Below are some of the mistakes that people frequently make when it comes to wooden floors:
- Not sweeping frequently – if you want to preserve your expensive Quick Step Eligna wooden flooring, then the number one tip you want to follow is to frequently sweep your floors. Not only will this ensure that your floors look clean all the time, but it also ensures that your flooring is guarded against unnecessary scratches from an accumulation of abrasive dust and debris. By preventing your floors from getting scratched, and eventually dulled, you prolong their lifespan (and save yourself from wasting money on costly repairs).
- Vacuuming the wrong way – almost all the vacuum cleaners you buy nowadays come with an assortment of attachments. These are catered for different purposes in cleaning, both because they make the job easier, and also because they prevent any damage to a specific material or object. When it comes to wooden flooring, you want to avoid any possible scratching and gouging out of floors with the wrong attachment. Use the attachment that comes with soft brushes – it is often called the hardwood brush.
- Mopping your floors – the common advice that you might have learned from your parents – or any other elders – is to wash your floors with a mop after vacuuming to clean them. Such ideas are contradictory to the nature of timber flooring. As experts and trusted wooden flooring suppliers will relentlessly warn you, you have to protect your flooring from moisture if it is made out of wood. There is a reason why wooden constructions outdoors are quick to rot and warp if they are not coated with the proper water repellents (which are not 100% effective, mind you). Accordingly, you should take steps to avoid excess moisture on your wooden floors, and that makes mopping the worst way to clean your floors. Instead, stick to a damp rag or mop to wipe your flooring (instead of washing them).
- Not attending to spillage – as you read previously, moisture can harm wood. Spills, in addition to harming the floor with moisture, can also stain the floor permanently if not attended to quickly. Therefore, make sure to quickly wipe any spills; if you need to wash the floor for more obnoxious spills, make sure that you properly dry the floor afterwards (with a dry rag that is).
- Wearing inappropriate shoes – if you have visited any museums or similar venues with wooden flooring, you might have seen boards or have been told by the attendants that high heels should be removed. Stilettos and other similar high heels with small, pointy heels especially, concentrate the pressure into one small point. Since wooden flooring is soft, it is easily indented and damaged by such types of footwear. Stick to the advice and avoid wearing your heels indoors.