It’s no secret that wood flooring presents a sophisticated and desirable look to your home and will be sure to wow any visitors. It will also last for a generation if cared for properly and can even outlive the person who laid it! Like anything, it does need some care and attention in order to retain its beauty. So, if you are considering purchasing wood flooring for your home, it’s worth reading this guide before you do to make sure it’s the best option for you.

Avoidable Damage

The best way to avoid damage is to of course keep it away from anything that might damage it. Now we know that this is easier said than done, but it’s important to be aware of the dangers so you can take necessary measures to avoid them. If you only take away one thing from this article it’s this: make sure you wipe away any spillages as soon as possible as they can stain. This includes water as too much can cause the wood to warp and swell. Of course, the best way to avoid this is to no lay it in rooms that see high exposure to spillages such as the kitchen or bathroom, with it being better suited to the living room, bedroom and hallway.

A wood floor
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Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. Scratches and dents are another thing threatening your wood floors. They’re inevitable in most cases especially if you have children and pets running about the place. Firstly, take all the measures to avoid these where possible by putting mats by entrances, remove shoes and keep your pet’s claws trim.

Avoid dragging heavy furniture along your flooring and carry things if you can and consider purchasing anti-scratch pads to go on the bottom of furniture legs.

Cleaning

Wood flooring has a relatively easy cleaning routine and you won’t need to take any special measures to keep it looking hygienic. All that is needed is to sweep debris and dust away and mop whenever you see fit. Be careful with vacuums though by making sure they have the right attachments as some of them can scratch! Don’t use a steam mop either as the moisture can cause it to warp and swell.

Although not a must have, if you’re really wanting to go to town to protect your wood floor then purchase specialist wood floor cleaner.

A green cloth, bucket and mop on a wooden floor
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Sanding

If scratches, dents and stains do appear overtime then don’t panic! No matter how careful you are, its likely you’ll get some of these. One of the best things about wood flooring is that you can sand it down a number of times to eradicate any stains and scratches. However, this should not normally need to be done for the first 15-20 years, so you can only imagine how long these beautiful floors can last!

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