Hardwood floors are a great addition to your home. Not only do they look stunning, but they also increase your property value. But this all comes down to maintaining them properly. If you look after your floor, your floor will look after you. Here are some general tips and on how to properly maintain your hardwood floor.
Quick tips you will need
Floors encounter dirt, spills, scratches, daily traffic and accidental damage. The easiest way to clean something up is soapy water and a damp mop. If the ordinary cleaning method isn’t cutting it, you might need to refresh your floor with specialist floor cleaners.
Sweep away any bits of gravel that may have come in from outside. A doormat is the best method for keeping harsh nasties coming in.
For the best results, we recommend using a mop with a flat head that will minimise the chances of scratching your floor.
Use protected pads on the bottom of your furniture. These could be seats, tables and sofas. It will prevent them from scuffing your hardwood floor.
We all have a cleaning routine we use to maintain our hardwood floors. If you don’t, let’s take a look at the essential items you will need:
- Maintenance guide from your floor supplier
- Cleansing brush
- Finisher – If you prefer an invisible oil or lacquered, it’s important to give your floor a coating to give it another layer of protection against scratches and stains.
- Microfiber cloths
- Specialist floor cleaner (optional)
- Soapy water
Your floor supplier will recommend floor cleaners for solid wood and engineered oak floors. But for a quick clean, simply fill a bucket of water with soapy water and cleaner for the best results.
You can refinish and sand your wooden floors as much as you prefer, although they won’t need doing for the first 10-15 years as they are super durable! Finish with a coating you desire to maintain its natural, gorgeous look.
We hope this guide has helped you more with cleaning your floors! Comment below if you have any more tips and tricks!