How To Maintain Your Wood Floors

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It’s no secret that wood flooring presents a sophisticated and plush look to your home, it will definitely wow your guests first time they see it! Like anything, it does need looking after to keep it looking in top notch condition. So, if you’re considering it for your home, then read this guide so you’re all clued up on how to keep it beautiful…

Avoidable Damage

Of course, the best way to keep it looking lovely is to keep it away from anything that may damage it! Now we know this is easier said than done, but it’s important to keep these tips in mind. Make sure you wipe any spillages as soon as possible, as they can stain and ruin the wood permanently! This includes water as too much can cause it to warp and swell. Of course, the best way to avoid this is to not lay it in rooms that see high exposure to spillages such as the kitchen and bathroom, much more suitable for the hallway, bedroom or living room.

Sadly, it doesn’t stop there. Scratches and dents are another thing that can take away from you wood floor’s beauty. Firstly, take all measures to avoid this by placing mats by entrances, remove shoes and keep your pet’s claws trim.

Don’t drag heavy furniture along your wood floor and consider purchasing anti-scratch pads to go at the bottom of furniture.

Cleaning

Wood flooring has a pretty easy cleaning routine and most of the time you don’t need to take any special measures to keep it looking hygienic. All that is needed to keep it looking fresh is to sweep away debris and mop as often as you can. But careful with vacuums though, as some attachments can scratch! Never use a steam mop either, as the moisture can cause it to warp and swell. Specialist wood floor cleaner is available too for those of you who want to go the extra mile to protect it.

Sanding

If scratches, stains and dents do appear then don’t panic! No matter how careful you are, it’s likely these will happen at some point. One of the best things about wood flooring is that you can sand it down and refinish it a number of times to eradicate any damage. However, this should not normally need to be done for the first 15-20 years, so you can only imagine how long these gorgeous floors can last for!