Flooring is an important feature for a home and also the most used. In recent times, wooden floors have gained a lot of popularity due to its stunning appearance and also because it is allergy free. But maintaining a wooden floor can be a little strenuous if it is not done in the right way from the very beginning.
Some tips for regular maintenance are given below:
- Have to sweep the surface with a broom or a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust and dirt.
- If you have pets, then you must make sure to brush your pet outdoors in the yard or a balcony as they tend to shed a lot of hair during summer.
- If you have pets or children, it is taken for granted that there will be a lot of spillage. You must make sure to clean the spills immediately as they tend to leave a stain and can even ruin the finish of the hardwood floors. Use a cloth to blot the liquids.
- Try not to use water to clean the wooden floors; excess water can result in expanding or splitting your wooden floors. Never throw a bucket of water on a wooden floor for cleaning.
- Never leave puddles of water. Use a damp cloth for mopping the floor. If there is excess water be sure to take a dry cloth and mop the area immediately.
- Vinegar and black tea are some home-made cleaning agents, but before you use them, make sure that they are approved by the floor manufacturer, if not the warranty can be voided.
- If there is too much damage to the floor, you may have to sand it and then refinish the floors. It is cheaper than replacing the floor, but it is quite a strenuous job.
- Restoring or refinishing your hardwood floors to its original shine can be achieved if the right process is followed. You can opt for natural ways to restore your hardwood floors without having to use harmful chemicals that will do more harm than good.
Prepare the area: Firstly you have to clear out the entire area, mop the floor using 1 part of white vinegar with 10 parts of water. White vinegar is considered to be safe and natural when compared to the chemical based cleaners. Using 180 grit sanding paper sand the entire border of the room. This will help smooth the areas, which a buffer cannot reach. Sand 6 inches outside the base board.
Buff the area: Take a floor buffer and attach a buffing pad to it, don’t forget to put on a mask to avoid breathing in the dust and dirt. Move the buffer across the room towards the wood grain, and move it from side to side. If the buffer is on, make sure to keep it moving and don’t leave it in one place as it can damage the floor. After the buffing is done, wait for a few minutes and sweep the place to remove any powder that is accumulated from the old finish.
Choose the finish: There are a variety of finishes in the market, which tend to have a lot of chemicals in them. You can always go for natural oils that are eco friendly. Linseed oil, jojoba oil and tung oil give out an excellent finish without harming ones health or even the environment.
How to apply the finish: Firstly take a small brush and apply the finish around side the border of the room. Once the outer part is done, you can apply the oil to the rest of the room. Pour oil along the grain of the wood and using a paint roller distribute the oil evenly. Continue till the entire floor is covered and after a 3 hour gap, apply another coat. Give it a week’s time to dry and then move in the furniture.
Wooden flooring is a great option for a home, but minimum maintenance is required to keep it looking like new. With regular sweeping and damp mopping, you can keep it shiny but it is recommended to follow the process of buffing and refinishing the floor once a year or once in two years to keep it from losing its luster.