Although your floor finish offers high durability and easy maintenance, it is not indestructible. The following are tips which will help to preserve the beauty of your floor. Be sure to check ot the different types of wooden floor installations that are possible.
Protecting your Floor:
· Newly varnished floors need special protection bearing in mind that the varnish takes several days to reach full hardness.
· Regularly vacuum or sweep the floor with a soft bristle broom to prevent any loose dirt or grit from scratching the surface. Walking on a dusty or dirty floor is the fastest way to damage a finish (more information over here: Wooden flooring Do’s and Dont’s)
- Place walk off mats (carpet runners) at all exterior entrances. This will capture much of the harmful dirt before it even reaches the floor. Shake out, wash or vacuum mats and area rugs frequently.
· Floor protector pads of soft felt or similar material should be placed on the bottoms of the legs of the furniture. Floor protectors must be kept clean of grit and periodically replaced.
· Keep high heels in good repairs. An unprotected tip will dent any wood floor.
· Always protect your floor when moving heavy objects. Use an old rug (wrong side up) and slide the object along the floor on the rug. Make sure that there is no grot on the rug. and be careful not to “burn” the floor by dragging the object across the floor at speed.
· Kitchen floors experience the most traffic in a home. To prevent premature wear of the floor, place an area rug in front of the sink and stove area. Shake out or vacuum the rugs frequently.
· To add a little “life” to a dull floor you can wipe a little “Woodoc” furniture oil into the floor, just as one would do to treat your wooden furniture.
Cleaning your floor:
· Vacuum clean or mop the floor to remove any surface dust and grit.
· Occasionally, the floor should be cleaned using a mild soap based cleaning product.
Important: The amount of water you use when cleaning your floor should be kept to a minimum. Always use a well wrung out cloth or mop and remove any puddles of water on the surface immediately.
Things to avoid:
· Never pour any cleaner directly onto the floor.
· Do not allow any liquid to remain on the floor.
· Do not use any oil-based or wax cleaners/polishes on your floor. These products will make the surface greasy, slippery and difficult to clean.
· Some varnish manufacturers recommend cleaning wood floors using a mop rinsed in water and vinegar. This is acceptable provided the mop is well wrung out before it is used on the floor.