Hardwood floors are beautiful from every angle, and are an extremely worthwhile and durable flowing investment. If they succumb to damage, however, it can be a pain to fix. Maintaining your hardwood floors will not only ensure that they look great, but it will also make them last as long as you need them to.
Choose your finish wisely
If you’ve opted for a natural hardwood floor in your home, you will need to choose an appropriate finish to keep it looking great, and prevent any damage. Before making a final decision, consider the location of this flooring, is it going to be in high-traffic areas? If so you’ll need something more durable. You also need to think about how you want your flooring to look? Gloss finishes look beautiful and shiny, but are more prone to scratches and scuffs. These will not be as prominent with a smooth or matte choice, and satin finishes tend to look more natural as well.
Polyurethane finishes are durable, but Acrylic finishes are even more so, for added protection, and flooring that looks great for years. Wood sealers are made from natural oils, and will strengthen the wood as they dry. Floors treated with this will require extra maintenance, however. Finally, a wax finish is possibly the best option available, it dries quickly, and any scrapes can be repaired by buffing it out. If maintained properly, a wax finish could last a lifetime.
It is typically recommended that these protective finishes are applied every 3 to 5 years in order to keep your hardwood floor looking it’s best for as long as possible. If you keep the flooring for over a decade, you may want to consider sanding and re-finishing as well.
Protect at all costs
Taking adequate everyday precautions will ensure that the longevity of your hardwood floor is maintained, and there are a number of ways to do so. Furniture scrapes can be a nightmare to deal with, but are easily avoidable. Placing protective felt, or cushioned pads on furniture legs and bases will prevent against these scrapes, limiting any potential damage.
Hardwood can be subject to fading when in direct sunlight, to protect against this it is useful to install appropriate window coverings and blinds to shield against UV rays and excessive heat. These could lead to excessive fading on certain areas of your flooring, so it’s important to avoid at all costs.
High traffic areas at work, or home, could result in dirt, oils, and other corrosive substances being dragged across your flooring. Placing mats in these areas will absorb these substances, and prevent against the damage they could cause. It is useful to remember that rearranging these mats from time to time will ensure that the flooring ages at an even rate.
Should any minor scrapes or scuffs appear, look to repair them as soon as possible. Ignoring them could eventually lead to major damage that could be far more expensive to fix.
Use the right cleaning products
Sweeping or vacuuming regularly will help to prevent unnecessary dust and dirt build-up, which could end up scratching the wood surface. It is advisable to avoid using water and oil soaps when cleaning, and definitely do not use harsh scouring pads, hard-bristle brushes, as these could cause serious damage. Waxes and acrylic cleaners could also cause the floor to become slippery, and dull quickly. Buffing, instead of applying wax, might help to create the sheen you are looking for. Make sure to clean up spills quickly with paper towels, and only use specialist wood floor cleaner as and when needed.
Nailsea Flooring have almost 20-years of experience in fitting high quality flooring for commercial and domestic use. We pride ourselves on excellent workmanship, and keep customer satisfaction as the core of our business. So, pick up the phone today and give us a call on 07970 105791 for your free, no obligation quote.