the dirt and keep it off the floor, reducing the amount of cleaning needed. Finally, tenants should use the right cleaning products and you can make sure this happens by telling them the name of the one recommended for use on your floor, or perhaps have your lease stipulate that they are required to only use approved cleaning products. This can help augment the importance of proper hardwood floor maintenance.

Even with the best care, however, hardwood floors still need some additional attention every few years or between tenants. After some time, wear and tear can fade a floor’s finish and accumulate scratches or other blemishes. But if that’s all you’ve got, you probably wouldn’t need to completely refinish the floor. In most cases, all a faded hardwood floor needs is a screening (which roughens up the surface of the existing finish) and a new application of a finish.

However, if your hardwood has become seriously damaged, warped, or has deep scratches or other problems, repairing and refinishing the floor may be your only option. Refinishing a floor is a long, labor-intensive task that requires specialized equipment. Now, you can do it yourself, but many Hampton property owners feel that hiring a professional is well worth the cost. A flooring contractor can point out what specific flooring you have and also what the best process is to restore it. Different kinds of wood require different techniques and engineered or wood laminate simply won’t tolerate heavy refinishing as solid hardwood does. In circumstances like these, any restoration work is best left to a professional.

Taking care of hardwood floors doesn’t need to be difficult, for as long as you do the extra planning and enlist the help of your tenant. The crucial part of this solution is actually maintaining good tenant relations. The better the relationship, the greater the likelihood that your tenant would help you keep your valuable hardwood floor in the best possible condition.

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