Timber flooring is a popular choice of flooring for many types of houses. It gives your home a rustic, natural feeling that can last for many years to come. Regardless of material, timber is a durable and versatile option for flooring. Without proper maintenance, however, the life length of the floor might be shortened by many years. To make sure you get the most out of your timber floor, it's important that you know about how to take care of your floor.
The most important thing when caring for your timber floor is to think about how you're cleaning it. Vacuuming is no problem, but when mopping the floor, you should be careful. Timber floors are sensitive to moist and aggressive cleaning products. Try to limit the times you mop the floor using a wet mop. Dust mopping can help you get rid of most dirt that accumulates on your floor. If you do have to wet mop, however, you should mop carefully with products that are marked that they can be used on timber floors. It's very important you don't use acidic products on your floor, such as vinegar, as this might eat through both the protective coating and the wood.
To prevent scratching, you should use protective mats under all of your furniture. You don't have to buy an entire carpet, but you can attach small pieces of mat under the legs of the chairs and tables to protect the floor. If you have pets, you should make sure you cut their claws as often as possible so that they don't scratch the floor unnecessarily.
You should recoat your floor as soon as it shows signs of wear. Don't wait until you can see the bare wood underneath. This can allow dirt and moist to get in under the protective coating and cause staining from underneath, even when you have recoated the floor. If this happens, you will need to sand the floor before recoating it, which is both time-consuming and expensive.
If you have a lot of potted plants, you should make sure not to put them directly on your timber floor. As you water the plants, moist could accumulate underneath the pots and damage the floor. Make sure you put all plants on top of something that gets them at least a little bit off the ground and can allow air to circulate underneath the pot. Also, make sure to wipe up any spillage of water immediately when you're watering your plants.