Many people when considering re-finishing their wooden floors have concerns regarding the mess involved. It’s true in the bad old days floor sanding was a messy job. However technology now ensures that the process is as clean and stress free as possible, offering a system that is virtually 99% dust-free. There is no need to protect furniture etc with plastic covers and other rooms do not need to be sealed off. The machinery we use is leading edge in its field and gives not only a beautiful finish to wooden floors but leaves client’s properties in the condition they were found….except with better floors ! Give us a call for more details on how we can achieve this for you.
Cleaning Your Wooden Floor
We are often asked for advice on the best way to clean and maintain a wooden floor. As wood is a natural product it needs protection and maintenance in similar ways as we would look after our skin. We use products to moisturise and protect our skin, to keep it looking young and protect it from the stresses of day to day living. Similarly wood is sensitive to differences in temperature, fluctuations in humidity and also the effects of UV rays from the sun. Therefore our wooden floors need ongoing protection and careful maintenance. Just as you would not just rub any old product into your skin the same should apply to your wooden floor and the type of products you use to maintain and clean it.
Day to day cleaning should consist of little more than sweeping with a soft bristle brush or vacuuming with a soft floor attachment. Periodically however your floors should be cleaned with a professional floor cleaning product. Lacquered finished floors are very robust and as much as it’s possible to clean them with a mop, water and all-purpose cleaner this can often have a detrimental effect of the long-term appearance and performance of the finish on the wood. We would always recommend cleaning the floor with a professional cleaning product. We like to use the cleaning kits from Bona which come complete with applicator and cleaning fluid. Similarly Oil based finishes should be cleaned with appropriate products.
Some other tips to help maintain the finish on your wooden floor include:
• Use door mats or rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
• Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
• Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
• When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to prevent scratches.