Woodline Parquetry Solid Engineered Flooring – Flooring Mistakes to Avoid

Solid engineered wood flooring like our range of ‘Woodline Parquetry’ can be an integral part of your home.  It adds elegance and warmth to a room, and it is versatile in that homeowners can add stains for changes in colour or top with a chic rug for a softer feel.

Many homes that have wood flooring can use this as a selling point, and buyers pay high prices for wood floors that are in good condition. Wood flooring problems are usually unexpected and most often preventable. There are things we fail to pay attention to which can lead to damage of our wood flooring.

Enjoy and maintain your solid engineered wood flooring in your home and use these tips to avoid common wood flooring care mistakes.

Take preventative measures
In floor care a lot of attention is placed on protecting floors against outside contaminants and making sure everyone in the home is aware of floor-friendly practices. Preventative measures should be taken, such as placing good well sized doormats inside and outside entrances, preventing dirt and grit that cause unnecessary wear to the floor. In addition to entry ways, be sure to place mats in any areas where water may be splashed such as near a sink or tub. Sometimes, furniture and chair legs can get overlooked as potential sources of floor damage. Unprotected furniture can still grind grit and debris into your floor’s finish. Greater concern for scratches and gouges comes from heavier pieces of furniture. For another added layer of hardwood floor protection, protective pads should be added under the legs of every piece of furniture that comes in contact with your hardwood floor.

Don’t use abrasive cleaning products
When it comes to wooden floors, certain cleaning products and chemicals should be avoided. If your floor has a coat of sealant or lacquer or is unfinished, you should use different cleaning products accordingly. Cleaning products that are applied too liberally in spots can absorb into wood, causing swelling and an uneven look over time.  Do not pour cleaning product directly on floor.  It may be tempting to create a puddle of cleaner and spread it out over your floor but this approach can have the same effect as using too much water when cleaning. Don’t use vinegar, ammonia, normal floor wax, wood floor polish, furniture sprays, oil soaps, silicone, 2-in-1 cleaners, lots of water or a dirty mop. Not only will they damage the hardwood, but a few will even void the warranty on your floor.

Don’t use aggressive cleaning tools
Do not use steam mops on your hardwood floor, the use of water in all its forms, including steam, on your wood floor should be limited. The high heat from some steam mops can also serve to thermally break down your floor’s protective layer over time. Use minimal amounts of cleaning products on your floors, and always use soft towels to wipe up any spillage.

Take note of your pet’s bad habits
Animals can cause a lot of damage to wood floors, whether from an accident that is left untreated or from long nails that can cause scratches and dings. Clean up any spills or accidents as soon as they happen to prevent warping and stains. As urine sits and decomposes, it becomes more alkaline and more corrosive and eventually you have the equivalent of undiluted ammonia burning through your finish and into your wood. Keep your puppy’s toenails clipped and wipe the sand and grit off their feet when they come in from outside.

Don’t wear shoes indoors
High heel shoes can cause denting in hardwood. It is wise to leave high heels at the door and make sure that they are always in good shape. Damaged high heels can quickly become a chisel on your wood floor. Dirty or wet shoes can also cause the floors to warp and shift, so the best option is to simply walk barefoot or in socks when walking on the hardwood.

Be aware of moisture and its effect on wood
Wood floor problems caused by moisture are usually avoidable. Moisture is woods best friend and woods worst enemy. Both excessive moisture and too little moisture result in more wood flooring problems than any other cause. Excessive moisture will make wood flooring boards swell, causing crowning. The same can be said for not enough moisture in a space, making the boards shrink and “cup”. Wood is a natural material that responds to moisture as a part of the environment. It is a natural characteristic of wood to expand as it takes on moisture and to contract as it loses moisture. Once installed, the environment needs to be controlled to prevent excess gain of moisture and excessive loss of moisture.

Regularly arrange rugs or furniture
Exposure to the sun and its UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of wood and fabrics. This causes the stain and/or wood to fade and/or change colour, which is a natural phenomenon in wood. It is recommended that you rearrange rugs and furniture periodically so the floor ages evenly.

The beauty of solid wooden flooring is that it will look good for a very long time with a little bit of care.

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