5 Top Tips for Maintaining your Wood Floor
If you have (or are considering) a wood floor, you already know warm and attractive wood flooring can make your home. A rich wood floor can imbue your interiors with sophistication, beauty and durability that will last a lifetime – or longer. With that said, if you do not care correctly for your wood floors, they will simply not look their best and you will inadvertently shorten the wood’s lifespan.
Here are five top tips that will help you care for and maintain your wood floor.
- Mimimise humidity – While homeowners are often aware of the hazards of a massive spill or leak, many do not consider the overall humidity of their dwelling. When you have wood floors in your home, you do need to be aware of the humidity levels in the environment in order to prevent buckling and ripped seams. Invest in a dehumidifier and take measures to keep your home as dry as possible.
- Use the correct cleansers – Traditional floor cleaning products that work on laminate, linoleum and tile can cause irreparable damage to your wood flooring. Instead, purchase specialised wood cleaners like OSMO wash for oiled floors
- Polish with oils, not wax – As with the above point, not all floor waxes and polishes are appropriate for wood flooring. While olive oil and other similar oils are usually recommended to provide shine without a gunky build up, you will again want to select an oil or polish designed for your specific wood style and grain. Speak to your specialist for expert advice.
- Watch those feet! Feet – both the kind of furniture and the kind on people (and pets!) can damage your wood floors with scuffs, scratches and gouges. Consider placing cloth pads on the feet of tables, chairs and sofas, regularly trim pets’ claws, and ensure that guests remove high heels and hard soled shoes. In particularly highly trafficked areas, you may want to lay down an area rug or runner.
- Pay attention to changes in your floor – Some wear and tear is natural with wood, but when your planks begin to buckle and warp – called ‘cupping’ – you need to take action. This damage is alerting you to the fact that there is moisture in your home. If you have followed tip one and taken measures to reduce humidity in the air, these changes can be an alert to a hidden leak or sitting water. By taking stock of your floor on a regular basis, you will notice these problems early on and prevent further damage.