A wooden floor can be a great investment. Like most hard floors it’s easy to clean and suits lots of different room types. Wooden floors can also be very attractive and look great in both period and modern properties.
However, wooden floors aren’t cheap. They can last for a long time, so this is only really a short-term problem. But you do need to look after your wooden floor to make sure you get the most for your money.
To help to do this, we’ve come up with 5 tips for caring for your wooden floor.
1. Coat it
After your wooden floor has been installed, coat it with a layer of varnish, oil or wax. Varnish works by forming a protective layer on the surface of your floor to stop the wood below getting damaged. Oil and wax, on the other hand, soak into wooden flooring and protect it from the inside out.
Varnish and oil need reapplying relatively infrequently, whereas wax needs reapplying more often. But as long as you’ve applied them properly, all of these products should adequately protect your wooden floor.
2. Cover the bottoms of your furniture
An easy way to prevent your floor from being damaged is to cover the bottoms of your furniture. Sharp table and chair legs can cause dents and scratches if they’re thin or have sharp edges. Applying felt pads or attaching casters to furniture bottoms will help to prevent this happening and protect your floor.
3. Use gentle cleaning products
When cleaning your wooden floor, it’s best to use gentle cleaning products. These should ideally be water-based and pH-neutral. Stronger cleaners can damage your floor, particularly if there are any breaks in its protective coat. Avoid anything corrosive, like very acidic cleaner or bleach.
4. Avoid contact with water
You should avoid getting your wooden floor wet as much as possible. This is because water can stain and damage it. That’s not to say you shouldn’t use water when you clean your floor, you should just make sure this is as limited as possible.
Anything you use to clean your floor should be damp rather than wet and you should mop up and dry any spillages as soon as they happen.
5. Refinish when recommended
It’s important to refinish your wooden floor when recommended. Refinishing your floor at the right time will extend its life and save you money in the long run. Domestic wooden floors usually need refinishing every 10-15 years, but this can vary according to use and material. If you’re about to get a wooden floor fitted, it’s a good idea to ask your installer what they’d recommend.
These 5 handy tips should help you to care for your wooden floor and keep it in great condition. A good-quality wooden floor is a great asset to your home. So whether you’re in your forever home or are looking to sell in the future, it’s worth looking after.