Caring for Wood Floors

7th October 2018
caring for wood floors

Caring for wood floors to ensure your home stays looking immaculate!

So you’ve had your beautiful new floor installed and it looks immaculate. However, wood is a natural product and it’s inevitable that you will have marks and signs of wear soon after having it installed. Although these marks add to the natural beauty of the product and over time and will add character to the wood markings, there are some things you will need to do to ensure that you don’t cause any major damage to your new floor. That’s why caring for wood floor should be something that you have in mind on a daily basis.

Use a doormat

Once you’ve had your floor installed, invest in some mats by each doorway. This will prevent visitors from treading stones and grit into the house and marking the floor unnecessarily. You could also bring in moisture on a wet day and this could make your floor slippery. When you buy mats make sure that you use a rubber backed or similarly dense material which could end up causing more damage by trapping moisture between the mat and the floor. You should also protect your floor from getting wet by using a wet mop or cloth to clean your floor.

Keep it dry

Make sure anything you use on the wood does not leave moisture behind. If you spill drinks make sure that you clean it up immediately. The best thing to use to clean your floor is either a damp cloth or a dry cloth with a spray. We also have a few people who have come into our shop who’s floor has been damaged because they have a cleaner who doesn’t know how to properly clean real wood, using bleach or detergent with a wet mop. Therefore if you aren’t cleaning the floor yourself, make sure they know how to clean the floor properly. Wood floors shouldn’t actually need detergent – there are many products out there which remove dirt and bacteria which don’t use detergents including ‘Eco Cloth’.

Don’t move furniture

One of the other complaints we get is that a floor has been damaged by furniture or a large item being moved which has caused a deep scratch. To avoid this, never ever drag furniture around. Put felt pads on the feet of sofas, tables and any other furniture. Don’t walk on the floor with stilettos and check that your vacuum cleaner (if on wheels) hasn’t got any sharp edges. If you have babies and toddlers that are just learning to walk, you could find that they are pushing furniture or small items to enable them to walk so make sure you give them plastic walkers instead. In addition, don’t use tile or vinyl cleaning products as they can contain harmful chemicals.

Don’t use abrasives

If you have a spill or mark, don’t ever use wire wool, scourers or anything abrasive as this will cause damage that may be difficult to rectify.

Use rugs

There will be areas of your floor that will get heavy wear, this includes the area next to the kitchen sink, and also the area just in front of chairs and sofas. Put rugs down here to avoid any heavy wear. If you have direct sunlight shining on one part of your wooden floor, over many years it can cause some discolouration. This is more common in hot, sunny countries but here in Scotland (unfortunately) we don’t get long periods of sunlight over the course of a year. However, if it’s something you’re worried about then you could put up blinds.

Beware of pets

Finally, pets can cause scratches so make sure you trim their nails to avoid any deep scratches.

When it comes to caring for wood floors, follow these simple steps and your hardwood floors will stay beautiful for many, many years

To get a quote on any real wood flooring species, whether its carpet, laminate, vinyl, solid hardwood or engineered wood, contact us today.

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Customer Reviews

Jim Hillier 1st June 2022

Absolutely Delighted with the Conduct and Quality of Work. My Wife and I decided to replace our Bedroom Carpet and lay down wooden flooring for our Hall. We noticed that there was a possible supplier for flooring at first floors shop on Fenwick Road. We met up with David and Graham and explained that we were looking for quality products for both Items. We were shown flooring possibilities from their extensive range of designs and thicknesses and soon found a product that we were interested in. We were delighted to find out that they had carpet selections at the back of the shop which surprised us; you could not appreciate the size of the place from the shop front! We chose a carpet that we thought met our specifications and were given a reasonable sized sample to take home to see how it would look in our room taking into account of our particular lighting conditions. First Floors sent out a guy to take measurements for floor, accessory fittings and carpet.
Being very happy with the proposition given to us and estimates of work completion dates and prices we went ahead with the order. Graham kept us updated with the schedule and I am happy to say that the work was carried out on time and was completed to a very high quality with which we were both delighted with.
I would be happy to reference this company for anyone who is interested in upgrading their floors or replacing carpets.

Alastair Barrie 2nd June 2022

Good selection, service and fitting.We were able to take home some samples to select the carpet that was just right for our room. There was a delay in our furniture arriving and First Floors were very accommodating in putting our fitting date back to suit. The fitting went very well indeed - couldn’t have been easier.

Olive Leitch 1st May 2022

Excellent service from First Floors. All staff including fitters have been helpful and gave a friendly professional service. My new stair carpet has been fitted very well and already received many complements

Linda McBrearty 27th April 2022

Excellent service with care. On our first visit to the showroom, David advised and helped us with our choice but never rushed us and gave us lots of confidence in making our final choice of engineered wooden flooring. Our new build home was delayed for a few months and during this time David and his team waited patiently with us until the flooring was able to be fitted! The fitting throughout our new house was more than excellent. The care and attention to detail was everything we could have hoped for, our thanks to the fitting team. We would have no hesitation in recommending First Floors, their professionalism and customer service was 100%.

Anna Smylie April 2021

Fantastic service. David gave me great advice on which flooring would be most suitable for my business premises. Within the week Steven came to fit the flooring and, as promised, was in and out in a day. Can’t recommend this local Company enough. Anna Smylie ZuZu Giffnock.

Dawn Henry November 2021

We recently purchased engineered oak flooring and carpets from First Floors. The customer service from David and team was exceptional. We had just moved home from overseas and bought a house with no floors so we did not have access to allow First Floors to measure. Theye allowed us to use our own measurements as we wanted the floors laid ASAP once we had the keys. The floor is beautiful and laid very professionally (thanks Steven). The carpets are also lovely and exactly what I wanted. The only thing I would change about the experience would be to have First Floors assess the house in advance. We have fire doors which were a problem the day the carpets were laid. This was not the issue of First Floors and it was resolved quickly. Thanks again David, we would highly recommend First Floors to anyone.

Ian and Lesley Proctor January 2022

Another Great Job Done!!
Just had our third floor project in seven years completed by First Floors once again.
Great service from David and his showroom team from assisting in the selection of materials through to arranging the installation. Chris and his team worked tidily and efficiently on the hardwood flooring with great attention to detail. Gordon who fitted the stair carpet was very professional in his work and was able to resolve some problematic details to our entire satisfaction.
Would definitely recommend First Floors.

Gavin Reid 18/08/20

We recently had First Floors install laminate flooring in our lounge and hallway and are absolutely delighted with the final result! It has been finished to a high standard with great attention to detail.

Having had a rough idea of what we were looking for, David helped find the perfect flooring for both rooms.

We were booked in quickly and kept informed throughout the process.

We would definitely recommend and use again.

Christine Sharp 23/08/20

Wee have recently had a new laminate floor laid in our upstairs hall. We are very happy with the result and feel the level of workmanship and finishing detail was excellent

Chris Milne 30/08.20

Excellent service from first point of contact. Staff took time to discuss and review options, then worked to suitable timescale based around my schedule.
Work completed on time and to a very high standard, delighted with results.