When you’ve spent a long period of time looking for the perfect wooden floor, you’ll want to keep it in the best shape for as long as possible. Unfortunately, scratches are inevitable but we’ve got some tips on how to minimise them and what you can do if and when they do happen.
Sometimes deep scratches in your floor are hard to avoid and you may want to reconsider sanding and re-varnishing it to restore it to it’s former state. If you’re not confident in doing this yourself, don’t risk taking this on yourself! There are many professionals out there that can assist you in the process.
Be mindful of your footwear when walking on wooden floor. High heels and boots are the worst culprits for leaving scratches and and indents in your floor. Get into the habit of removing your footwear before stepping on the floor. Having rugs and mats are also a handy way of protecting your hardwood floor.
Everyone loves a move around now and again but it can damage your floor, especially if you’re dragging it and not lifting it. Attach felt pads to the legs of your furniture to prevent it from leaving scratches. The pads can be picked up from a number of hardware stores. They’re inexpensive and also last a long time.
Taking care of your is fairly simple. It’s one of the easiest floors to clean, which is why it’s such a popular choice for many homes. You do need to ensure you have the right kit for cleaning it. Never use a hard bristled brush and be mindful not to push down on the mop too hard, or you’ll end up scratching it. Using a dry mop everyday is the equivalent of vacuuming other floors. It doesn’t just move dirt around, it will hold onto it until you shake it out or rinse it in the sink. If you get your hands on one big enough, you’ll be able to get rid of the dirt on all the floors in your house in a matter of minutes.
Too much water is bad for a wooden floor, so try and just mop once a week. You don’t need a bucket, a spray bucket will be more than enough. That way you can control the amount of moisture on the floor and ensure all areas are being covered.
Now go and take care of those beautiful floors!