A good quality wood floor should age beautifully, a bit like a good bottle of wine. To help make sure this is the case, follow these top tips from our expert team.
- Put dirt trapping mats at entrance door ways to minimise damage to your floor finish and avoid unnecessary maintenance - coir mats are the most effective when it comes to catching grit.
- House coir mats in matwells cut into the floor as part of the installation to keep them in place. Edged with matching or contrasting timber these also create an attractive feature and encourage people to use the mat !
- Don't limit yourself to a standard sized mat, Broadleaf offer Coir Matting cut to size so you can have whatever size mat well suits your doorway.
- Use felt pads and castors on chairs, sofa and other items of furniture that move without being lifted to prevent unnecessary scratches to your floor finish.
- Over time light will slowly mellow the tone of your wood floor. Move large pieces of furniture and rugs slightly from time to time to even out this process across the floor and minimise noticeable differences.
- Give your wood floor a bit of regular TLC - follow our simple maintenance guide.
- Don't steam clean your wood floor - whatever it says in the instructions - wood is a hygroscopic material and if you force moisture into it at high pressure you will damage it, even if that damage is not immediately visible. Unfortunately we speak to more and more people who have only seen a problem after the third or fourth time that they have steam cleaned their floor.