9 Things To Never Do To Your Wood Floor

March 9, 2014

Wood floors are made from an organic material that is constantly affected by environment and the maintenance products you apply to them. Well maintained wood floor is an investment and can add value to your home. 

In order to keep your wood floor looking great for years to come, we suggest that you order from ESB’s line of wood floor care products. 

Here are ten things you should avoid doing to your floor.


1. Do not apply cleaning product directly on floor.

Pouring too much  of cleaner and spread it out over the floor can have the same effect as using too much water when cleaning. If you will apply cleaning products too liberally in spots it can be absorb into wood, cause uneven look over time and swelling. 


2. Do not use harsh chemicals and abrasives to clean wood flooring.

Use of any type of wax or silicone base products on your floor, dish washing detergents, oil soaps, powdered all purpose cleaners or ammonia is not recommended. 


3. Do not use hard casters on any furniture directly on your hardwood floor.

Casters can cause isolated wear areas on your floor and increase the frequency of recoat and refinish projects.


4. Do not leave the bottoms of your furniture unprotected.

You should add protective pads under the legs of every piece of furniture that will have a contact with your wooden floor. 


5. Do not use steam mops on your hardwood floor.

 The high heat from some steam mops can serve to thermally break down your floor’s protective layer over time. 


6. Do not wear high heel shoes on wood floors.

High heel shoes can cause denting in hardwood. It is wise to leave high heels at the door and make sure that they are always in good shape. 


7. Do not wait too long between refinish projects.

Re-coating is much cheaper that refinishing/sanding. You should recoat hardwood floors every 4-6 years depending on the traffic and wear. Do not wait until you wear through the finish to the bare wood or sanding may be required.


8. Do not drag have appliances or furniture over your wooden floors.

All heavy furniture should be lifted carefully off of the floor and placed back on the floor once in their new position. Felt pads, furniture straps, and additional assistance are all good ideas when moving heavy objects over wood floors.  


9. Do not let your dog’s nails remain untrimmed

– those nails will ruin your finish and eventually ruin your floors if they remain untrimmed.  

For advice about the best wood flooring for your home feel free to contact the ESB sales team. Contact us now to request your no hassle no obligation free samples or come down to our North London showroom for a closer look. 

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