Maintenance advice for your finished timber floor.
The surface treatment of all floors is exposed and depending on traffic will endure differing levels of natural wear. Therefore, regular cleaning & maintenance is essential.
Newly finished floors must not be walked on within 48 hours once coated and then only with socks. Be careful as all coating systems take 7 – 10 days to fully cure and during this period the floor can easily be damaged. It is advisable to fit felt or carpet pads to all furniture bases to minimise the risk of scratching the floor coating.
Please Note: some furniture has pre-fitted plastic feet, these need to be removed and replaced with felt or carpet. When mopping your floor use a “damp” mop to avoid leaving large residues of water on the floor.
Regularly dry mop with an antistatic mop or vacuum with (soft head vacuum) to reduce dust and abrasive particles. Damp mop floors as and when required to remove dirt and grime.
For routine washing use warm water and an approved floor cleaning similar to Polycure “Aquacare” or Feast Watson “Floor clean”.
Please Note: Avoid using harsh abrasive cleaners.
What should I do?
- Vacuum or dry mop regularly to avoid grit/dirt scratching the floor.
- Use damp mop only.
- Invest in an electrostatic floor mop, as it will the job a whole lot easier (but remember to keep it clean!)
- Clean up any liquid spills immediately and remove any sand, dirt or grit to avoid scratching.
- Use doormats at each external entrance to trap dirt before it is tracked inside. Some people have even gone as far as to implement a ‘no shoes policy’ to avoid 'dirt scratches'.
- Use floor protectors to protect the floor from scuffing and scratching caused by furniture legs.
What should I avoid or be aware of?
Remember, Timber and Water don't mix so…
- Do not wash your timber floor using a “wet” mop
- Do not pour any cleaner directly onto the floor
- Do not use household detergents as these may contain harsh chemicals that will damage the finish of your floor
- Do not use an oil-impregnated sweep mop, as the residues they leave may cause slip hazards
- Stiletto heels, even the densest of timbers will indent.
- Pets: dog “ear drop” liquid can blister the floor in concentrated form
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