Maintenance – How to keep your hardwood floors in looking good for longer
Wood floors take a lot of punishment; regular care reduces the scars
Floors need looking after. Even the hardest woods can sustain wear and tear. Repetitious footfall, spillages, burns, scuffs and scratches especially in the kitchen damage the wood. Even the way it is cleaned. Washing with may clean the surface grime but the wood absorbs the water and it is not long before the grain opens and contracts leaving unsightly splits and cracks.
Some floors that get rougher treatment than others. For example, kitchen floors suffer much more than bedroom floors; showrooms in the high street get much more footfall than a private house; door areas suffer intense usage than anywhere else.
There are two highly recommended ways of looking after a hardwood floor:
- Regular care. You can make a huge difference by taking good care of the floor: keep your floors clean by using the right cleaning fluid and see how the lustre stays longer. We can recommend the best solution for you. See our special offer.
- A professional maintenance programme. The programme depends on the wood, the way it is treated, the wear it gets, whether it’s at home or in a showroom. Sometimes, all that is required is some cosmetic work or damaged areas need a small repair. Heavy footfall may need require extensive renovation. Damage can be significantly delayed by more frequent cleaning and protecting with the right materials.
The best time to consider a maintenance programme is as soon as the floor has been fitted. That is when a proper assessment can be made to ensure its long life.
Bear in mind it is more economic to maintain your floor regularly than wait until a complete refurbishment is required.
The dos and don’ts of floor care:
- put felt pads under the casters of furniture
- mop up spillages as soon as possible with a clean soft cloth
- shade the floor from direct summer sun if possible
- encourage the wearing of slippers of soft-sole shoes indoors
- remove loose dirt and grit from the floor on a routine basis using a soft broom or vacuum.
- remove abrasives (outside dirt) from the flooring
- lay a mat beneath an office chair at a computer workstation
- keep replacement boards/parquet blocks in case of permanent damage
- drag heavy furniture across the floor
- wash or mop your floor with excessive water unless using a recommended maintenance kit
- let your pets foul the floor
- keep pets’ claws cut to prevent scratches
- Stand anything very hot on the floor
- bring outdoor grit and grime into the house on boots and shoes
- do not walk across an uncovered floor in stiletto, spiked or sports shoes