Timber Flooring – Cleaning and Maintenance

April 17th, 2020

Timber flooring is one of the most sought-after flooring choices on the market due to its high durability, timeless appeal and incredible longevity. As a homeowner, your actions also influence how long your timber flooring will last – more specifically, how you clean and maintain your wooden surfaces.

Discover some of the best tips and techniques for ensuring a top-quality timber floor for years to come.

Routine Timber Floor Cleaning

Giving your timber floors a regular once-over with a dry mop or broom is all it takes to keep dust, dirt and debris at bay throughout the day. How many times a week you choose to undertake this simple task depends on the amount of foot traffic your hardwood floor sees.

If you’re looking to give a more thorough clean, you may naturally reach for the vacuum. While your Dyson is ideal for removing trapped particles from crevices between planks, you must ensure the correct attachment is used.

Rotating brushes have the potential to scratch wooden floors while beater bars can damage the surface. Reduce the risk of wear and tear by using a canister vacuum. With a long floor brush attachment, you can give a deep clean without the worry of damaging your timber surfaces.

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Periodic Cleaning of Timber Floors

Today, many finished timber floors come complete with a sealed protective top coat which preserves its beauty and protects planks from everyday wear and tear. Over time, especially in high traffic rooms, it’s natural for the top coat to lessen.

Thankfully, homeowners can maintain a well-sealed timber floor by polishing every few months. Not only is polishing a great way to clean hardwood floors, it also renews and refreshes its finish.

There are many polishes to choose from in retailers, but always seek the advice of a professional at Solomons Flooring to ensure you have the best product for your floor type.

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Preventive Measures When Maintaining Timber Flooring

Maintaining an attractive timber flooring is easy when you put the best preventative measures in place:

Keeping direct sunlight exposure to a minimum is ideal as UV rays can discolour and accelerate the ageing of wood. Sultan’s Blinds and Shutters have a whole range of window furnishing options which are great for this job.
Placing floor pads underneath furniture can prevent damage and dents to your timber flooring.
Cleaning up spills and other liquids is necessary as water and timber do not mix. Exposure to high levels of moisture can cause planks to split and swell.

For more information on how to keep your timber flooring looking as good as new for years to come, call into your local Solomons Flooring showroom and chat to a member of the team. Solomons Flooring offer a free shop at home service so you can see all of the best timber options in the comfort of your own home. Make an enquiry today!

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