Published on 27 July 2021
Wooden flooring is a timeless feature that can add character to any property. There are various types of wooden flooring available on the market, which means it’s important to consider which one is right for you. One of the key things to consider is maintenance.
Different types of wooden flooring will vary in strength and finishes, and the way they are maintained will vary. From the type of products that must be used to the amount of time in-between treatments, this guide will highlight the best way to look after your wooden floors and keep them looking their best for longer.
Softwood flooring can be more prone to scratches and dents than its hardwood counterparts. It’s, therefore, less popular when it comes to flooring choices. However, it is a greener option than hardwood and offers a beautiful natural look. Popular choices include pine, cedar, redwood, and fir. As softwood doesn’t usually come with a finish, it is recommended that you add a coat of finish and repeat the application regularly.
Hardwood flooring comes in various profile types, structures, and finishes. It is a popular choice for homeowners as it brings warmth and adds texture to a room. Hardwood is a great option for high-traffic rooms due to its strength and resistance to damage.
Solid wood provides an authentic and natural look to any property. However, it does need ongoing maintenance as it is sensitive to light, temperature, and humidity. The good news is that this type of wood can be re-finished almost indefinitely. Solid wood can start looking dull over time, which means regular recoating with wood floor finish is necessary to keep your solid wooden flooring looking its best.
Engineered wood is less sensitive to the elements that affect solid wood. However, as it only has a thin veneer layer, it cannot be re-finished indefinitely. The key to keeping your engineered wood flooring in good condition is to use flooring cleaners that specifically apply to this type of flooring, and use maintenance kits for lacquered and oil finishes.
Parquet flooring consists of small wooden blocks arranged into a geometric pattern. Wooden flooring experiences some movement over time and rafting may happen if there isn’t any type of lubrication between the wooden blocks. Therefore, this type of flooring should always be treated with a liquid solvent wax prior to applying any type of varnishes. Simply apply the wax, let it dry, sand it carefully, and then apply your chosen varnish.
Laminate flooring is easy to maintain and typically only requires regular cleaning. However, this type of flooring can lose its shine over time, which you can remedy by applying some floor polish or floor shiner. Scratches can also sometimes occur, in which case you may need to replace a plank using a simple repair kit.
At Floor Sander Hire London, we make wood flooring maintenance easy as our wood finish products are top of the range and work for all types of wood. You can refer to the guidelines for each product as they clearly highlight how often they should be used to keep your wooden flooring in great condition. For further information please contact us for an expert opinion on your floor sander needs.
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