How To Protect Your Hardwood Floors From Wear And Tear
Hardwood flooring is one of the best investments you can make in your home. But while a good hardwood floor is usually very resilient, it does need some love and attention. That is if you want it to stay in a beautiful, ‘as new’, condition. And don’t we all?
Maintaining your hardwood floor doesn’t have to be a big deal. Get into a rhythm of cleaning your floors regularly. The more often you do it, the less of a hassle it’ll be, and the less time it’ll take.
Here’s a quick guide to cleaning, protecting and repairing your hardwood floors.
Keeping hardwood floors clean doesn’t take long, and is easier than you think. You just need to get off the couch and do it. Most of it is common sense: wipe up spillages quickly, keep dirt off the floors, and give it a sweep once in awhile. Remember that water and wood do not mix well. Wood expands when it gets wet so make sure you wipe up spillages quickly to prevent water damages to the wooden boards. To wipe and clean the floors, use a designated hardwood cleaning spray.
Here’s a cleaning schedule of what you need to do daily, weekly, monthly and yearly to keep your floors looking great on a day to day basis, and for years to come.
#2 Furniture Protection
Make sure your furniture doesn’t leave marks on the floor. For furniture that you use often, get some chair glides and some felt pads. This will allow the furniture to slide effortlessly when being pushed around, without leaving annoying marks or major dents in the surface. For furniture that’s being used less often, place some filt or a cloth under the legs when moving to avoid scratches. Remember to move heavy objects once in awhile so they don’t leave dents in the floor.
#3 Shoes Off
Dirty shoes leave dirt. Even clean shoes leave dirt! When there’s dirt lying around of the surface, it can easily lead to scratches, and that’s a shame! Make it a house rule to leave the shoes at the front door, and minimise the amount of dirt that gets dragged in.
High heels can (not surprisingly) cause dents to your hardwood floor. Plain avoid them inside, or allow heels on occasions only.
#4 Scratch Repair
Scratches are annoying, but they happen! Luckily there are ways to deal with them, and make sure your floors stay as good as new.
If the scratch is simple and small, then a scratch removing spray might just do the trick.
If the damage is a bit bigger, then try oil and surface finish. For large scratches and dents, you can either try out wood fillers or look into repairing chemicals. At this point, we’re getting to a stage where you should ask a professional on how to proceed.
If all else fails, if you’re in an economic black hole, or if you just can’t be bothered; then it’s time for the good old blanket cover up ;)
About G.K. Contractors Scotland Ltd.
Based in Paisley, G.K. Contracts are specialists in asbestos removal, flooring, roofing and general maintenance. We’re passionate about flooring and providing the very best service and guidance to our clients, from enquiry through to aftercare.