Timber flooring is very durable and strong, and may need very little maintenance over the years, other than occasional sanding and the application of sealant. However, the way you treat and maintain your timber floors will be a very important factor when it comes to its durability and longevity. A few simple mistakes can actually ruin hardwood floors, whereas using the right products and cleaning techniques can prolong a floor's life and keep it looking its best. Note a few simple tips for preserving your home's timber flooring.
Keep your pet's nails trimmed, as they can easily leave scratches in the floor. If you allow a baby or your children to play on the floor, put down a protective mat or a soft blanket, as even a baby's rattle or set of blocks can scratch the floors.
Remove your shoes at the doorway and never walk across the floor in high heels, or with shoes that have rough soles and heels, as these can also cause gouges and actually scrape the floor. You might also track in sand from the beach, salt that is used to remove snow, pebbles, gravel and other such rough and damaging debris from under your shoes when walking on your hardwood floors. Invest in a nice shoe rack or whatever else is needed to ensure you can leave your shoes at the entryway.
Keeping moisture levels low
Even a sealed timber floor can absorb moisture and humidity from the air, allowing the wood to expand and then shrink; this can cause cupping and bowing, as well as chipping, cracking, and other such damage. Invest in a good dehumidifier for the home and ensure you keep it working during humid summer months to avoid this damage.
Never use a vacuum cleaner that has what is called a beater brush, or a rotating brush under the head of the vacuum, or that has rotating brushes, as both these types of brushes will be very stiff and scratchy and will damage wood floors. Also, never mop your timber floors with water, as this will leave watermarks behind; in some cases, these cannot be polished but the floor must then be sanded. Instead, always use a dry dust mop for cleaning. There are also vacuums meant specifically for timber floors; these won't have any type of brush but will just use suction to pull up dirt and dust and other debris.
Hello, my name is John and this is my new flooring blog. Last month, my wife and I finally got around to replacing the flooring in the downstairs rooms of our home. We had been meaning to do this since the day we moved in but one thing or another always got in the way. I contacted a flooring company who talked me through the various types of flooring I could have, explaining the drawbacks and the benefits of each type. In the end, we decided to have hardwood timber floors in our home as we wanted a traditional look. I hope you like my blog.