Wooden floors are beautiful. They lend a warm and refined charm to any room. Unlike vinyl or linoleum, wood is a natural material, requiring special care to maintain its natural lustre. This article explains how best to clean wooden floors and avoid potential damage.
Do's and Don'ts of Cleaning Wooden Floors 1. Do's and Don'ts of Cleaning Wooden Floors
Wooden floors come in many varieties, colours and finishes. Depending on the varnish and hardness of the wood, some floors are more sensitive to scratches or stains than others. If you pay attention to the special demands of wood you can maintain beautiful flooring for a long time. Excess water and spills can cause permanent stains. You should therefore remove any wet spills right away and thoroughly dry the area. If the varnish is ruined by too much water, consider fixing it as soon as possible for it tends to get worse with time. Another thing to remember: don’t move furniture or heavy objects across the floor; carry them properly or use gliding furniture pads instead. Furniture pads under table and chair legs further reduce the risk of scratches. For chairs there are even small "leg socks" available. If possible don’t wear high heels; they might dent the floor. Or use carpets in highly frequented areas to minimise the risk of potential damage. However, when using a carpet the wood below the carpet will be affected differently compared to areas of the floor that receive direct day light. This is caused by the impact of ultraviolet radiation in natural light.
Touch Wood the Right Way 2. Touch Wood the Right Way
Regular cleaning is essential for maintaining the beauty of your wooden floors. Sweep or dust your floors at least once a week with a soft bristle broom. Spills and tracked-in dirt should be cleaned right away, that way you are able to avoid scratching by dirt, grit or sand. When vacuuming use a soft brush attachment. For wet cleaning, flat mops are the tool of choice. We recommend a slightly damp mop to prevent excess water from seeping into the wood and seams. There seem to be big differences in the way different nationalities approach these cleaning issues. For example in Sweden, people use a trigger spray to slightly moisten the pad of their flat mops. In Germany people tend to dip the pad of their mops in water and rinse it, consequently the pad is much wetter. Try the Swedish method in combination with a Microfibre Flat Mop Pad - this works well. Also, avoid prolonged contact with the floor. If necessary, dry afterwards with a soft cloth. Do you need to get rid of hardened candle wax? First soften the wax with a blow dryer, then wipe away with a cloth. Ink stains can be removed with a thin layer of toothpaste. Afterwards clean with a water and vinegar mixture. You want to use a new detergent but are unsure how it affects the surface? Use it on a small inconspicuous area first and see how it turns out. Some floors require regular waxing or polishing. Ask the manufacturer about the best cleaning and care procedures.
Finally, we receive a great deal of questions about the use of Microfibre on wooden floors. People are uncertain whether they can use it safely or whether it removes layers of the floor. Extensive long term studies examining this issue, undertaken in cooperation with our floor specialist partners HARO and TARKETT, have shown that this is a perfectly safe procedure and there are no negative side effects.