If you’re fortunate enough to have hardwood floors in the property you’re leasing then you’ll no doubt want to keep them looking pristine and shiny – especially if it’s original flooring or reclaimed wood that you have, topped off with a lovely glossy varnish.
Hardwood floors not only look incredible when finished well, but they can really add atmosphere to a room. They’re also great backdrop for most interior décor schemes because they are considered neutral, meaning they’ll go with most colours and styles.
So, how do you keep them looking so attractive after your friends and family have trampled through your home for the umpteenth time? Well, the good news is hardwood floors are extremely hard-wearing and only need recoated every seven years or so. And anyway, minimal wear and tear can just make them look even more authentic and attractive.
But then, the bad news is that they’re not invisible to unsightly marks or even damage. So, how do you keep them looking pristine and shiny? Well, read on...
The parts of your floor that are most likely to get damaged are those near the entrance door (if in a hallway) and other high-traffic areas. So it’s a matter of prevention. Put down a floor mat at the door or a long runner-type rug in a central hallway to catch drips from soggy outdoor shoes. You could also put rubber stoppers under furniture to prevent unsightly big scrapes.
You might think it doesn’t need as much cleaning as a carpet but a hardwood floor can often need more – certainly it needs swept with a soft brush every two days or so and given a good clean with a hoover once a week (using the hardwood attachment) since foodstuffs and other spills can’t always be spotted easily on a wooden floor. Every few months a deep clean with a mop and hot water (and a little fairy liquid) is needed.
Get rid of scuff marks
The bane of wooden floor manufacturers, scuff marks from heels, toys and furniture can actually be removed easily with a cloth, hot water (and a little washing up detergent again). Just don’t use a scouring pad, and don’t bother forking out for special ‘hardwood’ cleaners as they’re really not necessary. If the scuff is deeper or is a dent and it’s bothering you then contact your landlord who can arrange for a specialist to take a look at it then sand back and re-varnish that particular spot. In other words, all is not lost!