How Long Should Hardwood Floors Last?

Before buying your beautiful new solid hardwood floors, you probably want to know how long hardwood floors last?

This is a common question, and rightly so! Hardwood floors aren’t cheap, and keeping them looking great should be a priority.

Solid hardwood can last a lifetime, however, it’s the coat on top of the wood that will be subjected to the wear and tear of home life.

How To Increase The Longevity Of Your Hardwood Floors

Cleaning & Maintaining

Make sure to clean up any and all spillages when they happen (which is inevitable!). If left, they can stain and dull the finish/gloss. It could also attract additional dirt, which is the last thing you want!

Make sure to vacuum regularly using the soft part of the hoover.

Read our blog on oil finished wood floor maintenance for more information.

Pets & Furniture

Pets can cause more damage than you think with hardwood floors. Their nails can cause wear and tear to the solid wood coating, so make sure you’re being proactive in reducing this.

When moving furniture around, make sure to use pieces of fabric under the legs. The last thing you want is a large scratch in your new floor!


Always remove shoes when entering the house. I don’t know about you, but our shoes always attract tiny stones that get lodged in the sole.

If worn in the house, these tiny stones (or any kind of debris) can create tiny scratches and decrease the longevity of your wooden floors.


Recoating your wood floors means applying a fresh new coat of finish to your hardwood floors.

Recoating your wood floors is a simple process that extends the life of the finish.

It is also less expensive, and if done every 3-5 years it can dramatically lower the need of refinishing your floors.

Sanding and Refinishing

If your hardwood floors have taken quite a beating, from high traffic areas, pets, spillages and furniture, it may be wise to seek out a professional to restore your hardwood floors.

Sussex Floor Restoration are the people to call! As our name states, we restore floors in many different places, from sports halls to residential properties, from offices to hotels.

Sanding and refinishing your hardwood floors will restore it back to its former glory, and only needs to happen every 8-12 years (if maintained properly).

Want to find out more? Read our informative blog!

Sussex Floor Restoration

Looking at restoring your hardwood or parquet floors? Look no further than Sussex Floor Restoration.

We provide floor restoration services to a host of different audiences including schools and other commercial buildings, but we also work with domestic clients to improve the look of flooring in your home.

Get in contact with Adam and his team today on 01444 810505, or fill out or form here.

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