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If you’ve splashed out on a gorgeous new wooden floor, first and foremost you’ll want to know how to keep it looking lovely. Here’s our top tips on
maintaining the look of a wooden floor…
Give it a clean sweep daily – all it needs is a quick going-over with a brush or a vacuum cleaner on a daily basis and this will stop any build-up of dust, dirt or grime that can cause discolouration and dullness.
Don’t let it get too wet. Many manufacturers and fitters will recommend their own cleaner for the job, so take their advice but make sure that you don’t overdo it when it comes to the floor cleaner. Soaking the floor in liquid will cause damage over time so less is definitely more.
Don’t let any spills fester! If there’s an accident, someone’s knocked or spilled something on the floor, make sure it’s dealt with right away. If water soaks into the core, it swells, which can cause the edges of the board to ride up and look terrible. It only takes a few minutes to wipe up a spill and it’s so worth it to keep your flooring looking great.
Keep it protected – don’t get careless and damage the surface by doing something that can be avoided, like dragging heavy furniture instead of lifting it or not protecting the floor with protector pads. It’s easy to avoid cracking or breaking the floor if you just take the time to put felt pads on the feet of your sofas, chairs and tables.
Cover the floor with a doormat if it’s in places that get heavy use or are prone to dirt.
Take your heels off indoors. Remember it’s not rude to ask visitors to remove their shoes, especially if they are in stiletto heels which can leave dents and marks on a wooden floor.
Sun damage – exposure to sunlight can change the colour of wooden floors, so remember this when it comes to deciding where to place your mats. If you put one in front of a window, you could end up with a rug shaped dark patch…
For more advice on how to look after your new wooden flooring, ask the experts at Country Flooring in Chelmsford.