Wooden flooring in any home adds a touch of luxury and elegance. It is easier to maintain than carpet, is more suitable for homes with pets and is resistant to spills. This does not mean, however, that you do not need to care for your wood flooring every now and then. In order to keep your wood floor in the best condition possible, follow our tips below.
Keep your floor looking fresh with regular cleaning
For day to day cleaning, a dry microfibre mop or cloth can be used to keep your wood floor looking fresh and polished. Throughout the day, dust can gather on your floor which can dull the finish and take away that sleek shine. You should aim to vacuum and gently mop your wood floor weekly to ensure that it remains bright. When vacuuming, be careful that you do not use the beater bar as this can scuff or scratch the floor. Every month, we recommend using a wood flooring cleaner.
Minimise dirt and spillages
If your wood flooring is in a room that has a high level of foot traffic, it is wise to get into the habit of removing shoes before entering the room. In fact, encouraging your children and guests to take off their shoes once they are indoors will help to keep all of your flooring in better shape. Removing shoes reduces the risk of stones, dirt and grit damaging your wood floor. In addition to this, you should wipe up and clean spillages as soon as they happen; if spills are left for a long period of time, they can penetrate the wood and lead to unsightly stains.
Protect your floor from furniture
Adding felt protectors to furniture legs provides a soft layer between your wood floor and heavy pieces of furniture which can scratch and dent your flooring. Over time, these protectors will wear down and become less effective, so be sure to replace them when needed. Placing a rug underneath a coffee table is an attractive and easy way to stop the table from scratching your wood floor and ensures that it remains in good condition while adding decoration.
Avoid sliding things on the floor
When moving anything on a wood floor, avoid sliding it across the room. Instead, pick it up and place it down to prevent scratches and avoid dragging materials across the wood. If you have pets, try to keep their paws clean and their nails trimmed to minimise small scratches and stains when they run across the floor.
At Cooper & Williams, we offer quality wooden flooring to suit every room and home in Shrewsbury. Our skilled team of flooring experts can supply and install your flooring for you, transforming your home and adding a touch of luxury. For more information, visit our website.