In time after having a wood floor fitted, scratches, stains and imperfections are inevitable. Often, this can be seen to add character and charm to your wood flooring. However, if simple care and maintenance techniques are followed, these imperfections can be minimised and your hardwood flooring will serve you for decades as an elegant and quality investment to your home.
Some general tips to help you care for your new hardwood floor:
Specialised Hardwood Floor Care
Tips and Tricks
If part of the room is exposed to the sunlight place a mat or rug there to prevent part of the room being a different shade from the rest. If the whole room is exposed you may wish to put a mat down and move it about evenly to help stop the floor from fading.
Unlike a normal lacquered hardwood floors, boards with a natural oil finish will require periodic care and maintenance. The biggest advantage of buying an oiled or brushed oiled product instead of a lacquered finish is the ability to refurbish a scratched or faded section of the floor without having to sand and reseal the entire area to give it an even look and feel.
· As soon as installation is complete treat boards with a Polyx hard wax oil coating. This protects the floor from dirt, water and grit, particularly in high traffic areas and areas liable to water ingress
· Reapply oil in order to keep the product in tip-top condition every 12 to 18 Months.
· If you have particularly stubborn "worn in" stains or scratches you may use you can also use a slightly alkaline special cleaning concentrate called ‘Intensive cleaner’ which will cleanse and decontaminate the surface of oiled and waxed boards.
· If you need a cleaning solution that is part of a regular cleaning schedule, we recommend that you consider using a mild soap such as Osmo Wash and Care. This product will nourish the floor.
Step 1: Clear all dirt, dust and debris off the surface.
Step 2: Shake the soap solution thoroughly.
Step 3: Follow the guidelines on the bottle and mix the recommended amount of soap solution with the recommended amount of hot water.
Step 4: Fill up a second bucket of hot water to rinse the soap solution off the floor again.
Step 5: Use a mop to clean the floor, when dipping the mop into the bucket make sure that it is only damp and not soaking wet before use. Regularly change the water so that you aren’t cleaning the floor with dirty water.
Step 6: Once this process is complete. Rinse out the mop and using the bucket with just hot water, dampen the mop and go over the floor to clean off all excess soap solution.
On a floor with a varnished or waxed finished use a proprietary cleaner or if not available a good alternative is baking soda mixed with vinegar.. Spray over the area where the scuffmark is, give it time to soak in, then use a light steel wool pad to rub it over the area. If in the process of this some wax or varnish has come away then it may need refinishing – see above.
A sock or soft cloth can be used, or some people use a tennis ball which is rubbed over the scuffmark. This idea came from America where the technique has been known to be used to take scuffmarks out of the floors in basketball courts.
Regular waxing of the floor can help prevent scuffs.
Cleaning engineered wood floors in this way will not only keep them look fresh but will extend the lifespan.