Hardwood timber floors are a classic flooring option for any home. It is recognised for its timeless appearance and durability. However, the lifespan of your hardwood floors is dependent on the level of care it receives over the years. We ask the experts for their top tips on how to keep your hardwood floors in pristine condition and list some preventative things you can do around the home to reduce the wear.
Protecting Your Wooden Floor
Preventing scratches, bumps and dents should be one of the key priorities when caring for your wooden floor on a daily basis.
Scratches usually occur when furniture is slid across the floors and begins peeling the top layer of lacquer/oil of the wood. In this case, we suggest adding adhesive felt pads that are designed to protect your floors as well as minimise noise from moving furniture e.g., dining chairs. Another way scratches can appear in your hardwood timber floors is from shoes and is not limited to stiletto heels, contrary to belief. Small rocks and dirt that get trapped in the grooves of the shoes’ soles can cause minor scratching and over time, become far more noticeable. Therefore, we suggest removing your shoes when walking on your timber floors or opt for indoor slippers/footwear. Young children and pets can also add to the mix of causes for scratches to appear in your hardwood flooring.
If you find that a high footfall area such as the living space or hallway is susceptible to denting or scratching, we suggest laying down a rug or runner to help minimise the damage.
How to Clean Your Wooden Floor
Cleaning hardwood timber floors can be a simple process. However, there are a few things to note before you rush out to purchase cleaning products and equipment.
Vacuum (with the correct attachment) and sweep with a soft-bristled broom frequently to reduce the build-up of dust.
Use a steam mop as it may break down the wood and cause the top layer of your floor to peel or cloud.
Use a floor cleaning product or cleaning spray specifically designed for timber floors. Heavy disinfectants may have pH levels that are too high and should only be used on tiles or other surfaces.
Use harsh scourers or steel wool when spot cleaning to remove stains, this can cause severe damage to the surface of your wood. While you may think that you are removing the stain, you may also be removing the surface layer of the timber.
Clean spills immediately and eliminate puddles of water. Water, humidity and moisture are some of the largest contributing factors to damage to your hardwood timber floors. Therefore, we suggest that when mopping your floors, wring as much water as possible from your mop. Additionally, opening a window or turning on a fan can help quicken the drying process.
Sanding & Polishing Your Solid / Hardwood Timber Floor
You should sand back and polish your hardwood timber floors every few years to keep it looking fresh. Check out our full process on how to sand & polish your solid / hardwood floor at home here.
How Can the Professionals Help?
Looking for help with your timber floors? Ace Timber Floors are specialists in timber flooring, offering installation, sanding and polishing services for hardwood timber flooring. We have been servicing Sydney since 2008 with a long-standing list of clienteles. No matter what type of timber or flooring you require assistance with Ace Timber Floor will be able to guide you in the right direction. Contact us today or visit our showroom.