These tips are both easy and quick to implement, resulting in a beautiful hardwood floor that lasts for several years.

Hardwood floors remain high fashion due to their rich, natural beauty that is timeless yet, at the same time, functions perfectly within the 21st-century style.

In addition, wood flooring is seen to be hypo-allergenic, healthy, free of volatile organic compounds, and will last for many years (if not forever) with the right kind of care.

The following tips will ensure a visually appealing hardwood floor:

  1. Clean the floor by regularly removing abrasive dust and dirt to avoid harm to the surface. Use a gentle implement such as a dust mop or a soft-bristled broom, or a vacuum cleaner with a special hardwood floor attachment. Immediately wipe up any spills to prevent water damage and staining to the wood or finish.
  2. Damp mop the surface using a minimal amount of water, Do not soak the wood as if you clean too wet this can negatively affect the floor as damp is the way to go. Damp mop hardwood floors using plain water or better with a specialized hardwood floor cleaner. When using any chemicals, always proceed with caution and first check whether they are prohibited by the floor’s warranty.
  3. Protect the floor’s surface from scuffs and scratches by buffering the legs of heavy or frequently moved furniture pieces with felt pads. Place doormats at the front and back doors and hardwood-friendly rugs (no rubber backing) in areas where there is a lot of traffic.
  4. Climate control is crucial, which is why humidity levels need to be managed and extreme temperatures guarded against. Try using a dehumidifier to safeguard the flooring. If you do not have climate control then engineered wooden floors are recommended as they are 70% more stable that a full solid and can have an equal lifespan as a full solid depending on the thickness of solid top-face above the tongue
  5. Even out the wood. Solid hardwood is susceptible to “cupping”, which can be caused by the absorption of moisture from humid air or other sources. When this happens, sanding may be necessary.
  6. Patching may be needed if the wood has been badly damaged in one spot. It may also be advisable to remove a board and replace it.
  7. After sanding, any trace of dust should be removed in order to refinish or stain the surface. These add colour and protect the floor.

Acknowledgement and thanks are given to and Steven Suntups (FloorworX) for the information contained in this article.