Protecting hardwood floors from spillages, scratches and scuffs
With less than a week to go until Christmas we thought we’d put together some more top tips to make sure your wood floor is looking its best over the festive period.
Wood is one of the most resilient, hard-wearing and natural flooring coverings, far outlasting alternatives such as vinyl and laminate. Wood ages beautifully and if properly cared for will last a lifetime. Whether you’re hosting on Christmas day or having people over during the holidays, it’s likely your home will see more visitors than usual and you’ll want your wood floor looking as good as the day it was installed.
Whether a guest spills a glass of red wine or scrapes your floor moving furniture, there are steps to take before potential incidents even happen that will protect your wood floor from long-term damage.
We’ve all heard the age-old remedy of using white wine to get rid of red wine spillages, please don’t try this with your wood floor!
If you spill anything on your wood floor clean it up immediately to prevent damage. We’d suggest using a rag or paper towel to soak up the bulk of the liquid and recommend using a Ted Todd care kit to clean up afterwards. If your floor is finished with a lacquer, UV oil or hardened oil finish, you’ll need care system one. If your floor is finished with natural oil, hardwax oil or restoration oil, you’ll want care system two. Each care system contains different items that are essential for the maintenance and long-term care of your floor.
Once you’ve absorbed the bulk of the spill, fill a spray bottle with 10% cleaner and 90% water and spray a small amount on the affected area, if you need a deeper clean add more cleaner to the solution. Simply spray the solution on the floor, working into any marks with a damp mop. In a well ventilated room, your floor should take around ten minutes to dry.
Prevention is always better than cure so always make sure you protect your floor before spills or scratches happen. We’d recommend using polish to maintain the original seal, making your floor more resistant to stains and ingrained dirt. To apply the polish, start in the corner of the room, spraying the polish and then working it in with a microfibre mop pad. You don’t have to worry about applying the polish evenly as it won’t show when it dries. Once dry, buff gently with a clean microfibre cloth. Alternatively, you can use a buffing machine for very large areas.
Scratches and scuffs
If you’re having a big party over Christmas or even just having people over for dinner, use protective felt or rubber adhesive pads on the bottom of your furniture legs. Guests will inevitably move chairs around and furniture may be rearranged to make more space. One of the last things you’ll want to uncover the morning after a big dinner party is a scratched hardwood floor. These protective pads are great for protecting your wood floors against furniture scraping over it, and a very cheap preventative addition to furniture.
We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to hearing from you in the new year!