When it comes to flooring, hardwood is probably one of the most popular options for renovations and improvements at home. But this beautiful material also has many issues that need to be resolved. Before you ditch hardwood flooring and call Dober Floors for carpet installation, read our floor-care guide below and on doberfloors.com.au.
The best way to clean a hardwood floor is to use a microfiber broom or dry mop. This will help avoid adding excess moisture or damaging the surface. It’s essential to know that wood floors buckle, crown and cup when exposed to water. When you wipe up spills, make sure to do it efficiently and quickly. Pay particular attention to the small spaces between wood planks. Though the finish offers ultimate protection to your floor, moisture accumulated under such gaps can be absorbed into the wood, damaging it. Never use steam cleaners to clean your hardwood flooring as well.
Smearing and Smudging
While a high-gloss finish brings a shiny look to your living space, it can also pose many issues to deal with. After a few months of installing, smearing and smudging may start emerging on your hardwood floor. The most effective method to eliminate these stains is to polish the surface on a regular basis. It’s advisable to wipe or clean your flooring daily to avoid these marks and maintain a glossy look. If your family has dogs or cats, they can also leave marks on a shiny floor. In such cases, having a matte finish will be the best solution to minimise the maintenance tasks.
Over time, your hardwood flooring will get dark gradually, which is known as the oxidation process. This issue is more common in those areas that are directly exposed to sunlight. Depending on natural light sources and window locations, oxidation might make the finish of your floor spotted or blotchy. To deal with this issue, keep sun rays from having direct contact with your floor by installing curtains, drapery or blinds.
Noisy and Loose Boards
If you notice squeaky and loud sounds when stepping on your floor, chances are it is installed improperly or lacks subfloors. Are the joists missing the needed blocking pieces or placed sparsely? Did the flooring worker install thin particle boards for your subfloor? Both cases can lead to loosened boards, the most common cause for noises. Examine the subfloors and add adhesive or nail the planks. Install blocking wedges between the joists to prevent them from moving and replace weakened subfloors too. Although these tasks require lots of money and effort, they are the only solution to noises.
Though there are several issues with hardwood flooring, it’s still a beautiful and durable choice for your home. Benefits far outweigh problems such as oxidation, smudging or noisy subfloors. So have a regular maintenance schedule to keep it in top condition.