Looking after your solid wood flooring
Solid wood flooring looks impressive, is durable and adds value to your home. To keep your flooring in immaculate condition, clean and protect it carefully, respecting the grain and condition of the wood. Different floors can require specialist treatments or procedures. The results are usually well worth the extra effort.
Caring for your floor
The main aspects of caring for solid wood flooring involve preventing damage, and repairing any marks that do occur.
- Pets' claws, high-heeled shoes and heavy furniture can all cause indentations in some kinds of wood. Clip those claws, ban the stilettos and invest in some furniture pads for that sofa.
- Make sure you sweep or vacuum regularly. Grit and tiny stones can scratch the wooden floor or become ground into the grain, leaving marks that are difficult to eradicate.
- Water can be both an enemy and a friend to your wooden floor. If spills are left to stand or soak in to the floor, your wood may swell up or warp, depending on how well the wood has been sealed. This is normally something to avoid, but if you want to repair a minor dent, a little soaked-in water may be the solution.
- Wine spills should be cleaned up immediately. If they have dried, you may need to do some light sanding and varnishing to repair the marked wood. Use a fine-grade sandpaper, and sand as little of the surface as necessary.
- There are specialist wood floor cleaners available. Check beforehand to ensure they are compatible with the lacquer or varnish that has been applied to your solid wood flooring.
Protecting the wood
Caring for your solid wood flooring shouldn't be an ordeal. Remember to use well-wrung mops, and to clean along the length of the planks. Be alert to potential causes of scratching, like children's toys, roller-skates or heavy luggage. Understand that wood is an organic substance, and it will expand and contract with age and humidity.