One of the most enduringly popular surfaces for Somerset flooring is solid wood flooring. It’s the ultimate luxury finish and can add warmth and appeal to the look of a hallway or living area. More than that, it’s highly attractive to buyers if you plan to sell your property in future. But it won’t be much of a selling point if it’s damaged, scuffed or stained.
This article offers hints for keeping your floor in tip top condition. Our first recommendation is that prevention is always better than cure. While it’s possible to sand the wood back and re-varnish it to restore its natural beauty, this can be a messy process. It’s not one you’d want to undertake on a regular basis. Therefore, take steps to protect your floor where possible, such as encouraging family members and guests to remove high heeled shoes before walking on it. Heavy furniture or pieces that are moved around a lot can also cause scratch marks or scuffs on the surface, so consider sticking felt protectors to the legs of your tables, chairs and so on. It’s worth replacing these on a regular basis, as sharp grit can become trapped in the surface of the felt and cause damage if furniture is dragged across even the toughest wood flooring Somerset has to offer. One of the best ways to avoid damage from heavy footfall areas, such as hallways and around sofas or tables, is to use strategically-placed rugs or runners. Again, these can gather grit and dust, so shake them outside regularly or vacuum them to avoid debris from being walked onto your Somerset flooring.
In fact, it’s a great idea to ensure you add a mat both inside and outside any exterior doors that open up onto your wooden floor. Ask family members and guests to wipe their feet before entering: this will prevent grime and gravel from being trodden in from the great outdoors. Use specially designed hardwood floor mats in areas where water may routinely splash onto the floor – around sinks, for instance. Not just any mat will do: avoid those with rubber backs, for instance, that can trap moisture underneath. And speaking of liquids, spillages of any type should be mopped up and any dampness dried off with a microfibre cloth. This way, you can avoid difficult-to-remove or sticky stains. But what cleaning fluid should you use? Well, certainly avoid harsh chemicals such as ammonia. Always consult your floor fitter for the best product to use. A specialist hardwood floor cleaner should be used monthly to keep your wood flooring Somerset looking great. In the meantime, it’s important to keep on top of the everyday dust that accumulates in any home, but can be especially noticeable on a wooden floor. Dust daily with a dry, microfibre cloth and then once a week, get the vacuum cleaner out, using the soft bristled brush attachment to prevent damage from the rollers.
In short, look after your Somerset flooring in these ways a
nd it will look after you. It will provide you and your family with many years of stylish and comfortable living before you need to consider calling out a floor sanding Bristol service!