Timber Flooring is a lifetime investment requiring only minimum upkeep to ensure maximum longevity and enjoyment. Here are a few tips to help you clean, care and maintain a beautiful timber floor.
Note: This article is based on polyurethane finishes, not waxed or oiled timber floors.
- Vacuum or sweep regularly
- Use a microfibre mop/ timber flooring mop
- If using a rap mop, ensure it is damp only or well wrung
- Use PH Neutral floor cleaners or timber flooring specific cleaners
- If using Enjo, use only water
- Follow the grain
- Wipe up any spills as soon as noticed
- Don’t use a steam mop: Steam mops put excess moisture into your timber and can cause unnatural movement.
- Don’t use Bleach, Ammonia, Methylated Spirits or any harsh chemical on your flooring: Harsh Chemicals can degrade the coating leaving the timber unprotected.
- Don’t use waxes or oils on polyurethane finishes
To keep you floor in the best condition we recommend a couple of preventative measures:
- Always be cautious moving furniture in: Never drag furniture, be especially careful with fridges and other heavy items.
- Place protective felt furniture pads on the bottom of all heavy furniture pieces
- Felt pads on the bottom of tables chairs are essential to reduce scratching from constant movements
- Leave mats underneath swivel and rolling chairs i.e. Bar and Office chairs
- Position mats at front and back doorways to minimise dirt, mud and moisture
- Place runners in high traffic areas such as hallways
- Have rugs in children or pets play area where scratching and other damage may occur
- Keep pets nails trimmed
- Avoid stilettos and sharp footwear on timber areas
Timber finishes can also change colour slightly depending on finish and how much light the timber is being subject to. We recommend, where possible, to tint windows and use blinds during peak sunlight in summer. We also recommend rotating rug placement so the timber has a chance to fade or darken with the rest of the floor.
Special Note: We strongly recommend rugs not be put on the floor until two weeks have passed since the final coat.
Sanding and Polishing
A bonus with solid timber and engineered floors is they can be sanded and polished to restore them to their original glory. Timber floors can also be recoated, provided they are caught in time and not too worn.