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Care & Maintenance

Real wood floors are not difficult to maintain. To get the most from your solid Wood floor it's important to care for it by following some simple suggestions.

Please Note:

Since wood is a material fashioned by nature, each board is unique and:

  • Will vary in colour and grain characteristics.
  • Will scratch and indent
  • Will change colour when exposed to UV light
  • May expand & contract due to local changes in temperature/climate

Regular Maintenance
Cleaning your solid wood floors is so easy. Regular maintenance involves simply vacuuming or sweeping with a soft bristle broom.
The floor should must be washed regularly with the correct floor cleaning product.
Suitable cleaning products are recommended by a wood flooring professional or the wood finish manufacturer.

Preventative Maintenance
Modern wood floors and finishes mean that wood floors can remain beautiful for years before they need to be re-finished.
 
There are some sensible precautions that you can take to minimise maintenance and to maintain the beauty of your wood floor.See the table below for some hints and tips

Do

  • Use breathable entrance mats to catch dirt but allow air through
  • Use protective furniture pads
  • Use wide Casters on furniture and keep them clean of dirt and grit
  • Use rugs should in high traffic areas, at stair landings and in front of sinks
  • Lift furniture rather than dragging or pushing it
  • Cover floor with old rugs and thin wood such as plywood when moving exceptionally heavy furniture or appliances
  • Keep pet’s claws trimmed
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor regularly and whenever needed
  • Use a dry mop, such as a hardwood floor mop with a cloth cover
  • For surface finshes use a damp but thoroughly wrung cloth or slightly damped mop
  • Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel or soft cloth
  • Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.

Do Not

  • Walk on the floor with spike high heels, athletic cleats, taps, or any shoes with damaged heels as exposed steel support rods will dent any floor surface.
  • Use mats with rubber or other non-porous backings
  • Use a vacuum cleaner unless it has a soft brush or felt head
  • Mop the floor with excessive water. This can dull and discolour the finish and damage the wood.
  • Use oil soap, wax-based products, or household cleaners containing lemon oil, tung oil, or ammonia
  • Use cleaning products intended for other flooring products, such as tile or vinyl
  • Over-wax a wood floor. If the floor dulls, then try buffing instead.
  • Wax a surface-finished (lacquered) floor.
  • Damp mop a waxed floor
  • Use dust cleaners
  • Have metal objects in contact with oiled floors as they react with oil and may mark the surface.
  • Use water or even a damp cloth on Wax-coated finishes as it can become dull or leave white water spots.

Wax Finish
Use fine steel wool with small amount of mineral spirits to rub out spots aused by water. Then re-wax and buff as needed.
To return floor lustre, buff heavy traffic areas and if necessary re-wax and then buff.
For a waxed floor that is properly maintained, depending on the traffic, may only need waxing once or twice a year.