Looking after your wooden floor is much less hassle than trying to care for a carpet – a carpet needs to be hoovered, washed, and if it’s in a high footfall area it can quickly look threadbare and shabby so it needs replaced pretty frequently. A wooden floor is a much more maintenance-friendly flooring option, but it does still require some TLC when it comes to looking its best. Here are 5 must-know ways to look after your wooden floor so that it continues to look as good as the day you got it.
1. Clean as you go
Your floor will attract dust and dirt daily and will be much more visible than on a carpet, so make sure you clean it as you go so that you can keep it looking great, as well as keeping it hygienic. Sweeping your floor every day with a microfibre cloth or broom will help to lift the majority of the surface dust leaving it gleaming with relatively little effort.
2. Mop up spills
Water or other liquid spills on wooden floors need to be wiped up straight away. You’ll know the damage a leak can cause to wooden flooring under the floorboards – it buckles and warps them and in most case the floor needs to be totally replaced. If you notice any spills wipes them up straight away – if left, they can stain, be dangerous (someone could slip on it) and if there are gaps between the boards the liquid can run underneath and damage your underlay.
3. Pay attention to the skirting too
Looking after your wooden floor is one thing, but you also really need to pay attention to your skirting boards too. These can get scuffed, dusty and need cleaning just as often as your flooring, and neglecting these can detract from the beauty of your new flooring. A quick wipe with a microfibre cloth once a week is really all that’s needed to keep them looking great.
4. Use products made for your type of floor
Your cleaning products will be specially formulated depending on the type of floor you have – laminate, vinyl, solid wood – as each have different requirements and resistance to the chemicals in floor cleaner. Follow the instructions so that you don’t accidentally damage your floor when mopping – we would recommend mopping your floors at least once a week to keep them clean and looking their best. Check out our range of floor cleaning and after care products to help you maintain the beauty of your wooden floor.
5. Take off shoes and add pads to your furniture
Look after your wooden floor long term by treating it carefully. Remove your shoes before you walk on it, and never wear high heels which can leave indentations all over your floor. When placing furniture on top of your wooden floor, make sure to have felt pads on the feet of all chairs, tables and sofas, especially if you move them about when cleaning so that you don’t accidentally scrape or scratch your beautiful wooden floor.
If you still have questions about looking after your wooden flooring, just get in touch with one of our flooring experts who will be happy to advise you. You can also check out the full range of wooden floors we have available on our website.