Hardwood flooring is one of the big design trends that just seems to keep growing. More and more people keep discovering how great hardwood floors look, what a great backdrop they make for furniture and beautiful, and how easy they are to keep clean.
Solid wood flooring does not require a lot of maintenance, and to keep your floor looking its best you will need to clean it occasionally. Appliance manufacturers are paying attention to this trend and developing vacuum cleaners specially equipped to deal with wood floors. You can always sweep a floor of course, but a vacuum is much more efficient for removing dust and substances such as pet hair.
Canisters Come Out on Top
Research has revealed that canister vacuums perform the best on wood. A good one, such as the Miele Complete C3 Marin, which comes with a bag, will suck up all kinds of grime. Good canister machines will have a feature that protects the floor’s finish too. The Panasonic MC-CL935 is also a canister vacuum that has no bag, which might be preferable for some although the filters will need changing.
Some upright varieties also perform well, such as the Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly 31150, which is great at picking up animal hair. When it comes to stick vacuums, the Dyson V8 Absolute is a gem, with incredible performance on all types of floors. A vacuum you can pick up and hold with one hand offers great convenience, and in this category, the Eureka Easy Clean 71B is good little performer when it comes to wood.
This report from The Telegraph contains lots of tips on how to keep your wooden floors looking their best.
If you are keen to learn more about the beauty and benefits of solid wood flooring, it would be a good idea to consult experts such as http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/solid-wood-flooring. Flooring experts should be able to advise you on the timber options available.
To reduce dirt and grime on your wood floor, puts doormats outside doors into the house. To protect the finish, also put mats in areas of high wear, such as in front the kitchen sink. Beware that steam mops are not advised for wood floors as the moisture can get into cracks and damage the finish.