As we all know, a floor can only be sanded a certain amount of times, which depends on things like why the floor is sanded (are any deep scratches being sanded out etc) and above all on the depth of the wood above the tongue and groove workings. Thus, it is a good idea to save on the need for sanding, by keeping your floor looking lovely and scratch/damage free, especially when you consider the fact that you may want to sand the floor for cosmetic reasons (change of finish, to brighten it up etc) once or twice. Here are four tips to help you keep essential wood floor sandings to a minimum:
1: Avoid Direct Sunlight:
Few things between heaven and earth can dull a wood floor as quickly or as violently as direct sunlight. Therefore it is a good idea to protect your wood floors from it at all times. This doesn't mean you need to live a sun-free life; you can get special sun-screens, which filter out the harmful rays and let the light in as normal.
2: Pad Furniture Feet:
Ensure all furniture feet have pads on the bottom. This will prevent them from scratching the floor when they are accidentally or deliberately moved. Padded or not, it is still advisable to ensure that furniture is always lifted when being moved in rooms with wooden floors the pads are mainly to protect against accidental shifts during everyday usage of the furniture.
3: Place Mats At Entrances:
It is a good idea to have mats at all entrances, which people are advised to wipe their feet upon. A brush mat outside and a carpet mat inside is a good combination. It is a good idea to have a big mat in the doorway as well to catch any particles that may be blown in while the door is open, and of course, if you can have everyone take their shoes off upon entry this is even better.
4: Clean Floor Regularly:
Keeping wood floors clean is always a good idea. It is recommended that you brush the floor with a soft brush at least once per day. Some people advise against using damp clothes or mops on the floor, but as they say; everything is okay in moderation: using a slightly damp cloth over the brush head will do no harm to the floor, and will pick up loose dust particles that remain after brushing.