It’s well known that wood flooring adds instant value to your home and it’s easy to see why. It brings an air of sophistication and character to your home, there’s nothing quite like it! Giving warmth and style, solid wood flooring really does have its own unique character that just can’t be matched. However, like anything it does need some of our love and attention to keep it looking as good as the day it was laid, like anything worth having! Despite your gorgeous wood flooring really presenting the wow factor for many of us, it does require maintenance and upkeep. Despite wood flooring being very durable, damage will occur especially after the ten year mark and protecting it starts from day one.
Although there’s the obvious things that damage your flooring such as too much wear or scratches, there are actually a few things that can damage your wood flooring that are niche to this flooring type, things you may not have even thought of. It might be that you have moved into a house with old wood floors, or it has been that long since you had yours installed. Either way, it will be obvious when your wood floors need some good old TLC, and here are some signs that its ready for a makeover and factors you might not realise is damaging it…
Although it’s quite scary that water can damage your wood floors so much since all homes have water, don’t panic. If you’re familiar with flooring, then you’ll know that large abundances of water are a big no when it comes to wood flooring. Don’t worry about the odd splash or spill, this is only the case when lots of it gets on the floor.
Of course, the best way to reduce any water damage is by cleaning up anything as quickly as possible. However, in worse cases water can cause damage, and the only way you can remove this is through sanding down the floors and refinishing them. If you floors are water damaged get to the bottom of the source first!
Scratches and Dents
Sadly, scratches and dents are nearly almost inevitable especially in busy households. However, there are a few things you can do to avoid these best you can.
If you have scratches over a wide are, it’s probably worth redoing the whole area, but if it’s a smaller area or a few planks it might be worth just doing them or swapping them.
This is always easy to spot before it’s too late. Over time, the protective finish will wear off, therefore water damage and stains are more likely to occur. If you catch it quickly, then in most cases refinishing will do the job perfectly, but if you don’t do it quickly then you’ll have no choice but to refinish or replace the floors.
Lots of natural light is something we all want, the issue is that sun exposure can seriously discolour your lovely wood floors!