7 Ways to Care Your Timber Floor And Keep it Like New
Your timber floor will add warmth and beauty to your home for many years to come. Timber floors will mark and scratch with normal use, even though they are built to stand up to wear and abrasion. However following a few simple maintenance steps will help protect your timber floors and keep them like new.
Sweeping and vacuuming regularly are the most important ways to maintain the beauty of your timber floor, as these will prevent sand or abrasive dust from accumulating and scratching the finish. Micro-fiber pads are also good in cleaning timber floor and it can help you avoid cleaning fluids.
Keep your timber floor dry all the time by always mopping up wet spills immediately. Use a moist cloth to blot up and wipe off spills and spots immediately when they occur, never allow liquids to stand on your floor for long. Use a nail polish remover containing acetone to remove tough spots such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, tar or cigarette marks then wipe with a damp white cloth.
You can occasionally damp mop (not wet mop) your timber floor using small amount of white vinegar mixed with water. But make sure the mop is not too wet. Remember to dry and buff your floor using clean, soft towels until it is completely dry and shining. Never wash your floor with water or wet-mop the floor with soap, detergent or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delaminating and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
Do not use any abrasive materials or strong ammonia cleaners (such as pot scrubbers or steel wool) to clean spills as they affect the floor’s décor layer and damage the finish. Do not use floor polish or wax products as they leave a film on the floor, causing it to attract more dirt and leave streaks and footprints. Never steam clean your timber floor as the chemicals may damage the flooring surface.
Protection Instructions The following tips should help protect your timber floor and keep it like new:
Use quality area rugs, door-mats and chair mats to protect your timber floor and to reduce the noise from walking on the floors. Place an anti-slip door mat by doors both inside and outside to stop moisture, sand, grit and other damaging substances from being tracked into your house, and to remind people to wipe their feet or take their shoes off before stepping onto your timber floor. For high traffic areas use quality area rugs and hallway runners with soft or anti-slip backing to protect the surface. In other areas where water spillage is an issue, indoor mats with anti-slip backing are also necessary. These rugs and mats should be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent the transfer of debris to your timber floor.
Use rubber backed chair mats under office chairs to stop your chair rolling around and protect your timber. Also use furniture protectors under all furniture legs to prevent your timber floors from getting scratched. Do not slide or roll heavy furniture or appliances across your timber floor.
Rearrange area rugs and furniture periodically so your timber floor ages evenly. It is recommended that you should not let your timber floor be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods, as UV sunlight will soften or darken the tones of your timber floor to varying degrees.
Avoid Stiletto heels or athletic spiked shoes on your timber floors, as they may cause indentations in your floor and wear your floor much quicker.
Always maintain a comfortable and regulated indoor environment to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of your timber floor. Whenever it is possible, use curtains or blinds to block direct sunlight from your timber floor. Some solid timber floors may be affected by heat from sources such as free-standing heaters and stoves. In areas where an extremely dry atmosphere is common, you may add moisture in the air with a humidifier to reduce the possible shrinkage or cracking of the floor.
Pet’s claws may damage your floor, so keep pets nails trimmed.