How to Protect Wood Flooring From Damage

Published by justinedwards on February 7, 2013 - 1:01pm

Wood is a classic darling in interior design. The variety of ranges it supplies regarding its graining, pattern, texture, and color leave most customers clueless of where to begin.

Sometimes, just the horror of owning such beauty in your homes with children who are far from adulthood is enough to hinder you from even trying. Numbers and logics swamp your brain with the cost and methods required to maintain this flooring material, and you think it’s not even worth it.

Take it from those who already own hardwood; they’re not at all difficult to care for – a relieving news for you if you are neither a nature lover nor an obsessive compulsive person. The most basic principle there is to keeping costs low and your spouse happy is this: prevention.

The Special Equipments You Need

Unless you use your own unique gadgets to clean your house, you have the basic equipments your hardwood will need in order to stay in shape. You are not demanded to purchase anything new except for special oils and coatings that will retain the layer of your wood’s defense against water spills. Your next task now is to be mindful of how to clean them properly to keep those floors up to their maximum beauty.

Carpets and Mats

If you have a big house inhabited by a lot of people or is an occasional headquarters for your children and their friends, carpets and mats are essential.

Identifying the places people go to the most and the corridors frequently travelled. Got them? These call for carpets to prevent the numerous shoes rapping against your hardwood from earning scratches.

The same goes for your front and backdoors. Dirt, mud, sand, or stones stuck on the soles of shoes have to be filtered by mats to avoid damage.

Do not be too reliant on carpets and mats, however, because dirt do build up and sink beneath them, and they may be your next problem.

Sweep Away

I am sure this is already a part of your daily routine. Take note that your broom is not hard bristled. If it is, buy a new one.

Vacuum

Make sure you vacuum at least once a week, and that you do not overdo it. Similar with a broom, use soft bristled brushes that will not damage the surface of your flooring.

Water

This is probably your biggest adversary, as it can cause the ugliest and most obvious of stains in your wood flooring.

Never use a wet mop, and by all means, wipe the spilled orange juice of your guests as soon as possible. If not, the water has the tendency to wear out your wood. Later, it will form dark spots.

You may be using reclaimed or antique wood flooring, which is known to be more durable due to its age, but it is not an excuse to treat it any differently. Nature enthusiasts, especially, will be mad at you for maltreating this salvaged material.

This is the reason why water is initially used to check if the floor needs repair, depending on its response to two tablespoons full of water. An unhealthy floor would absorb the water and the area will darken within minutes. Otherwise, the water will only form like beads.

Forget Scrubbing

This traditional way of removing that nasty stain you hate seeing every time you enter your bedroom is extremely ineffective and lethal for your hardwood.

Scrubbing removes the protective layer of your flooring, making it more vulnerable to further damage.

Do not get stressed out or panicked all at once if you finally realized why your floors look the way they do now. You can always reapply wax to return its defense.

Still beating yourself with that stain? Sandpaper can do the trick for you. Remember to apply a sealer to the area after sanding it.

The Chemicals Ammonia and Chlorine

Exotic hardwood flooring is beautiful by nature especially with its tendency to change hues with age, most usually going from a light red or brown to deeper shades. But if you want them to last long enough to age, never use ammonia and chlorine on them.

These chemicals will discolor your hardwood and ruin your interior like bleach on your favorite suit or dress.

Instead, purchase chemicals made especially for hardwood, and bother to learn the proper way of using them.

Hardwood flooring is a gift from nature. Since the moment you took them home, they have become your responsibility.