Timber flooring and decking are long term investments and with small amount of care and maintenance. Optimum performance and enjoyment is ensured.
We recommend discussing with the installer or builder about flooring and decking care if possible, to obtain maintenance procedures from the manufacturer of the chosen floor finish. However, the following care and maintenance tips we are providing in this post will assist in keeping timber flooring and decking looking their best.
A hardwood timber floor will look nice for a longer period of time if it is kept as clean as possible. To remove surface dirt and grit, regularly vacuum with a soft bristle head or an electrostatic attachment, or sweep with an electrostatic mop. Keep door mats clean.
For stubborn dirt removal, damp-mop the floor using a well-wrung mop. The use of a pH neutral floor cleaner (use as per manufacturer’s instructions) can provide more effective stubborn dirt removal.
Never clean timber flooring with common household detergents, polishes, steel wool pads, wax or similar products. These products can be too abrasive and may scratch the surface of the timber flooring, or make it dangerously slippery. Some products might leave a film of silicon or wax on the timber which may hamper the recoating of your floor in the future. Never use Methylated Spirits or Kerosene, as any type of petroleum distillate will degrade the coating and irreversibly dull the floor. Only use a pH neutral floor cleaner as per manufacturer’s instructions.
Use only quality lint free floor mops and thoroughly wash new mops to remove any lint.
Wipe up spills and leaks promptly with a dry cloth or dry paper towel. For sticky substances, moisten the cloth slightly
Over wetting a floor when mopping or cleaning can change the moisture balance and cause a floor to expand, which might result in cupping. Hence, it is important to ensure that the mops and cloths we are using are well wrung to ensure as little water as possible wets the floor.
Steam mops are not recommended for cleaning timber floors. Steam (moisture) is forced into the joints of the timber and any small incisions, breaks or cracks on the timber floor surface resulting in unusual reactions in the timber such as cupping. The heat from the steam mop could also cause damage to the coating of the timber.
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