How to extend the lifespan of your hardwood floors

Hardwood floors can be a massive investment in your home, so you’ll want them to stay in top condition for as long as possible. There are a few factors that can contribute to the ageing of your wooden floor, as well as methods to prevent this. Keep reading to learn more about extending the lifespan of your hardwood floor.

Make Sure it’s Installed Properly

Hardwood floors can last for over a century if they’re installed correctly. On the other hand, they can start to age quite quickly if they’re installed poorly. Installers should consider factors such as humidity and moisture. This will ensure the wood has enough room to expand and contract without damage to the floorboards. At RYANS, we have professional engineers with years of experience installing hardwood floors. We make sure that all of our hardwood floors are installed correctly, making them last for years to come.

Protection From the Get-Go

Having a hard-wearing lacquer applied can help to keep the surface of your wood protected for years after installation. We’ll always apply a surface coating to your wood during the restoration process to help protect your floor for years to come.

Use Rugs to Protect Hardwood Floors

In high-traffic areas such as entrances and hallways, it might be a good idea to protect your wooden floor with a rug. This will prevent dust and debris from damaging the surface of the wood, often tracked in from outside. Rugs can also save your floor from dents and scratches caused by heavy furniture. Not only are they a helpful buffer, but rugs can also beautifully complement your home.

Use Curtains to Prevent Fading

You might not think about it, but UV rays can damage the surface of your hardwood floors. Direct exposure to sunlight can lead to fading over time, creating an uneven look. Curtains or blinds can help to defend your floor against sunlight, making them last longer. This may also benefit other items in your home.

Protect Hardwood Floors From Humidity

Moisture can be extremely damaging to hardwood flooring, especially fluctuations in moisture. Installing a hygrometer can help you monitor the moisture levels in a room. When humidity levels are higher, it might be a good idea to use a dehumidifier to keep your home dry.

As well as external factors such as humidity, direct contact with moisture can be harmful to the surface of the wood. Always make sure to clean up spills promptly, and ensure any leaks are fixed immediately. Never use excessive water when cleaning your hardwood floors, use a slightly damp cloth and wipe the floors dry after cleaning. 

Regular Maintenance

Regular cleaning will ensure that any dust and debris that could damage the wood is removed. As previously mentioned, you should clean your floor with a damp cloth, so as not to introduce too much moisture. 

The protection applied to your wood will wear down over time, whether it be a hard-wearing lacquer or a simple oil finish. Wood floor polish can benefit you here, rejuvenating the floor’s protective layer. Ideally, this should be applied around every 18 months, preventing your floor from becoming damaged by daily wear and tear. 

If you don’t want to keep up with wood floor polishing, you can opt for a deep clean or wooden floor sanding to restore your floor when necessary. Wooden floor sanding will remove the top coating, and a thin layer of the wood if needed. This will remove any imperfections from the wood, giving you a completely new, smooth surface. At this stage, you could also customise your floor with wood stains and a different finish. 

Interested in our wooden floor installation or restoration services? Get in touch with us today by giving us a call on 01823 674562 or by visiting our contact page.