Wooden Floor Care: Top Tips To Keep Your Flooring Looking Its Best
Knowing exactly how to look after your wooden floors without doing them any damage can be tricky, but being aware of precisely how you should care for your type of wooden flooring is paramount to ensuring that it has a long life and looks as good as it did the day it was installed.
While not exhaustive, these general tips will help steer you in the right direction for making your wooden floors look their best no matter how long you’ve had them.
Clean Them Regularly
By regularly sweeping, mopping and vacuuming your wooden floors you’re doing much more than just keeping them looking spotless. Hard, gritty particles sit alongside the soft-looking fluff and, if left to knock around your floor, will cause scratches and abrasive marks over time. The three aforementioned methods are the most effective when it comes to cleaning your floors; be very wary of using floor cleaning products and ensure you use the most suitable for your wood. Using the wrong one for your type of flooring could ruin the finish and cause damage to the wood.
Simple-To-Remove Scuff Marks
Scuff marks look awful, and might appear permanent; not even a good mopping can seem to lift them. But they’re easy to remove and most scuffs will disappear with some warm water on a cloth and a good helping of elbow grease. Some may require a short spray of suitable wood cleaner to really shift, but nothing any more drastic than that is required for the dreaded black scuff marks.
Avoid Those Pesky Gaps
Wood reacts to extreme temperatures, and expands and contracts with the changes in weather and humidity. Wooden flooring can often have a particularly tough time in the winter months as the cold weather causes it to contract and the high humidity (due to central heating and gas fires) removes moisture from the air, and subsequently from the wood.
Simply popping a humidifier in a room with wood flooring can stop the air (and the wood) drying out, contracting and causing those annoying gaps in between the board.
If you’re looking for stylish wooden flooring in your home and you need a company you can trust to give you great advice then look no further than our professional services. Upon new installation we’ll always advise customers on the best ways to look after their flooring, and when to turn to the professionals for help.
It should be noted that these tips are merely guidance to those with wooden flooring – if you’re ever in any doubt on how best to care for or repair your home’s wooden flooring then get in touch with our specialists here at Wood Floor Surbiton.
Posted by Editor on March 7, 2013