Five Tips to Maintain Your Timber Floor

by admin on March 22, 2015 with 6 comments

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Timber floors are Sydney’s favourite type of flooring, and it makes sense to look after this investment by looking after them.

Timber is just like many other flooring choices in that it can be damaged if it is not cared for correctly. For instance, some kinds of cleaning products are not at all suitable for timber, and should be avoided if you want your floor look great for a long, long time.

Avoid Drowning Your Floor

While many people mop their floors with a very wet mop, this is not the best way to clean a timber floor. Timber absorbs moisture and swells, so if there is any tiny break in the protective finish, the timber will swell and crack, or warp. Therefore, it is best to sweep or vacuum on a regular basis and only damp mop your floors about every second month.

You can spot clean obvious marks with a damp cloth and wipe dry immediately – and only use cleaning products that are suitable for timber floors.

If liquid is spilled on the floor, wipe it up quickly.

Get Rid of Grit

‘Air cleaning’ means simply using a vacuum cleaner on your floor. But its important to not use the rotating brush attachment or any carpet attachments. Only use a hard floor attachment when air cleaning your floor. And do it often because grit is one thing that will act like sandpaper, rubbing the shine off the finish and causing it to look patchy and worn.

Bring on the Mats

Using mats at entry points will help to keep grit or dirt off the floor, as it will usually rub off shoes or bare feet into the pile when you walk on it. But make sure that they are not completely backed with rubber, which can cause dull patches on the floor. A combination of felt and rubber is better.

Avoid Steam

Steam is hot and wet; it can ruin the finish on a timber floor and cause warping and cracking. If you must use it, choose the lowest setting on the steamer and be sure to dry the floor afterwards if it looks wet. Make sure there is plenty of cross-ventilation to help the floor dry quickly. Use a fan if you have to.

No Sunbaking

It is not only bad for you but bad for your floor, so keep those curtains or blinds closed if the sun is shining in the windows. Hot sun can fade the colour of your floor and also dry out the finish.

With simple care, your timber flooring will still look great after many years, and will continue to add warmth and value to your home.

6 responses to “Five Tips to Maintain Your Timber Floor”

  1. Amberlee says:

    At last, somneoe comes up with the “right” answer!

  2. Burt Silver says:

    Thanks for the tips for taking care of a timber floor. My wife and I are excited to have a new timber floor put in soon, and it would be nice if we knew how to take care of them first. I like that you mentioned to avoid steam cleaning because it can ruin the finish. I will keep that in mind.

  3. Marcus Coons says:

    Thank you so much for talking about the importance of avoiding steam on your timber woods. I can see that keeping this in mind while cleaning them can help you avoid getting them damped with water and shorten their life. My wife wants to install new flooring in our house before we sell it so that its value can increase, so I’ll make sure to share this website with her.

  4. We just go wood flooring put in our living area and kitchen, so we want to keep it in good shape. I love that you talk about not getting the floor wet, and that sweeping and vacuum are sufficient, only using a damp towel every couple months. I’m sure it would be expensive to fix a warped floor, so I’m going to make sure to keep it in as good of condition as possible.

  5. Kyle Winters says:

    I agree, mats are a great way to help reduce some of the wear and tear that timber floors can take over time. At the very least, they’re helpful with keeping mud and dirt off of them. Of course, if you have pets or small children, then you may need to take some extra effort with keeping the flooring looking nice.

  6. I am looking to have some wood floors installed in my kitchen this summer. I would love to get tips on keeping things in the best shape I can. Using mats in high traffic areas are probably the best way of preserving those spots, I like that idea.

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