Ensuring Longevity Of Your Wood Floor & Furniture
May 7, 2022
Hardwood flooring is one of the most traditional and long-lasting floor coverings available. Many older structures still have wood floors that were installed over a century ago. Many different factors will influence the longevity of hardwood flooring. In a few years, poorly installed or low-quality wood floors may need to be replaced or refinished. However, properly installed and maintained high-quality hardwood floors will last a lifetime.
Make Sure it’s Installed Correctly
When installed properly, a hardwood floor can last for over a century. Wood floors, on the other hand, can quickly show their age, and if installed incorrectly, their warranty may be voided. To ensure that the floors have enough room to expand and contract, professional installers should consider humidity and moisture during installation. To keep the warranty, they must also strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Protect your Floors with Rugs
Install rugs at the entrances to ensure that guests and residents wipe their feet before walking on your floors. A rug protects the wood from dust and scratches caused by small particles of debris tracked in from outside.
Rugs can also help to protect your wood floors in high-traffic areas by acting as a buffer. Thick rugs look great under heavy furniture and protect your floors from dents, depressions, and scratches.
Keep your Hardwood Floors Clean
Weekly cleaning will show your wood floors some love. Although weekly cleaning may seem excessive, it is necessary for maintaining a healthy shine. Vacuuming and mopping will provide a deeper clean, removing any particles that may have crept in during the week.
Use the bare floor setting when vacuuming. Use a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar attachment or exposed wheels to avoid scratching the finish.
Polish your Floors Monthly
Your hardwood floors should be lightly polished once a month. This will give the finish a new look and functionality. Dust and debris cause microscopic scratches in the finish of hardwood floors. Polish fills in the scratches on the surface for a longer-lasting finish.
It’s important to use wood polish rather than wax because wax can eat away at the wood’s protective layers. Use polish and a light buffering agent or mop instead.
To Avoid Fading, Use Curtains
Hardwood floors can be damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays. Over time, direct exposure can cause fading and an uneven appearance, especially in areas of the room that receive more sunlight. Install curtains or blinds and draw them whenever direct sunlight hits your floors to prevent fading. These covers shield your flooring as well as any other items in your home.
Humidity Protection for Flooring
Wood floors can be damaged by moisture. Avoid moisture — especially moisture fluctuations — in any room with wooden flooring if at all possible. Install a hygrometer to keep track of moisture levels in your home. Keep your house well insulated from the elements and use a dehumidifier to keep your indoor space dry if you live in a humid climate.
Direct water on your floors can exacerbate the problem by causing stains and rot. Always clean up spills and repair leaks in your home as soon as possible. Never use too much water or a liquid cleaning product on your hardwood floors. After you’ve finished cleaning, wipe the flooring dry. Clean your floors with a dry or slightly damp cloth.
Avoid Damage from Furniture
You may not realize it, but the floors can be damaged every time you move or push your chair or other pieces of furniture. Protective pads or gliders are the best way to avoid scratches and further damage.
There are three types of protectors in general. The nail-on or tap-on method is ideal for frequently moved items. Self-adhesive pads for the couch and slip-on pads for frequently moved furniture. Make sure the pads are still in place on a regular basis.