Hardwood floors look beautiful when new. The glossy finish of a new hardwood floor shines and sparkles, and really lifts any room in the home, or in the office. But, without regular cleaning and proper care any hardwood floor can easily become marked and scratched and will naturally begin to fade.
In a lot of cases faded hardwood floors are in the state they are purely because of a build up of dust and debris. The wood hasn’t actually lost its colour. The shine is simply being inhibited by a build-up of dirt. Introduce a proper cleaning regime for your wood floors and you’ll keep them in tip top condition for much longer.
Basic care regime for hardwood floors
Regularly use a floor duster to pick up dust, dirt and pet hair. Hoover weekly with a floor brush attachment. Don’t use a beater bar attachment as this can scratch the wood floor. Damp mop the floor regularly too.
How to deep clean your hardwood floor
Regular deep cleaning of your hardwood floor should help to preserve its colour and shine. Use a wood-cleaning product diluted according to instructions. Lightly mop the floor using the diluted wood floor cleaner. Make sure you wring the mop thoroughly to avoid swishing too much water on the floor. Mop again with clear water if instructed to do so on wood-cleaning product. Dry floor immediately after washing with a microfibre cloth.
Regular cleaning should keep your floor in good condition, free from a build-up of dust and grime. If your floor has gone beyond this stage, then it may require a bit more work. It’s quite a DIY job to sand and refinish hardwood floors, so unless you are confident that you know what you are doing, we’d recommend you hire an expert to do the job for you.
Tips for preventing wear and tear
There are quite a few things you can do to prevent general wear and tear of your hardwood floors.
• Position mats both inside and outside of exteriors doors to lessen the amount of dirt that is tracked into the home.
• Use floor protectors or rugs under furniture.
• Use gliders for furniture that gets moved around a lot. The thick, peel and stick, glides work best. Avoid using plastic glides and casters as they can scratch wooden floor surfaces.
• Use rugs in children’s play areas to prevent toys from scratching the floor.
• Wipe up spills as soon as possible.
• Keep high heel shoes in good repair. Damaged heels can easily mark wood floors.
• Do not use wax, abrasive cleaners or oil-based cleaners on hardwood floors.
When to get your hardwood floor refinished
When your floor begins to look lacklustre, and cleaning no longer restores the shine, it could be time you considered having your wood floor sanded, resealed and polished. In areas where there’s a lot of footfall, you’ll likely need to consider doing this every 2-3 years. For those areas where footfall isn’t so high, adopt a care and cleaning regime and you could have a beautifully kept hardwood floor for many years.