Top Ten Tips for Wood Floor Care – If you’ve found yourself with time on your hands there’s nothing like a spring clean of your home to lift your spirits. One of the many advantages of wood flooring is that it is simple to care for and can easily be kept looking as good as new.
Why not use your lockdown time to breathe new life into your wood flooring with our top hints and tips:
For day-to-day cleaning all you need is a damp mop or cloth.
To keep your wood floor looking its best, regular cleaning and maintenance are advised. Using the correct products is a must, as lacquered floors and oiled floors have specific needs.
Always sweep or dust before you mop. Removing as much dirt and debris as you can before mopping will avoid damaging your floor.
For oiled floors dry clean daily with a vacuum or a soft brush to remove grit or dirt. Damp clean the floor at least weekly using a lightly applied cleaning and then mop the floor dry. This will both the chance your floor will be scratched by abrasive particles and increase the floor’s resistance to signs of wear.
Clean up any spillages as soon as possible. While engineered hardwood flooring is less susceptible to water damage than solid hardwood flooring, prolonged exposure to liquids can cause damage.
On sunny days protect your engineered floors from UV damage by drawing curtains or blinds to shield your floors from direct sunlight.
When cleaning your engineered hardwood flooring, wipe in the same direction as the wood grain for best results.
Sweeping or dusting your floors every day will help prevent a build-up of dirt that will require hard scrubbing or cleaners to remove.
Hard water can leave your floor looking dull over time. Use softened water or special hardwood floor cleaners to remove this mineral build-up and restore a natural lustre.
Do not place electronics directly on your engineered hardwood floors. Use coasters for items such as house plants too.