Looking After Your Solid Wood Flooring
There are a few quick tips you can follow which can be a handy guide to ensure your floor is always treated well.
- Check the room is suitable before you fit it
- Clean up any spillage as soon as you can
- Don't allow the floor to be subjected to excessive sunlight
- Avoid high heel shoes and pets with long claws
The Practicalities of Having Solid Wood Flooring
A solid wood flooring is lovely and is the type of flooring many people would lust after. However, before you invest in it, you should make sure it is for you. Solid wood flooring isn't a simple as replacing a few slats of laminate or recarpeting a room when things don't go to plan.
For example, solid wood flooring is great for rooms where you're expecting lots of people - so busy hallways and stairs are a great choice. However, it doesn't cope as well with moisture or changes in temperature so it is less practical in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens. Have a chat with the people you're buying your flooring from and they should be able to advise you on this.
If you have gone to the effort of having a wood floor installed, you'll want to make sure it looks perfect! As part of your regular cleaning routine, you should use an oil-based cleaner. This allows the wood to be nourished and ensure the finish of the wood is preserved for as long as possible. Try to always use cleaning products that are specifically for wood flooring as everyday cleaning products can damage the wood or encourage it to fade.
As much as you'll try to avoid it, spillages are bound to happen. If any moisture does get onto your solid wood flooring make sure you clean this up as soon as possible.
There are loads of choices when it comes to wood flooring, so do some research and make sure you choose whatever type of flooring suits your home best!