Hardwood floor maintenance tips

How to keep your hardwood floors looking good for longer

Hardwood floors take a lot of punishment, so they need looking after regularly and frequent attention reduces the scars. Even the hardest woods cannot sustain wear and tear. Repetitious footfall, spillages,burns, scuffs and scratches, especially in the kitchen, damage the wood. Washing with water may clean the surface grime but the wood absorbs the water and it is not long before the grain opens and contracts leaving unsightly splits and cracks. Like all organic materials, hardwood floors need the correct nourishment. Some floors that get rougher treatment than others. For example, kitchen floors suffer much more than bedroom floors; showrooms in the high street get much more footfall than a private house; door areas suffer more intense usage than anywhere else.

There are two ways to maintain your hardwood floor:

  • Regular care. You can make a huge difference by taking good care of the floor: keep your floors clean by using the right cleaning fluid and see how the lustre stays longer. We can recommend…
  • A professional maintenance programme. The programme depends on the wood, the way it is treated, the wear it gets, and whether it’s at home or in a showroom. Sometimes, all that is required is some cosmetic work or damaged areas need a small repair. Heavy footfall may need require extensive renovation. Damage can be significantly avoided by more frequent cleaning and protecting with the right materials. The best time to consider a maintenance programme is as soon as the floor has been fitted. That is when a proper assessment can be made to ensure its long life. Bear in mind it is more economic to maintain your floor regularly than wait until a complete refurbishment is required.

The dos and don’ts of hardwood flooring maintenance:

Do
Don't

Put felt pads under the casters of furniture

Mop up spillages as soon as possible with a clean soft cloth

Shade the wooden floor from direct summer sun if possible

Encourage the wearing of slippers of soft-sole shoes indoors

Remove loose dirt and grit from the wood floor on a routine basis using a soft broom or vacuum.

Remove abrasives (outside dirt) from the flooring

Lay a mat beneath an office chair at a computer workstation

Keep replacement boards/parquet blocks in case of permanent damage

Nourish your hardwood floor to keep its good looks for years longer

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