Have you invested in solid wood floors that you feel are losing their shine and lacking the same exuberance they once brought to your home? You’re not alone. You were most likely told that, when investing in your solid wood flooring, it would need TLC to keep it in the most pristine condition possible so it would continue to be the luxurious, classy, strong material it was created to be. Are you noticing that your solid wood floors are anything but that? They’re probably crying out for some TLC, and we’ll tell you how to do it right. Keep on reading to find out more.
What Makes Solid Wood Floors So Special?
Each solid wooden flooring is unique. Also referred to as hardwood flooring, each plank is handcrafted from the finest wood material – you can’t make any two plans the same, unlike other artificial wood flooring alternatives. Some people invest thousands in planks of hardwood flooring crafted from the finest wood in the world – the most notable being Bocote and Lignum Vitae. The cost of the wood will depend on the quality itself, its durability, and the overall luxurious finish.
What Makes It So Precious?
Hardwood flooring is very precious. It’s well-known to be one of the most durable flooring options, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t susceptible to damage and general wear and tear, as is any flooring option. But hardwood flooring needs that extra bit of TLC because the material, as strong and luxurious as it is, will damage more quickly without the correct care and attention. Water damage and scratches are naming just two of solid wood flooring’s vices.
What TLC Does It Need
There are daily steps to give your hardwood flooring the TLC it’s crying out so desperately for; beginning with taking shoes off and putting down protective/aesthetic rugs to protect the flooring. Shoes, especially heels and boots, can create scuff marks and remove some of the protective upper layers. Try to avoid dragging anything hard across the floor where possible – having a living room switch around of furniture can easily create unwanted scuffs if you don’t lift the furniture properly.
Any spills should be wiped up and dried immediately to prevent stains and water damage, and experts recommend that you dust daily to prevent debris from damaging the surface of the wood or dulling the shine. Some people will also tell you to hoover, but the plastic components of a hoover can cause scratches and damage. Instead, use a slightly damp microfiber cloth with a cleaning solution to touch up the surfaces.
Refinishing Solid Wood Floors
Solid wood floors last for over ten years, but well-worn-in solid flooring might need refinishing. Experts recommend refinishing – sanding down the uppermost layer of the flooring and applying fresh stain and lacquer – every 7 to 10 years. It’s the easiest way to remove the build-up of dust, debris, and scratches and start fresh.
Wood floors might be more complex to maintain, but they’re a stunning aesthetic in any home and are an investment. Wood floors are sought-after, and highly professionally crafted wood flooring can increase a home’s market value. If yours looks like it’s needing some TLC, follow the guide above.
Last Updated on June 26, 2023 by Lucy Clarke