How to increase the longevity of your wooden floor

There are plenty of reasons to install wooden floors in your home. Not only are they stylish and versatile, but they are also known for being durable and long-lasting. Some buildings throughout the UK still have their original hardwood flooring intact.

If you take proper care of your hardwood floor, then you can expect it to last even longer than you may be around to see it, but it is essential to remember that wooden floors can show up wear and tear (not to mention their age) if they are not taken proper care of.

To help you to make the most of the investment that you have made into your house, we have put together our top tips on how to increase the longevity of your wooden floor.

Always have it properly installed

One of the first things you should ensure that you do when it comes to your wooden floor is to install it correctly. A professional wooden floor installation company will consider key aspects such as the humidity and moisture, as well as whether the floor being installed will have enough room to both expand and then contract again.

This can take years to master; therefore, it is something that only expert companies should try and tackle.

Use a rug to protect the floor

Whilst your wooden floor can withstand lots of traffic; this doesn’t mean that you should leave them open to the elements. A great way to protect your wooden floor is to have a rug. Rugs not only look great, but they can also act as a buffer from footfall, dust and scratches.

As well as being placed in areas where people are going to walk, rugs are also great to be used under heavy pieces of furniture, especially if you are concerned that they might dent the floor.

Avoid humidity

The humidity and moisture levels within houses will always change, and it can be hard to monitor and track this. However, you should always be aware that moisture in your home means that it might impact your wooden floor.

If the weather is particularly humid, you need to ensure that your home is as ventilated as possible. If you are concerned about your floor, you could always invest in a dehumidifier, which will help keep the indoor air as dry as possible.

Clean carefully

As well as moisture in the air, direct moisture can also impact your wooden floors. This can cause stains and even lead to the floor itself rotting. If anything gets spilt on the floor, try to clean it up as soon as possible.

The same can be said for cleaning your wooden floor. You should avoid the use of excessive water or cleaning liquids. If you need to apply liquids, you should wipe down the floor as soon as you have finished cleaning.

Even better, we recommend using a dry or slightly damp cloth to clean your floors.

As you can see, there are lots that you can do to try and protect your wooden floor. If you take the time to think about what you are doing, you can expect your wooden floor to stand the test of time and look its best for years to come.