Hardwood floor refinishing is important, but so is regular, frequent maintenance. Keep your wood floor looking its best right from the start; don’t wait until you need a refinishing service.

When properly maintained, and it really doesn’t take much, they can last for years, sometimes up to 100. It’s like anything else, though (including us); ignore upkeep and don’t dust or wipe up spills, and the wood floor will become so stained and damaged that even the best refinishing won’t be able to do anything for it.

Delair’s Carpet Barn is the ultimate expert on the floor in Central Vermont, and they have everything from the simplest refinishing (fresh veneer only), to a more complicated service that requires sanding.

Delair’s also has a full inventory of product including: Hardwood, carpet, laminate, tile, luxury vinyl, waterproof flooring (and who doesn’t need and want that?!) and vinyl sheet.

Here are some of their tips:

●Avoid excess water. This is number one, because excess water can permanently and structurally damage the wood floor, causing warping, cupping (when the edges turn up) and more. Then, and this warrants repeating, no refinishing or any repair service will help.
●Dust several times a week. It’s important to remove surface dirt and sand, because they can ultimately scratch. You can use a vacuum, but remove the beater bars since they can also wear down the surface.
●If it’s installed in a sunny room, know that the sun shines at its strongest between noon and two. Therefore, you might want to draw the curtains or, better yet, if you have a motorized window covering, you can program it or ask Alexa to close it.
●Use mats at entrances, and you might even strategically place some area rugs in high-traffic areas. That keeps the dirt out, and if it’s at all possible, remove shoes before entering. Soil and moisture, the latter especially being the enemy of wood, can accumulate on the soles and be tracked in.
●Avoid wearing high heels, because they can cause dents. If you have pets, keep their nails trimmed (this might be a good time to think about those strategically placed area rugs).
●For a more thorough cleaning, use a damp (not wet) mop with a manufacturer-approved soap.

For more information, come into the showroom at Delair’s Carpet Barn in East Montpelier, Vermont.