With wooden floors becoming more popular, there has been an increase in tips and products that tell you exactly how to clean and maintain them. Additionally, wood species differ in color and hardness, and floor coverings and finishes vary, which means that the maintenance methods and cleaning products that can be used are also different. No wonder parquet owners are confused!
But one thing’s for sure: wooden floors benefit greatly from regular maintenance, which not only maintains a good finish, but also extends the life of your wooden floors for many years to come. These are our best tips for maintaining wooden floors.
Wood floors require ongoing maintenance
Wooden floors are generally easy to maintain, but there are a number of things that can compromise wooden floor finishes, including sand or gravel bought at home with shoes. These tiny particles act a bit like sandpaper and can cause unsightly scratches. Carpets placed inside and outside exterior doors can effectively reduce dust from entering your home (as can removing your shoes before entering) and in high-traffic areas such as the Kitchen mats are especially beneficial for the maintenance of wooden floors.
The wooden floor natural enemies are extreme humidity and temperature and direct sunlight. Strong sunlight, in particular, can help to spread and possibly suck the boards (where the edges of the floor are higher than those in the center), and sunlight can also speed up the tones and darkening process of some finishes soils. Sun-filtering shades, blinds, patio ceilings, and awnings can be effective in slowing this process.
Additional strategies for caring for your wooden floor include cleaning up spills immediately, placing floor protectors on furniture legs, keeping your pet’s nails trimmed, and removing high heels. before walking on a wooden floor.
Newly finished floors require special attention
Although a floor can be walked on after the initial hardening of your newly finished floor covering, some care is still necessary. The curing process can take from days to several weeks depending on the coating option chosen and the weather conditions at the time of application, and using the floor before full cure has been achieved may result in an increased tendency to scratch. and scratches.
To help maintain your wooden floor, rugs should not be laid until the floor finish is fully cured and rubber-backed rugs should never be used as they tend to stain and affect floors. applied coatings.
While lightweight furniture can be replaced and used during this time, protective pads should be placed on the furniture legs, and the furniture should be lifted up and not slide across the floor. Caster wheels should also not be used until the finish has hardened as they can score softer woods and cause premature wear.
Heavy items such as refrigerators should be placed with care and at no time should they be dragged on newly finished or fully cured floors. You should also avoid walking on newly finished floors in athletic shoes or high heels.
Wooden floors require regular cleaning
Establishing a regular cleaning schedule will go a long way toward keeping your wooden floors in tip top condition, and there are many things that affect how often you need to clean your floors. These include the degree of gravel present, the level and type of foot traffic, and the general conditions of the area outside your home.
Regular maintenance of the wooden floor can be done with an antistatic mop, as it provides an effective way to collect sand and dust; Continuous walking on dirty floor will quickly damage the finish. Wood floors can also be swept or vacuumed, however vacuum brushes should be checked regularly to make sure they are not worn. Contact with the metal head on your wooden floors can cause scratches, so soft head vacuums are recommended.
Wooden floors can also benefit from a biweekly or monthly wet mop. This provides an effective deep cleaning and should be done with a PH neutral parquet cleaner or a product recommended by the finish manufacturer. Steam cleaning is not recommended as it can result in peeling, whitening and / or cloudiness of finishes.
Be careful when using cleaning products
Sometimes stubborn marks and stains can be removed with a light scrub with a parquet cleaner, but it is always recommended to test an isolated area of your parquet to verify the cleaner’s compatibility with the coating. of your soil.
However, in terms of general wood floor maintenance, you should only use the cleaners recommended by your wood floor manufacturer, as coating properties vary widely from one wood floor to another. As a general rule of thumb, NEVER use bleach, strong detergents, abrasive cleaners, turpentine, kerosene, steel wool, or abrasive rags on your floors.
How can professionals help?
Wooden floors are subject to different “wear patterns”, however it is in the areas of greatest wear and tear that your floor will show signs of professional maintenance. In terms of wood floor maintenance, some floors may need a polish to improve their appearance, and others may need sanding and coating to restore them to their former glory.
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