Published on 28 May 2021
Wooden floors are beautiful and breathe new life into your home, but many people are unsure about how best to look after them. With minor adjustments to maintain your floor, they can last for years, and with sanding and refinishing, wooden floors can bring a bright and fresh look to the room they’re in.
To make sure your wooden floor keeps looking its best, we have compiled a list of 7 simple tips to get the most from your flooring.
Wooden flooring has the potential to absorb liquids that are left unattended and this can cause damage over the long term. To prevent swelling and distortion of your floor, ensure that spills are cleaned as soon as possible. It doesn’t take much, depending on the liquid, spills can be handled with a simple wipe with either a dry or damp cloth. This simple action can prevent long-term staining and decay.
While you may wonder how dirt and dust affect your lovely hardwood floor, as, with many issues that come up, they affect it slowly over time. A build-up of dust on your floor won’t do much harm in the short term, but a larger build-up can cause scratches which will cause a larger impact over time. To combat this, simply go over the floors with a soft bristle brush now and again to make sure there isn’t any dust or dirt.
Most vacuums come with a solid floor attachment, so make sure to check which one is right for your wooden floors. A regular vacuum of the floor clears away particles from those difficult-to-reach cracks and gaps to help keep your floor looking spick and span.
Admittedly, there are a wide variety of different products out there when it comes to cleaning wooden floors so it’s always important to follow the product’s guidance. A simple microfibre cloth and some cleaning solution can do wonders for most wooden floors.
This should be done at least once a month to keep the floor clean and free of unseen dirt and contaminants. However, make sure you never use a steam mop! Steam mops work by forcing moisture into the surface and as we mentioned in step 1, liquid and wooden floors don’t mix well over time.
One of the most common causes of scratches on wooden floors is furniture. As you sit on the sofa or shift a wardrobe, the legs of furniture can dig into the floor and scratch the surface. To avoid unsightly scratches and protect your floor, use some furniture pads.
These soft fabric covers are inexpensive and extremely useful for safeguarding your floors.
It’s impossible to completely stop exposure to light without completely blocking out all light sources, but some thin curtains can reduce the direct light which may cause wood colour fading over time. Carefully placing blinds and curtains to effectively manage the level of exposure will make a big difference in the long run.
Following all of these steps will ensure that your wooden flooring is taken care of for years to come, but even the best floors need some extra care now and again. As scratches appear and the protective coating begins to fade, sanding and refinishing your floor can make a huge difference and restore the vibrance it had when it was first installed.
By sanding out imperfections and providing the floor with a new finishing coat, you will be blown away by how good it can look after years of wear and tear.
Whether you opt to carry out the sanding yourself or hire a professional, the Floor Sanding gear is not usually the cheapest to own yourself and can also prove troublesome to store at your property. This is why we provide extensive, comprehensive, and affordable Floor Sander Hiring services. For more information contact us on 0208 427 6604 or fill out our contact form for a quick and easy quote.
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