Wood flooring is a beautiful addition to any home, but if you want your flooring to stay looking its best, it will require some maintenance.
- Keep it clean
Grit and dirt can scratch a wooden floor and dull its surface, so clean it daily with a soft broom or vacuum cleaner. Entrance mats placed in front of all external doors help to prevent excess dirt being walked over the floor.
- Keep it dry
Water can cause warping, so always clean up spills immediately. Keep mopping the fleer to a minimum, using a mop that is only slightly damp.
- Protect it from furniture
Avoid dragging heavy furniture across your wood flooring as this can dent and scratch it. Stick felt furniture tips to all furniture legs to reduce the risk of damage and be sure to lift rather than drag furniture when moving it as this can cause the tips to become unstuck.
- Avoid excessive sunlight
Sunlight can cause your flooring to fade and discolour, so try to protect it as much as possible with curtains and blinds.
- Remove shoes
Get into the habit of taking off shoes before walking on your wooden floor, particularly high.
- Sand it
If your floor is heavily stained, or starting to warp and crack, give it a thorough sanding. Use a wax and polish remover first to avoid clogging up the sander.
- Polish it
Polish your wood floor periodically to fill in any small scratches to the seal, which can make it look dull or lustreless.
Look after your wooden floor properly and it really will last you for decades!