Caring for your wood floor
Wooden floors are beautiful, elegant and timeless and can last for a lifetime if looked after correctly. Most types are durable and hardwearing, however, they will still need caring for and protecting from damage which will be easy and straight forward if you follow the advice below.
Day to day careOnce we have fitted and or finished your wood floor we supply all of our clients with the equipment and information on how to look after their wood floors. This ensures that right from day one the floor will get all the help required in order to preserve its appearance. We can also design periodic maintenance programmes that will ensure that the finish of your wood floor is protected and enhanced from time to time.
Some simple tips to avoid damage
- Never clean wood floors with a wet mop. Too much water can cause the floor to swell, warp or turn grey.
- Don’t use wax, soap or other household cleaners on wooden floors. They can dull the floors finish.
- Don’t let sand, dirt or grit build up. They can act like sandpaper: abrading and dulling your floor finish.
- Vacuum or sweep your floors regularly. Once every week is recommended.
- Remove spills promptly using your wood floor care kit.
- Place mats at exterior doors to trap sand and grit.
- Use rugs in high traffic pathways, at the end of stairs and near doorways. Avoid rubber backing or non-ventilated rugs.
- Trim your pet’s claws. Proper claw trimming helps avoid scratches and gouges.
Periodic maintenanceAlthough the finishes on the wood floors we fit and supply are of the highest quality and are extremely durable, at some point they will need some routine maintenance to maintain their appearance. The type of routine comes in the form of refinishing and depending on the amount of traffic the wood floor is exposed to will determine how often the wood floor will need to be refinished. If a wood floor is neglected and the finish wears through, the timber can become stained and this can lead to the need for the entire floor to be re sanded and completely re finished. Not only is this more expensive than just refinishing but the valuable resource of your wood floor is being diminished. Although correct sanding of wood floors should result in the bare minimum of wood being removed from the floor if the work is carried out by professionals using the correct machinery and techniques, it is more efficient to have the floor refinished from time to time than have the floor completely renovated.
If you have any questions regarding the care of your wood floor please call our experts on 01536 760099 or email us here.