Now you have a stunning new timber floor, it takes care and regular maintenance to preserve the integrity and lifespan of your floor finish. ONE cleaning product or method does not suit ALL. But that doesn't mean you have to be a cleaning professional to keep your flooring looking great.
As timber floors have grown in popularity, ideas about how to clean a timber floor have emerged, but some of these cleaners attack and damage floor coatings, so it's important to use the methods and products that are specified by the manufacturer of your floor finish.
Some Quick Do's and Don'ts
Taking Proper Care of Your Floor
Maintenance of timber floors depends on the type of coating used and the severity of traffic and wear. Floors benefit greatly from regular care and maintenance, lengthening the life of your flooring.
Oiled floors will benefit from frequent applications of products like oil refreshers, 'maintenance oils and soaps', building additional wear layers to the surface of the flooring.
NEWLY FINISHED FLOORS
Although a floor may be walked on after initial curing/hardening of the coating, some precautions are necessary until the coating system has fully hardened. This may take several days to several weeks depending on the coating option chosen and weather conditions at the time of flooring application.
PREVENTING UNNECESSARY DAMAGE
MAINTENANCE + CLEANING
PROTECT AGAINST CHANGES IN CLIMATE
PROTECT AGAINST SUN / UV EXPOSURE
ON THE BLOG
HOW CAN I PET PROOF MY TIMBER FLOORING?
Your flooring choices and daily habits can help you to maintain your timber flooring to years.
HOW MANY RE-SANDS CAN I GET FROM ENGINEERED FLOORING?
When it comes to re-sanding, there are some key similarities which affects a number of re-sands you'll get from your flooring.
FLOORING ADVICE: Caring for your timber flooring with indoor plants.
WHAT'S THE BEST FLOORING FOR BATHROOMS AND WET AREAS?
One important factor to consider is how much water you expect to come in contact with the floor.
HOW TIMBER FLOORING RESPONDS TO HEAT
Here are some important things that you need to know about how your timber flooring might respond to heat in your home.
CARING FOR BEACH-SIDE TIMBER FLOORING
Salt air, sun and sea can be harsh on wood floors. How can you prevent damage to your beautiful timber flooring?
WHAT IS GHOSTING?
What is ghosting and how can you prevent it? Here are some tips on how to avoid this issue with polyurethane timber floors..
CHOOSING COASTAL TIMBER FLOORING
Here are some tips on choosing the best floor for your coastal home, to ensure longevity of your timber flooring..
MINIMISE UV SUN DAMAGE TO YOUR TIMBER FLOOR
Here are some ways that you can reduce the effects of sun damage to your timber flooring..
LET'S TALK ABOUT VOC'S
Can your flooring be harming your health? Many products are now claiming to be low or 100% VOC Free. What are VOC's and should you be concerned about them?
Important Information on Moisture Content and Timber Expansion
- Timber is a natural product that shrinks and/or swells depending on the weather. Therefore, adequate expansion allowance/shrinkage gaps are normal (to a degree) particularly in dry weather and may close during wetter months. Having these allowance gaps is not optional to owner(s) but are necessary to reduce potential swelling and pressure in the floor, and are a natural part of a beautiful timber floor. (Wider boards are more likely to show wider shrinkage gaps than narrower boards.)
- Some owners have purchased dehumidifiers to protect the floor from absorbing this moisture. Owners who take a proactive approach at these times, have lessened or negated problems with their floors especially in the first few years of the floors service.(Refrigerative air conditioning also extracts moisture but is not as effective as dehumidifiers).