Your brand hardwood floor has been installed and finished, so what's there left to do?
Thankfully, not much. The beauty of oak flooring, like every hardwood flooring, is you will only need some simple care and maintenance to look after it and keep it in great condition for decades to come.
Choose the Right Finish
One of the most important things that you need to do, even before your flooring is installed, is selecting the most appropriate finish to suit your house. After all, not everyone will want the same look from their floors or have the exact same level of action in their home, all which affect which finish you should choose.
For example, a lacquer finish will give your flooring anything from a set matt to a high gloss finish, depending on what is chosen, and is very easy to care for. An oil finish, on the other hand, will give your floor a much more natural"saturated in" look that tends to leans towards a matt appearance and can be quite easily patch repaired should the demand arise.
Protect Your Hardwood Floor from Furniture
Aside from pets and particular footwear, the most common cause of marks and scratches on solid pine flooring is furniture. Whenever large pieces of furniture and intentionally or unintentionally moved, they could leave a permanent mark. Even something as straightforward as getting up from a chair can scratch your floors if done without maintenance. To prevent this from occurring, invest in certain felt covers for the base of your furniture. These affordable bits of felt readily adhere to the bottoms of tables, chairs, and sofas, giving a gentle buffer between your furniture and the floor. It should go without saying that if you're moving any heavy pieces of furniture in a room with hardwood floors, you ought to lift it instead of dragging it around the floor.
Know How To Properly Clean Solid Oak Flooring
Cleaning solid walnut flooring couldn't be any easier and certainly will go a long way in maintaining your hardwood flooring in good shape. The very first step would be to sweep the ground using a brush to remove dirt and dust every couple of days or so depending on the level of footfall within the room. It is also possible to do this step using a vacuum cleaner but be sure you have an proper hardwood flooring compatible attachment until you do so, otherwise, you can scratch the finish.
To get a deeper clean, you can even mop your wooden floors once each week or so but be careful to use a damp mop and never a wet one.