How do you maintain hardwood floors?
A genuine hardwood floor is one of the most expensive floor options but for good reason. Once it’s laid it looks simply stunning. There are many different options when it comes to hardwood but it is difficult not to agree that this French oak flooring is one of the best you’ll ever see.
Of course, you’ll want to keep it looking fantastic; that’s why you need to know these tips to maintain your hardwood floor.
The best thing you can do for your hardwood floor is to clean it every day. This doesn’t need to be a chore! You need to dust the floor with a microfiber cloth; this will trap the dirt and lift it from the floor.
But you don’t need to do it on your hands and knees. You can purchase a microfiber mop; just remember to keep it on the floor the whole time your cleaning; this will trap the maximum amount of dust.
Once a week you should run a vacuum over your floors but it must have a soft bristle brush. Any other type of attachment is likely to leave fine scratches on your floor.
Ideally you should dust the floor first and then vacuum. This will ensure all the dirt is picked up and your floor looks fantastic.
However, you should also be careful of the wheels on your vacuum. Some of them can leave fine scratches across your beautiful hardwood floor.
If you’re in any doubt it is best to avoid the vacuum and get one designed for hardwood floors. A top tip is also to avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar; this will definitely cause scratches on your floor.
This is another activity that you should do once a week. A damp mop with a microfiber head is perfect. But, you should mist the mop rather than put it in water. Add a hardwood cleaner to your water to ensure you regain your floor’s shine.
Every 2 or even 3 months you’ll need to give your hardwood floor a polish. This is to restore the polyurethane finish which is what protects the wood itself from damage. The finish also contributes towards the shine of your floor.
You’ll need to use polishing products recommended by the hardwood floor manufacturer and then follow the instructions on the polish.
Polish is fine, wax is not; it will damage the top coating and leave your floor vulnerable.
Whenever possible close your blinds and curtains; this will prevent the UV rays from the sun hitting your floor and causing discoloration.
It won’t be possible to prevent this entirely but by moving your furniture and fittings round regularly you should be able to even the wear across the floor.
It’s a good idea to have a new polyurethane coat put on your hardwood floor every 3 – 5 years. This is also a great opportunity to sand out scratches and even fill tiny grooves to restore your floor to its original state.