How To Protect Hardwood Floors From Scratches, Spillages And Scuffs

Minimise Scratches On Your Hardwood Flooring

No matter the price point or durability of your hardwood flooring, there is an unavoidable fact that many floor owners fail to recognise – ALL hardwood flooring scratches. Hardwood is liable to scratch, even in the most careful of homes. However, there are measures you can tack to keep scratches to a minimum while expanding the lifespan of your hardwood.

There are small practical changes that can be made to the surroundings of the hardwood floor. Namely, adding protective felt pads to furniture, avoiding wearing shoes around the house, avoiding chairs which have rollers etc. In essence, anything that’s likely to corrode or add grease to the floor, keep its exposure at a minimum.

Regular cleaning will also avoid hardwood floor scratches. Dirt and grit can eat away at the pristine nature of hardwood flooring and get under and nooks and crannies. Regularly clean with a dedicated hardwood cleaner, or take a look at our floor care section for further information.

Keep an eye on your furry friends, too. If they have sharp nails and claws, the floor could pay a price. Add rugs and beds for them to lay on when in the room to minimise the contact they have with the hardwood floor. Engineered wood flooring is also widely recognised as the best hardwood flooring for dogs.

How To Protect Hardwood Floors Against Spillages

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.

Can You Get Scratches Out Of Hardwood Floors?

DIY wood floor scratch repair is possible although we’d recommend that you approach it with caution. Without the proper knowledge, you could end up causing more harm than good. However, one way to reduce and remove scratches from wood is with a combo of olive oil and baking soda. Following a thorough clean and vacuum, apply olive oil-moistened baking soda to particularly affected areas. Leave it to breathe for 5 minutes before gently buffing the area with a soft appliance such as a sponge. This is one method which can help with your scratches, although the most effective way to get scratches out of hardwood flooring is to consult our floor care guides or to contact experts.

Keeping Floor Traffic To A Minimum

Hardwood flooring is exceptionally popular due to its durability and adeptness at shrugging off regular levels of floor traffic and impact. When we talk about protecting hardwood flooring against scratches and scuffs, however, it is abnormal wear and tear that we need to keep an eye on.

Whether it’s heavy-handed children hitting the ground with their toys, or a busy family gathering, an exceptional amount of impact poses a risk to the integrity of the flooring. Be vigilant and keep traffic as regular as is possible in order to maximise the lifespan of your hardwood floor.

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