Elegant and warm, wood is a classic choice for flooring. If properly cared for, it can last a lifetime.

As explained by WikiHow, the key is a regular cleaning routine.


 

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 Sweep regularly

Tiny particles of dirt and debris can dull or scratch wooden floors when tracked through your home. Sweep your floors often to remove any fragments that can reduce the life of wood flooring.

Vacuum technique

Sweeping your wood flooring with a broom is softer and far less damaging to its surface. It’s important when vacuuming to use the correct hardwood attachment, which is uniquely designed to be gentle on wood and laminate flooring.

Forget mopping

Saturating your wood flooring can cause moisture to leak into the wood fibres, causing the boards to warp and swell permanently. If your wooden floors need to be thoroughly cleaned, a barely damp cloth would do the job.

Cleaners

Always be wary about the cleaners that you use, as some can cause damage and strip the finish off the floor. Whether you choose wood or laminates, such as those found at http://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/laminate-flooring.html, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines.

Avoid any cleaner that contains ammonia or vinegar, as highly acidic solvents can etch or dull the flooring over time.

Footwear

High heels, spikes and other sports shoes can cause serious damage to your flooring, and can track harmful dirt across your floors. When home, it’s best to leave your shoes at the door to avoid scuffs and scratches.

 

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 Pets and furniture

Remember to keep pet claws short and smooth, as long nails can scratch floor boards.

Attach felt pads to the bottom of sofas, tables and chairs to stop scuffs and scratches when furniture is used or moved. If you do move furniture, always be sure to lift rather than push it across the floor.

Rugs

Placing rugs in your home can protect the flooring, particularly in high traffic spaces such as entryways and hallways.

Doormats are also important, as they catch dust and other debris.

A care schedule

Regular maintenance is required for wood flooring to keep its shine and durability. As well as cleaning, sanding and recoating your flooring with finish every 5 years, adding a protective coating of wax annually can ensure your flooring lasts for generations.

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