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Living room with hardwood floors

Installing a hardwood timber floor is a long term investment. This style of flooring is durable and will never go out of style. Itís one of the first things people will notice when they step foot into your home and its elegance is timeless as long as you take the necessary steps in ensuring its looked after properly.

Here are a handful of tips to make sure your floor doesnít get floored unnecessarily.

Vacuum Regularly
Dirt and grit can lead to excess wear and scratching of a hardwood timber floor. Even very fine dirt can cause gradual damage to your hardwood floors. We recommend vacuuming or electro-static mop over sweeping as its more thorough and prevents the debris from becoming lodged in between the panels.

For more stubborn dirt, damp mop the floor using a well wrung [cloth]. Excess moisture and hardwood floors donít mesh (as it can cause the wood to swell) so avoid getting your floor wet as much as possible.

Use Specially Designed Cleaning Products
Ordinary floor cleaners could do more harm than good when used on your hardwood[,chemical cleaners could damage the coating of the timber]. Make sure that you use products designed to be used with hardwood, preferably recommended by the manufacturer of the coating. Floorboard outlets like Floorboards Online typically have a list of products that are most suitable.

Avoid products that use ammonia, petroleum distillates, methylated spirits or kerosene as the damage these products can cause to your hardwoods floors is irreversible. Also refrain from household detergents or any form of wax. Find a product thatís used for cleaning hardwood floors and stick to it.

Be Wary When Moving Furniture
Iím not just referring to when you want to switch up the feng shui of your living room. Even general readjustments by someone on the couch can cause marks on your hardwood floor. Always lift furniture and avoid dragging anything across the hardwood. Also, consider installing felt protectors to the legs of furniture to minimise scratches from moving furniture.

Institute a No Shoe Policy
There's a reason showrooms don't allow people to tread all over their display floors. High heels, cleats and sport shoes can cause dents in a hardwood surface. Have guests and residents take their shoes off before they enter the house. This is also more hygienic as less external matter will be entering the house via shoes.

Note: If you have pets, trim their fingernails as pets are another common cause for scratches on timber flooring.

Keeping these simple tips in mind will allow you to enjoy your hardwood floors for years to come.


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