Don’t let a Christmas tree ruin your beautiful hardwood.
With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about decorations and the all-important Christmas tree. However, before bringing one into your home, consider the damage it can do to your hardwood floor. The last thing you need to worry about in the New Year is the unnecessary cost of sanding and refinishing your floor, especially when it is preventable. These handy tips will help protect your floor from scratches and water damage often associated with real Christmas trees:
1. Keep the area clean
Before you bring the tree inside, vacuum the floor and then use a microfiber mop to trap any lingering dirt and dust particles. Once the tree is set up, continue to vacuum and mop the surrounding area as often as needed (usually daily) to remove stray pine needles. This is one of the main causes of floor damage as needles cling to footwear and pets, dragging across the floor and throughout other rooms. Never use a broom to clear pine needles as the same thing will likely occur.
2. Invest in a tree mat
Protect your floor by placing a rubber mat or specialised tree mat underneath the Christmas tree to absorb any leaks or spills. It is also a good pine needle collector and reduces the likelihood of them falling onto your hardwood. Do not use a towel as this can ruin your floor – the material absorbs and retains moisture which can lead to floorboards expanding and turning black.
3. Tree tips
Water your tree regularly to prevent extensive loss of needles.
Buy a sturdy tree stand to increase stability and reduce leakages.
If you find sap from the tree has landed on your hardwood, place ice cubes in a zip-lock bag over the sap to harden. Remove as much as you can with a fingernail or plastic knife. Use oil soap to cover the affected area and then scrub clean.
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Modern and versatile
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Once fitted, seven layers of high-quality finish are added to the planks, protecting them from scratches, stains and dirt. Studies actually show that the lacquer used to coat the boards is one of the most durable pre-finishes available, which means your floor maintenance becomes the least of your worries.
With enhanced stability from the durable hardwood, Premium Oak floors will continue to withstand furniture and foot traffic for years to come. Their excellent lifespan ensures the floors uphold their aesthetic beauty and high standards.
Variety of colours
Premium Oak floors come in a number of shades, from light and neutral browns to rich tones of chocolate. The varying levels of grain structure and natural knots formed within the planks really emphasise the “forest to floor” features. Although slight colour variation is anticipated, this shows that your Premium Oak planks are the result of real wood as opposed to an artificial replica.
With the choice of floating or glue installation, both processes are fast and easy to complete. Using Uniclic, the world’s strongest joining method, each plank is joined on all four sides with a no-gaps guarantee.