We get asked a lot from our clients on how to look after their hardwood timber floors once they moved in, So below I written on some of the do’s and don’ts of taking care of your floors while at the same time enjoying a great looking floor for many years.
- Dirt, sand and grit are very abrasive and are your timber floor’s worst enemy. Use an anti-static mop regularly. We suggest Nomad type mats at exterior doors to prevent sand, dust and grit from getting inside. Slip resistant mats just inside the door are of great assistance. Strong light, particularly direct sunlight can cause your floor coating to change colour rapidly, so move your decorative rugs occasionally to protect your floor.
- Tinting of windows will also protect your floor.In areas where extremes of temperature, lack of ventilation or moisture variation are common, cracks may appear in the floor. Air Conditioners are rarely humidity corrected and in winter, can create an extremely dry atmosphere, which can cause shrinkage and cracking of the floor.
- Fit protective felt pads to the legs of all chairs and tables, so that they can be moved easily without the risk of scuffing the floor. If you have furniture with castors, it is preferable they be barrel type as ball casters may cause damage.
- Dust, sweep, vacuum or mop regularly. Worn vacuum heads scratch your floor. If you prefer, use a clean warm damp mop with a recommended cleaner such as ‘Polyclean’ at twenty to one dilution rate. Manufacturer’s recommendations must be adhered to at all times particularly mopping off the cleaner mixture to avoid streaking.
- Stiletto heels, especially worn ones, will dent any hard floor surface, even concrete. Keep doormats clean. Wipe up spills promptly with a dry cloth or paper towel. For sticky substances moisten the cloth slightly and dry as you go.
DO NOT USE HARSH HOUSEHOLD DETERGENTS AS THEY MAY CONTAIN CHEMICALS THAT AFFECT THE COATING MATERIAL USED.
It is essential the hardwood timber floors is kept free of dirt and grit, by sweeping it thoroughly with an electrostatic sweep mop and then use a clean warm damp mop. Please keep these mops clean by regular washing. Oil impregnated sweep mops must not be used as residues may be left and these could cause slip hazards.The floor should be damp mopped on a regular basis to remove any dirt which is not picked up by the sweep mop. Tung Oil finishes should be buffed and re-coated before they have worn through to the timber. Excessive wear leads to the necessity to undertake a total re-sand of the floor. In most cases, regular coating will eliminate the need for such costly repairs.
I wouldn’t advise without first talking to the manufacture or your new floor about using of propriety cleaners and polishes featured found in hardware stores and supermarkets for use on our Polyurethane coated floors. Polyurethane Gloss is not designed to be polished. You should takes care to regularly keep the floor dust free and clean with a warm damp mop this should be sufficient to keep a nice sheen for many years. Food and drink spillages, as with cooking oil splash in kitchens must be addressed immediately.
Sweep dust and grit with a dry and thoroughly clean electrostatic mop. Use a warm damp mop after dust removal. Keep both mops clean at all times. At the end of its service life it will be necessary to sand it down the
hardwood timber floors and refinish. “Silicone sprays” cause violent reaction to polyurethane finishes and their use in these rooms should be avoided at all times. Aquacare is a Wipe on/Wipe off Floor Cleaner is available in one-litre bottles for a cost of about $24.10 – 20 ml to 2 litres of water.
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE CLEANER BE WIPED OFF WITH A DAMP MOP AFTER APPLICATION. STREAKING WILL OCCUR IF THIS IS NOT DONE PROPERLY.