How Do I Care For My Wood Floor?
If this is a question you find yourself asking often, then you’re not alone. There are constant feeds across social media about the design and care of wood floors, and you want to make sure you’re doing it right. There are multiple ways of decorating and caring for your floor in the short-term, that can end up deteriorating the condition long-term; this is exactly what you want to avoid. Below is our step by step guide to the simple care of your wood floor.
Avoid any deep marks or scratches. Heavy furniture is one of the biggest causes of deep scratches in wooden floors. You can prevent this by not dragging furniture, or alternatively you can fix felt pads to the feet of any furniture, so that when things do move, they won’t cause any damage. Rugs are often overlooked as a cause of damage, but they can scratch your floors if they slide around often, so fix your rug in place with a rubber mat. Another cause of scratches can be grit and dirt brought in on the bottoms of outdoor shoes, so where possible ensure outdoor footwear is removed before walking across your wooden floor. Sweeping away dust and loose dirt daily with a soft bristle brush or broom is good practice to maintain a damage-free floor. You could use a vacuum cleaner rather than a broom, but it is essential to make sure that you have the correct fittings, as otherwise it could do more damage than good.
Keep your wood floor dry. Liquids can easily soak in to wood, causing swelling, warping and irreparable damage. Ensure that any spills are wiped up immediately, and avoid soaking when cleaning. Opt for a flat microfiber mop and spray cleaner, rather than steam mops or traditional wet mops. Follow the grain of the wood when mopping, which should be done once a week for general maintenance, and in between when any surface stains appear.
Direct sunlight can cause the colour of wood to fade over time, so where possible, protect your wood floor from direct exposure to sunlight. Rugs, curtains and blinds are the easiest solution.
Sealing wooden floors with an oil or lacquer can protect the surface and prevent lasting damage. There are many coloured oils, and varieties of lacquer to help you achieve the exact look to suit your taste. Read more about sealing wood floors here.
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