19 June 2014

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Hardwood flooring is a beautiful addition to any home, and one which is a consistently popular choice amongst homeowners. Hardwood flooring can completely revitalise whatever room you have it fitted in, instantly adding a touch of class and style. They can also add considerable value to your home, as they are considered a must have by many people looking to purchase a property.

Hardwood flooring is a worthwhile investment, which will last for years to come, as long as you treat them with care and properly maintain them. By following a few simple tips, you can ensure your hardwood floors retain their original beauty and appeal, saving yourself work in the long run.

Be wary of moisture

Hardwood flooring is still very much a living material, and because of this it reacts to the environment around it. Excessive amounts of moisture can cause your flooring to swell and cup, so it is vital to be wary of moisture. A slightly damp mop can be used to clean hardwood surfaces, but no more than this. If a liquid gets spilled on your flooring, be sure to clean it up as soon as possible, to avoid any moisture soaking into the wood.

Refrain from placing potted plants directly in contact with your flooring, even if they are placed on waterproof saucers. Condensation can develop under these and damage your flooring. To avoid this, place your plants on trivets or stands, so that air can circulate underneath.

Sweep or vacuum regularly

To avoid the build-up of dust, dirt, grit, or other things that could cause scratching, sweep or vacuum your hardwood flooring on a regular basis.

If you choose to sweep, try to use a broom with soft bristles or a dust mop. When using a vacuum, try to turn off the beater bar if possible, as this can cause damage to your hardwood flooring. If you cannot turn off the beater bar, consider using an attachment with a softer upholstery nozzle.

Choose your cleaning products carefully

Never use standard household cleaning treatments such as furniture polish on hardwood flooring, as this can cause the surface to become slippery, leading to falls, as well as dulling the finish. Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines and use their recommended cleaning products to ensure your hardwood flooring doesn’t lose its finish.

We will be covering a number of other tips for maintaining your hardwood floor in part 2 of this blog series.