A few small steps can make a considerable difference to the life span of your bespoke wood flooring. Despite using the very best materials, there is little we can do to stop the natural ageing process, but you can slow it down considerably.
The main agitators in the quest to age your floor are grit and general dust/dirt. What tends to happen is debris is brought on to the floor from outside either on the soles of shoes or the feet of pets. This in itself isn’t a major concern but the problems occur when the debris begins to get walked in to the floor surface (particularly with shoes on). Once the abrasive action of grit starts to work away at the surface, the more it’s walked on the worse the problem becomes. Eventually the sanding affect will remove the oil top coat and expose the raw surface of the timber.
It isn’t all doom and gloom though. There are simple steps you can take to reduce the impact of abrasive wearing. Installation of a good quality matt next to all external doors is in excellent starting point. Anything that removes a proportion of the debris on shoes or animal paws as they walk on the floor is a positive for your floor’s longevity. Asking people to remove their shoes when walking on the floor goes a long way to help reduce wear, too. The action of bare feet or socked feet on the floor (even with debris present) gives a vastly reduced wear coefficient compared to those wearing solid soled shoes.
Finally, if you cannot limit the amount of debris being brought on to your floor, try and dry mop or vacuum it away as regularly as possible. These simple things really will make a considerable difference to how well your floor wears.