Hardwood floors will offer that beauty, rustic, and feeling of life in a home. But wood is susceptible to damage from moisture, every day wear and tear, exposure to UV light, and staining from beverages and fluids like coffee, juices, and urine. While you would want to design floors that last and remain in good condition all the times, at times, if you do not protect them, you will have to deal with these problems more often.Sponsored Links
Surface treatment and technical innovation can assist in extending the life of hardwood floors and minimizing the premature damages, however, a little bit of attention and care is needed when using your wood floors.Sponsored Links
Routine maintenance of hardwood floors
When you have installed your wooden floors, you need to do a final cleanup just before you start walking on it and move in your furniture. If you have installed laminate and wood, you need just brush off the dust and dirt and rub the surface using a dry clothe in order to remove the little bits. If the bits remain on floor such as particles of soils, they could start causing scratch marks.
A regular sweeping of floors will ensure that every day dirt as well as stains are removed so that you do not have an ingrained floor.
With the regular cleaning, it will keep the floors looking smart and prevent marks from forming. A buffing routine is needed to enhance the glare of the floor. Surface treatment on floor will prevent spots and staining, but you also need to keep the floors clean. Use dry cloth and an appropriate cleaning agent to remove any stains from food, paint, drinks, poop, or pet urine.Sponsored Links
Easy maintenance tips of your hardwood floors
- Wipe out any liquids that spill on floors quickly before they infiltrate the material and cause unsightly stains
- Sweep and vacuum the surface regularly to do away with abrasive grit that could scratch the finishes
- High heels are the worst in damaging floors because they cause scratches especially if the heels are worn out or damaged. They can go creating sunken surfaces on wood or causing strips of marks
- In surfaces near the kitchen, door entrances, and other high traffic areas, use mats and carpets. You might want to put mats around the floor near kitchen sinks, kitchen workstations, and dishwasher area, in order to protect the wooden floors from spills of water, food, detergents, and dropped utensils that may impact on the surface and create dented surfaces.
- Avoid using rubber mats or other forms of mats with dense backings, which tend to prevent airflows. The rubber mats can create pockets of moisture, which could damage wood
- Use felt pads in all furniture feet in order to allow for easy movement of the furniture without causing marks
Wood cracks, scratches, and gaps
Following extended duration of use, the surface of wood will wear and even the toughest of lacquers used on the wood floors will begin showing scratches. With a badly damaged floor, it rips away and erodes the beauty of your floor.
If you have a badly scratched floor, you can recondition it by lightly sanding and applying a new coat of a sealant material or lacquer. The presence of cracks and gaps should be worked on immediately by filling them with putty or using wax bars for the larger gaps.