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How to Avoid Damage to Wooden Floors


Some Simple Tips to Avoid Damage

  • Don’t clean wooden floors with a wet mop. Using too much water can cause the floor to swell, warp, or even turn grey;
  • Don’t use wax, soap or other household cleaners on wooden floors, that have been coated with a finish, as the detergents can dull the floor’s finish;
  • Don’t let sand, dirt or grit build up. They can act just like sandpaper: abrading and dulling your floor's finish;
  • Vacuum or sweep your floors regularly. Once every week is recommended;
  • Remove spills promptly using your Bona Care Mop and Bona Care Floor Cleaner;
  • Place mats at exterior doors to trap sand and grit. Use rugs in high traffic pathways, at the ends of stairs, and near doorways. Avoid rubber backing or non-ventilated rugs;
  • Use protective pads or caps on your furniture;
  • Trim your pet’s claws. Proper claw trimming helps avoid scratches and gouges;

Floor maintenanceGoing for a quick vacuuming is a great way of cleaning your floor, as long as you remember to use a soft brush attachment, as it will get up all the dirt and won't scratch the floor itself.

In case of spills, you have to act quick. It's crucial to remember not to allow the liquids to settle. Then you can use a soft cloth to swab up the liquid as soon as you can. We advise you to never use a soaking wet mop to clean your hardwood floor, just a slightly damp one.

Of course, you will have to make sure to prevent damage caused by wet and dirty shoes in high traffic areas. Putting down a runner or a rug with absorbent base will pretty much mean that you are all set. The same goes for cleats, high-heeled and hard-bottomed shoes, as they can leave deep scratches on the surface and some protection against them is needed.

What Are The Worst Enemies of Wooden Floors?

  • Grit and dirt - their particles have abrasive qualities and will cause scuffs marks, dents and scratches. Avoid that by placing doormats at the door;
  • Liquids - they may cause your floor to warp and bend out of shape if left unattended for a prolonged period of time. Minimise the risk of such occurances by simply wiping all spills as soon as possible;
  • Cleaners - they can leave a residue that builds up over time and will lead to many problems in the long run. Avoid that by only using specifically formulated cleaners for your hardfloor, and avoid oil soaps;
  • Furniture - never drag your furniture across the floor and install leg protectors, especially in the case of heavy furniture;
  • The sun - direct sunlight may cause discoloration, so consider closing your curtains or blinds;
     



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