Are you ruining your hardwood floors without even realising it?
Hardwood floors have an air of elegance and style that no other material can match. But are you ruining that beautiful floor without even realising it? Maybe. Here’s our list of the key ways people ruin a hardwood floor, often without even knowing.
Not sweeping enough- Dust can’t cause that much damage, can it? Well, you might be surprised. Dust can be pretty abrasive when it’s allowed to build up, and when you combine this with dirt, grit and other rougher particles, you’ve got a recipe for scratching! Giving your wooden floors a good, regular sweep can make the world of difference.
Over-doing the liquid cleaner- Everyone loves a shiny, clean floor, but that doesn’t mean the floor loves your cleaner. Indeed, liquid cleaners can actually ruin a hardwood surface if they’re over-used. Though most modern wood floors have more tolerance than they used to, you should still avoid using liquid cleaner any more than once every 4-6 weeks. Even then, only use a damp cloth or a mop and work on small areas at a time.
Not having a doormat -Should something so small make such a big difference? Maybe not, but it does! If your exterior door leads right onto the hardwood floor, you need a good mat. The mat will act as a buffer between the great outdoors and that lovely, shiny timber surface, keeping all that muck, dirt and grit away.
Using a poor rug pad- Rug pads are a great way to stop your gorgeous rug from sliding all over the floor, but you need to be careful which ones you use. Rubber-backed mats can actually dull the wood’s shine over time, and can even cause discoloration if left for long enough. Ensure you pick a rug mat that’s a combination of felt and rubber.
Wearing high-heels- Make no mistake: high-heels are the enemy of hardwood floors. Stiletto heels are the worst, simply because they’re sharper and burrow into the finish as a result. If you want a lovely, dent-free floor, then leave those heels by the door – on a mat!
Avoiding all the above mistakes will keep your hardwood floor in great condition. As long as you maintain it and ensure it enjoys a good wood floor sanding, it’ll last for years to come. Contact us at The Floor Sanding Co today to see how we can help keep your floors in tip-top condition.