Real wood floors are a wonderful addition to the home. They look great, feel wonderful and they're easy to maintain. And even if your floor becomes damaged, it can easily be repaired.
Whilst regular vacuuming and occasional re-application of certain prefinishes, like oil, will keep your floor in excellent condition, additional wear may show over time. Certain high traffic areas may become dull and re-finishing may be necessary. If, after a number of years, you want to completely renovate your floor, that's possible too - most surfaces can be completely sanded and refinished.
How often a floor can be renovated depends upon the thickness of its genuine wood wear layer. For multilayer floors this ranges generally from 6 mm to 0.7 mm (veneer floor). Solid parquet floors are offered in thicknesses up to 22 mm.
Sometimes spot renovation, rather than complete refurbishment, is all that's required. To rejuvenate a tired floor to its former glory, simply follow the tips below:
Most surface scratches can be easily repaired by applying a new coat of varnish or oil to the affected area, and then polishing to a shine.
Rub the area with steel wool and re-varnish or re-oil. Polish to bring back the shine. If this doesn't work, then sand lightly with a very finely grained sandpaper and re-varnish or re-oil.
Heel marks, caster marks and similar scuffs can usually be removed by rubbing with fine steel wool and wood floor cleaner. Wipe dry and re-apply finish.
Try scraping the residue off with a sharpened blade, taking care not to scratch the surface. Sometimes, putting a bag of ice-cubes on the mark beforehand can help.
Steel wool will often remove superficial cigarette burns; treat with a small amount of water and soap. Be sure to dry the area with a clean cloth, re-apply finish and polish.
Rub the affected area with liquid or paste wax, silver polish, boiled linseed oil, or a cloth slightly dampened with ammonia. Re-apply finish and polish.