A hardwood floor is a delicate and beautiful thing that should be treated with great care and respect. Like many things, people are often careful with their new floors at first but once it becomes “part of the furniture” they tend to forget about how to take care of it long term. Furniture, machines and high heeled shoes all cause damage and over time scratches and dirt can build up, not to mention kids’ toys like cars being wheeled across the floor.
If you look after your wooden floor right from the start it will last a lot longer and keep that new appearance for longer. Many people don’t know how to care for their wooden floor properly and end up buying all manner of cleaning products that can lead to a build-up of residue making the floor look dirty and grey. Don’t believe everything you find on the internet. At Rovin’s Hardwood Flooring we have years of experience in looking after wooden floors and we can offer genuine advice on how to properly care for you floor.
It’s essential to regularly wash your wooden floors with a gentle, quality detergent and where possible use a vacuum with a special attachment. Remove any spills immediately with a soft, slightly damp cloth, starting at the outside of the spillage and working towards the center. Leaving spills and water damage left untreated can lead to warping, discoloration and unsightly marks so it is essential to deal with the problem straight away before it’s too late. Have you ever left a wet cup on a wooden surface and then seen the ring that is left underneath? Well this is the same with wooden flooring. In fact you should treat your floor as you would do an expensive piece of wooden furniture.
Avoid wearing sharp or hard shoes indoors and ask guests to leave their footwear at the door. It’s also a good idea to invest in rubber bottoms under table and chair legs, and never drag furniture across the floor. Rugs are a good idea to further minimise damage, and it’s also advisable to invest in good quality doormats to minimise the risk of dirt and gravel becoming stuck between floorboards.
Having the floor regularly coated will also ensure that you prolong its life. A protective coat is essential and whether you choose an oil based or water based product it is important that you have it done every few years to keep the floor protected.