Extend the Life of Your High-Traffic Wood Floors

Male hand cleaning and rubbing an hardwood floor with a microfiber cloth.

If you have hardwood floors installed for high traffic areas in your home or business facility, you are already in the right path. Wood flooring is an excellent option known to withstand high foot traffic because of the strength and durability of its all-natural material. Additionally, the look of hardwood floor as it ages could add character to your space.

 

However, that does not mean that you should not take proper care of your wood floor, because if you don’t take care of it, you’ll see premature distress and aging. And when that happens, you’re probably going to need a replacement earlier than expected.

 

The best way to extend the life of your high-traffic hardwood floors is by having routine maintenance performed. Check out these easy to follow tips:

  1. Choose the right kind of cleaner for your wood floor. Before you apply anything on your floor, make sure that it’s safe and that it won’t cause any damage to the floor. If you’re unsure, test the cleaner on a small area of the floor that is can be concealed by furniture.

 

  1. Do not use a soaked mop or a damp sponge as these can be bad for your wood floors. Excess water can easily pool up on a floor and actually cause damage to its surface.

 

  1. Pay extra attention to those high traffic areas. As they are more exposed to dirt, dust, and other debris you would have to clean them more often and use more effective supplies and tools for cleaning them.

 

  1. Invest In mats, rugs, and other protectors. Using rugs and mats in entry ways can help a lot in catching dirt from shoes. This will also help prevent the wood to be overly worn.

 

  1. Avoid sliding large furniture across the floor. If possible, lift the items or use hand trucks. Doing so will protect your hardwood floor from scratches.

 

  1. Use protectors under the legs of your tables and chairs to keep them from damaging your floor.

 

  1. If you have waxed floors, know that you will have to do maintain this kind of surface over time. Wax acts like a protective coating to your floor’s surface but that does not mean it will do its job forever. One more thing to remember is that you should not over-wax your hardwood floors. Before you apply wax, see if some buffing can do the trick and bring the floor to a good shine.

 

Because you have invested a lot on those amazing hardwood floors, it is only right that you want it to last as long as possible. We hope the tips we gave you can help! If you want to know more about wood floors, visit or call Tony’s Flooring Centre and learn a lot from our flooring experts!