Ways to maintain wooden floors
25 November 2014
Wooden floors are a favourite among homeowners because of their durability and stylish finish, but the material is not invincible, as well. It needs all the help it can get to last long. Remember, the floors are the most abused part of the house; it needs care and maintenance to be called a floor twenty years from now.
Fortunately, we don’t just sell flooring; we help people take care of them too, so that they can get the most value for their purchase. The first thing homeowners need to do is to make sure that the floor doesn’t have to go through any more stress than it needs to. This means keeping it free from dirt and litter that would scratch the finish.
Liquids that aren’t water is bad for floors because once they’re dry, it’ll take a bunch of chemicals to remove the stain. These chemicals can compromise the integrity of floors, as they’re abrasive enough to melt solid objects. If homeowners routinely use chemicals to clean their floors, it could discolour or warp after a few years.
High heels are a danger for floors, especially stilettos. Some people get some kind of satisfaction from the clicking noises their heels make on such floors. That satisfaction, however, can quickly become frustration when they see scuff marks marking their floors.
Strategically place floor mats in places where there will be high foot traffic or fluid build-up. These areas include doorways, under kitchen sinks, near dishwashers, so on and so forth. There’s no way people can avoid putting damage on these areas. The best approach to keep their longevity is to protect them from all contact with the world.
Finally, attach felt pads on the bottom of furniture to prevent scuffmarks from moving furniture around. Weight and friction are a floor’s worst nightmare, but felt pads will make the scratching drag look more like a smooth slide.
If you’re looking for more tips on protecting your floors, contact us today. We know all the strengths of every type of flooring, and we can tell you all the tricks to make them last as long as possible.