The Education Centre: How to Maintain Solid Wood Flooring

The beauty and durability of solid wood floors make them one of the best choices a homeowner can make deciding on new flooring. As they’re such an investment, it’s important to take care of them so they stay in great condition for many years to come. Real wood floors can become damaged if care isn’t taken to protect them from environmental threats and daily wear and tear.

We also have detailed information on how to care for a lacquer finished or oil finished solid wood floor depending on your choice of finish.

How to keep your hardwood flooring clean

The most common threat to your flooring is the dirt that can scratch and dull the surface. The solution here is regular cleaning with a broom and vacuuming. Besides protecting the floors of your home or business setting, regular cleaning is also advised, keeping your solid wood flooring looking its best.

How to deal with stains on hardwood

Hardwood can be stained by materials such as ink and wine. While dried stains may need sanding, a fresh spillage can be dealt with there and then using hardwood floor cleaner or mineral spirits. Damp the affected area and allow to soak. However, it’s important that you don’t use excess water, as this may lead to swelling. For the same reason, avoid allowing standing water to stay in place on the wood. Always mop it up quickly.

How to keep your solid wood flooring dry

Water is a particularly potent threat to hardwood floors because it can cause warping (which is where the wood can bend, twist and bow out of shape and can cause the boards to list slightly in some cases), so spills should be cleaned up straight away to prevent them seeping into the surface.

Make sure you use only a slightly damp mop when mopping floors. It is also a good idea to keep mopping to a minimum. Instead, regular sweeping with a soft-bristled broom will keep your hardwood floor dirt-free.

How to protect your hardwood flooring from furniture

Scratches and marks from furniture legs can be problematic to solid wood flooring. Fortunately, it’s easy to guard against scuffs and scratches with felt furniture tips that are available at most home improvement stores. These tips are attached to furniture with a built-in, non-damaging adhesive, and they cushion the parts of the furniture that are in direct contact with the floor.

Top tip:Even with the felt tips, it’s always best to lift furniture when moving it instead of dragging it across the floor, just to be safe.

Area rugs are often a feature in rooms with wood flooring, but like furniture they can scratch the floor if they slide around too much. Therefore, it’s always recommended that no-skid pads be used with the rugs. These rubber backings both protect the floors and prevent the rugs from sliding around and causing people to trip and fall.

How to prevent fading

Direct sunlight on your hardwood floors can cause fading and discolouration overtime, so care should be taken to make sure that no area of the wood floor receives too much exposure where possible. A rug is a good protective solution – rugs also make a great feature for any room so it’s a winner! Curtains and blinds are another great solution.

Please follow the specific manufacturer’s maintenance guidance for your flooring as this can differ between ranges and finishes – these can be found on the individual product detail page, listed as ‘Maintenance guide’ – to ensure your floor stays looking as good as the day you got it.