Though wood is obviously a tough material that could withstand a variety of knocks, a great deal of individuals with hardwood floors require this for granted and do not correctly care for or maintain it. For this reason many house owners are inadvertently destroying their wooden floor. Here we list some of the most frequent no-no's involved in looking after your flooring and how they can lead to all kinds of damage.


If you picked the colour of your wooden flooring for a particular reason -- whether you enjoy the challenging and dense shadow of Walnut or the bright and natural colouring of Beech -- you will want to keep it that colour for as long as you possibly can. Maintain your blinds drawn when the sun is at its most powerful will help limit sun exposure and discolouration and make certain the wood doesn't dry out and possible shrink/crack.

Sharp Objects

Whether it's high heeled sneakers or your cat and puppy's scratchy paws, continuous exposure to any sort of sharp thing is going to chip away at the integrity of your hardwood floors. Keeping things such as this in check, together with using rugs under chair and table legs, will ensure your floors remains to spec.

Mopping Up Too Frequently 

Unless you've got muddy feet constantly traipsing through your home, you won't have to mop your hardwood flooring more often than once every month. When it is time to wash, ensure the mop is damp and not soaking and give your floor a dry rub when completed. If you need to clean constantly, provide your hardwood flooring a once more with a dustpan and brush or a fast vacuum cleaner instead of turning into the mop. But saying that...

Vacuum -- With The Right Attachment

Many people look at the various attachments that include a vacuum cleaner, nod, then put the upholstery brush and put the rest in the cabinet never to be seen again. Stop right there! Using a floor brush attachment is much more gentle in your wood and offsets the grit and dirt which can scratch your floor.

Letting Off Steam

Are you getting the picture that a lot of water is bad for your wooden flooring yet? Good. If you're using a steam mop as opposed to a regular mop, then make certain your mop is about the lowest setting and always moving across the floor. If your floor has a wax finish or has been laid for a little while, we would recommend skipping steam completely. Be very very careful with steam cleaning, as most manufactures do not recommends there use and this could have an effect on any warranties. Bermondsey Floor Sanding as a company don't recommend using steam cleaners on the majority of the floors they provide.