Hardwood floors are a smart investment. They look extra classy and they increase your home resale’s value. However, keeping them in tip-top quality requires some basic effort. When it comes to timber flooring, prevention is always better than cure. Here are 5 simple floor care tips so you can keep your hardwood floors looking their best.
#1 - Avoid spills or clean them immediately
Water is the number one enemy of timber floors. You should avoid spills as much as you can as moisture can cause wood to swell, warp, cup, and/or crack. Immediately wipe up spills as soon as you spot them by using a dry or slightly damp cloth. It’s also a good idea to use floor mats, especially around doorways.
A good practice to prevent moisture is to ban shoes inside the house, especially during the wet season. Set up a shoe cabinet outside and make it a point to switch your outdoor shoes to indoor slippers right at your home’s entrance. Not only will you prevent mud from wetting your floors, but you’ll avoid bringing in germs as well.
#2 - Clean regularly
Routine cleaning will keep your timber floors in great shape. Use a broom or vacuum with a soft brush head to dust your timber floors once a day or every other day. Avoid using abrasive vacuum attachments that can potentially scratch your floors. You can also use a damp mop weekly for a deeper clean. Hardwood floors are pretty easy to clean but make sure to avoid steam cleaning at all costs.
When using cleaning agents, make sure to follow the product instructions. Vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and ammonia have no business cleaning your hardwood floors. It’s best to use a store-bought formula that’s specialised in wood cleaning rather than using a potentially stripping kitchen concoction. While we love a good DIY, your timber floor cleaner shouldn’t be one of them.
#3 - Use furniture pads and rugs
Scratches are inevitable when it comes to hardwood flooring but there are ways to minimize them. Adding furniture pads to the legs of your tables, sofas, and other furniture will provide cushioning that can avoid scratches. For high traffic areas or places where chairs are moved often like around the dining table, an area rug reduces both scrapes to your hardwood floors and noise.
Remember that furniture pads and rugs do wear out and thin over time, so check and replace them every few months or years.
#4 - Have your floors recoated every 5 years
Over time, you’ll notice that your hardwood floor isn’t as shiny as it used to be. This is natural and can be easily fixed by a professional polish and fresh recoating. You can learn more about the best floor finishes for your hardwood floors here or call us at 0407 983 020 to inquire. At Allen Brothers, we offer the best options for floor coatings to all our customers around Perth. You can take your pick between Bona, Loba, and Osmo Finishes, or Polycure and Whittle Wax Coatings. What’s best, we offer up to a 5-year warranty on our services.
#5 - Have your floors professionally restored
For tough stains, heavy scruffs and scratches, and/or major damages, it’s time to call in the experts. If you feel like your hardwood floors are past their glory, call us at 0407 983 020 for a professional restoration.
We provide sanding, polishing, and coating services to restore your timber floors to showroom condition. From buffing out blemishes and scratches, filling and patching holes, replacing old wooden planks, sanding down stains and damages, to staining, coating, and finishing your flooring - we promise to breathe new life to your hardwood flooring.
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