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Cleaning your wood floor has never been easier, with today's advances in wood flooring finishes and stains you should enjoy the long lasting beauty of your wood floor for the life of the floor if properly maintained.
Regular maintenance requires little more than simply sweeping with a soft bristle broom and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You should also clean your floor periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a wood flooring professional or the flooring manufacturer.
It is always recommended that you follow the flooring manufacturers maintenance guide.
To maintain the beauty of your wood floor, there are other preventive maintenance steps you can take and below we have listed the basic recommendations to care for your new floor:-
Sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floor with the appropriate soft bristle broom, dust mop or vaccuum soft floor attachment regularly to keep it clean and to remove any dust, grit or other abrasive materials from the floor surface. Walking on dusty, dirty or abrasive materials is one of the fastest ways to damage a finish.
Do not wet-mop a wood floor because standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discolouring residue.
Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened clean towel and never a wet cloth.
Always protect your floor from exposure to water, liquids and other moisture forms.
Avoid walking on the floor with wet feet or wet footwear.
Place doormats or rugs at entryways to capture harmful dirt and abrasive materials from being tracked onto the the floor surface from the outdoors. Shake out, wash or vacuum mats and rugs frequently. Avoid dense matting materials such as rubber backed as these may trap moisture between the mat and the floor causing damage and instead choose mats that enable airflow and that do not discolour the floor.
Floor protector pads of soft felt or similar soft materials should be placed on the bottom of all furniture being placed on the wood floor surface. Floor protectors must be kept clean, free of grit and replaced periodically.
Avoid sharp or pointed objects from coming into contact with the floor. Do not walk on the floor with any type of footwear which may damage the finish or cause indentations to the surface of the floor such as high heeled shoes.
Kitchen floors experience the most traffic in a home. Place a rug in front of the sink area to prevent premature wear of the floor and remember to shake out or vacuum the rug frequently. When moving heavy furniture or appliances, do not push, drag or slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the object completely to protect the wood flooring.
Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
Never use household or furniture polish, dust remover or any other abrasive cleaners such as scouring pads or steel wool. Only use flooring cleaning products recommended by the flooring manufacturer or a flooring professional.
Do not over-wax a wood floor. If the floor dulls, try buffing instead. Avoid wax buildup under furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session. Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.
Know the type of finish on the wood floor. Follow the proper maintenance procedures for the particular finish and always remember to consult with the installer or manufacturer if you have any doubts regarding the kind of floor finish.
Sunlight - Direct sunlight can discolour any hardwood floor. Close curtains and blinds or even add sheer drapes to protect it from the suns intense UV rays.
Even if maintained correctly, most timber floors will experience some degree of wear over a period of years. It is worth considering steps to restore your floor before damage becomes severe. Your suppliers would be able to obtain or recommend you a range of floor sanding, cleaning and lacquering products although we recommend these are used and applied by a professional floor installer.