Hardwood floors are an investment. Because of this, keeping them in top condition is a good idea. Looking after a hardwood floor can be simple if the right steps are followed. And taking care to maintain them properly can mean they last for decades to come. Not sure where to start? Here at Tech Flooring, we want to make sure your hardwood floors are well taken care of. To help, here is some straightforward advice on how to maintain your hardwood floor.
Sweeping or brushing your hardwood floor every day is essential to keep it in good condition. Go over the floor with a soft bristle brush, scooping up any surface-level dirt or dust. If dust is allowed to settle, it can get into the grain of the wood and cause damage. After sweeping, go over with a vacuum. Make sure your vacuum is on the right setting for a hardwood floor.
The next step is to clean/mop the floor to get rid of stains or marks. This step only needs to be done once a week. You can use a damp mop and a gentle cleaning solution. Using these, gently go over the floor. Make sure you don’t use too much water as this can damage the floor. Try to clean in the direction of the grain. If there are any stubborn stains, go over to the spot treat them. Never use a steam mop on a hardwood floor. It can cause damage over time.
If you notice any stones or grit on your floor, remove them straight away. Another tip is to never use abrasive cloths on your floor. These can wear away the surface of your hardwood floor and make them uneven.
Top Tip: Having doormats at main entrances can help stop dirt from getting on your hardwood floors. The mats pick up the dirt before it can damage your floor.
The way you handle your furniture has a big impact on how long your floor lasts for. A good tip is to put anti-scratch pads on the ‘feet’ of all your furniture. These stop your floor from scratching when furniture is moved. If you can avoid dragging your furniture across the floor, it’s a good idea. Try lifting instead. Anti-scratch pads also prevent dents.
Top Tip: Having a ‘shoes off’ rule for your hardwood floors can increase their lifespan. You can place rugs down to help keep things cosy if needed.
Another tip is to clean up spills as soon as they happen. Leaving them to sit can cause deeper stains and damage.
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