Hardwood flooring can be a pricey purchase but the end result is well worth the price tag. When you are buying this flooring option it is imperative that you know how to look after and care for it to extend the lifetime of your investment. We have put together some of the most important maintenance tips for you to follow.
One of the most common reasons hardwood floors become damaged is down to scratches from dirt on the surface. The only solution here is to regularly clean with a sweeping brush and vacuum. This will also create a more inviting space for you to work and live in.
Water is a real threat to you hardwood flooring as it can cause warping, which is something you really want to avoid. It’s very important to clean up spillages immediately. When mopping the floor make sure that it is only slightly damp to make sure you are not adding unnecessary moisture to the wood. It is a good idea to keep mopping to a minimum and use alternative cleaning methods, such as sweeping with a soft bristled brush.
Protect from furniture
All furniture around the house can become a threat to your hardwood flooring. For example moving dining room chairs on a daily basis can create scratches and marks. The quick and easy fix for this is to apply felt furniture tips to the bottoms of all of your furniture. These are easy to find in DIY shops and quick to apply and will result in the parts of your furniture that touch the wood floor to be cushioned. It’s a handy tip to remember that along with the furniture tips you should also get into the habit of lifting furniture rather than sliding.
Protect from Rugs
Area rugs are a great addition to a home, and adds some added comfort if you have hardwood floors. Just like furniture though, if a rug moves around too much on hardwood floors it can lead to scratches. It is always a good idea to use rug pads to keep them from moving. Not only is this good for your floors but it can stop accident from happening.
Protect from Shoes and Claws
Our four legged friends brighten up our homes so much, however dogs nails are another way that hardwood floors can become scratched. Keeping pet nails trimmed is an easy way to stop this from occurring. It’s not just our pets that are to blame for scratched on hardwood floors. Wearing inappropriate footwear on the flooring can damage it as well. We advise that the best way to protect the wood it to not wear high heels on the surface.
As for a lot of different items around the home excessive sunlight can wreak havoc on wood floors. The sunlight can cause fading and discoloration, so it’s important to make sure no areas of wood receives too much direct sunlight. The best way to initiate this is by purchasing blinds or curtains to minimise sun damage. A more expensive option is to have your windows covered in UV coating.
If you need any more help or assistance regarding maintenance of hardwood floors or any other flooring for that matter please feel free to contact us. One of the team would be happy to answer your questions!
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