The proper maintenance of wood flooring is as important as the installation process. Taking care of your wood flooring is the only way to ensure it continues looking great and lasts a lifetime.
In much the same way, engineered wood flooring requires a certain amount of time and attention in order to ensure that it is protected from the elements, and shielded from wear and tear. Continue reading to find out how you can protect your floors.
Use protective furniture pads
Scratches and dents are the most common complaint when it comes to newly installed engineered wood flooring. This can be prevented by applying protective furniture pads to the legs of your tables and chairs. By providing a soft barrier between your furniture and the floor, you reduce the likelihood of coming across any scratches or scuff marks on your brand-new flooring.
It is important to choose protective furniture pads made from a soft material such as felt as opposed to a hard material such as metal. These may erode quicker and inflict more damage to your floor than if you had opted for no protective furniture pads. It may also be worth avoiding your engineered wood flooring when you are wearing heels and trimming your pet’s claws to prevent them from damaging the structural integrity of the wood.
Get a doormat
Doormats are one of the most effective ways of trapping outdoor materials before they make it into your home. By placing a doormat both inside and outside your door, you reduce the risk of any dirt, sand or gravel travelling indoors and scraping your floor.
It may also be worth investing in a non-slip rubber-based doormat. They can trap dirt and dust and absorb any surface water before it makes its way deep into the fibres of your wood flooring.
Sweep and mop regularly
Perhaps the easiest way to regularly maintain your engineered wood flooring is to sweep and mop it on a daily basis. This prevents the gradual build-up of any loose dirt, grime, and pet hair and ensures it retains its shine. You may also use a lightweight or handheld vacuum, but it is important you are not too heavy-handed as this can scratch and dent your wood flooring early on.
How often you attend to your wood flooring depends on how much footfall it is subject to on a daily basis. For example, your kitchen may attract more foot traffic than your hallway.
Clean spills quickly
Responsiveness is just as important as prevention. It is important to clean any spills or leaks as quickly as possible to prevent liquid from seeping into your wood flooring and buckling or warping. Water is the enemy of wood flooring. The best protection against water damage is applying a protective sealant or specialised wood oil during installation to provide a protective barrier from moisture.
Engineered wood flooring is a great addition to your home. It looks and feels great and can transform a house into a home. However, without the right degree of maintenance and upkeep, your new flooring can start to look old and tired. By following these tips, you can prolong the life of your engineered wood flooring and ensure it continues looking brand-new for years to come.
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