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The DOs and DON'Ts of Wooden Flooring

We can all agree that wooden flooring is the superior option for any home. It is hard-wearing, beautiful, available in a variety of colours and can last a lifetime! A wooden floor is a commitment and requires the correct maintenance. With the help of Gus Designs Ltd, a premium construction company in Edgeware who specialise in home design, we’re going to look through some of the do’s, and the do not’s when it comes to hardwood floor.

Dont’s

  • Wet Mop. Letting water stand on the hardwood floor for anything longer than a minute will damage both the finish as well as the wood itself.
  • Use Hot Water. Like the point above, water will damage the wooden floor, and hot water will do this faster than cold!
  • Use Steel Wool. Even if you have a stubborn stain, do not turn to abrasive materials like steel wool as it will marks and scratches to the surface of your expensive floor.
  • Use Vinegar or Ammonia. Both vinegar and ammonia are known as excellent household cleaners, but that does not apply to hardwood floors as they will damage the finish.
  • Wear High Heels. Try to avoid wearing footwear with pointy or sharp soles such as high heels or sports shoes that have studs or spike on the bottom.

Do’s

  • Use Floor Protectors. Adding felt floor protectors to the bottom of your furniture, especially on pieces that are moved around, such as chairs. This will help to avoid scratches.
  • Use Mats. Mats are an excellent way to both protect your floor and reduce its exposure to dirt and water that could have been dragged in from outdoors.
  • Use Gentle Cleaning Tools. Using things such as dry mops are perfect for cleaning your hardwood floor. You can non-damaging floor wipes as well. There are also special cleaners specifically for wooden flooring.
  • Protect From Sunlight. Having your flooring exposed to the sun for long periods can bleach the wood, and if the heat becomes too strong, it can expand and warp the wood. The best way to avoid this is to use your curtains or blinds to prevent prolonged exposure.

If you follow these helpful tips, your wooden floor will last you many years!

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