How To Maintain Wooden Flooring
Despite the presence of other types of flooring in the market today such as tile, linoleum, rubber, asphalt and vinyl, there are still a lot of consumers who prefer wood floorings. In fact, there are still many housing developers that offer units with wooden floors because they reckon that these are durable, has a fairly high resistance to wear and tear and ideal for the home that needs to project the classic touch.
While some consumers may agree, they also think that wood flooring is the most difficult when it comes to maintenance. There are a lot of things that could destroy the wood’s natural texture and buyers are advised of various how-to’s in order to maintain the gleam, shine and resilience of wooden flooring.
First off, it is best to avoid using water in cleaning wooden floors. Water or any water-based cleanser could trigger the wood to rot easily. Wax is still the better alternative. You can choose from natural, red or dye variants. Put the wax on a piece of cloth and apply on the wooden floor areas. This is especially practical to do in heavy foot traffic areas around the home. Apply wax as often as you can in workstation areas, staircases and landings, hallways, kitchen, living room and in other parts of the house which are often occupied and have wooden flooring. You may also want to put a doormat at your front door in order to encourage people to wipe their shoes clean first before they enter. It will also cause lesser amounts of dirt such as mud and sand to be spread out in the house. A shoe rack and spare pairs of slippers can also be placed near the front door. This is especially a good thing to do during the rainy season in order to help maintain the quality of the wood. When installing or moving heavy furniture around the house, meanwhile, put some thick pads on the legs or base of the furniture in order to avoid dimples and dents on your wooden floor. Never drag furniture as this will cause unpleasant lines, traces and scratches. Also, if you have pets that you allow to roam around the house, make sure that their nails are trimmed regularly. Long nails will leave scratches on the wood flooring and may even also cause discomfort for your pets as they walk or prance around the house. If they have just been let out of the house, check their paws and wipe off the dirt on them.
For centuries, wood flooring has been used in many ancient houses and the tradition is still being kept alive until today. With the aforementioned easy tips on maintaining your wooden flooring, you can be sure that the work will be easy as 1-2-3.