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Maintaining the Hardwood Floors in Your Cutten 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, there are things that you have to add to your routine to make sure they stay in good shape. Regular maintenance is one of the additional tasks. Some tenants aren’t careful when they are around hardwood, scratching and gouging floors either by accident or through negligence. This is one reason why it is necessary to maintain and care for your property’s hardwood floors and that your tenant also knows how to do it properly.

One of the best things you can do to keep your Cutten rental property functional and aesthetically pleasing is to conduct proper hardwood maintenance. And to that end, it is very important to 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. This makes keeping this finish intact the best way 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 experts 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, if liquid spills on the floor, it needs to be cleaned up right away and steps should be taken to ensure 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 first things you can start with is educating 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. The dirt will accumulate on it and it would lessen the amount of cleaning required. Finally, it would be a great help if you let your tenant use the right cleaning products by telling them the name of the one recommended for use on your floor, or even go as far as requiring that they only use the approved cleaning products listed in your lease. This can help bolster the importance of proper hardwood floor maintenance.

Even if you care for it properly, hardwood floors still need some additional attention every few years or between tenants. Eventually, 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. Usually, 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.

Although, 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. You can choose to do all these tasks yourself, but there are many Cutten property owners that feel that hiring a professional is well worth the cost. A flooring contractor can point out what kind of flooring you have installed, and they can also tell you the best process for you 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. For cases like this, 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 trick is to maintain good tenant relations because a good relationship with your tenants makes them more likely to help you keep your valuable hardwood floor in the best possible condition.

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