Right, so now you have paid to have beautiful wood floors. Not quite the same as carpets, when it’s out with the hoover and stain remover when the wine is spilt, the dog leaves muddy paw marks or the kids drop the food off the plates.
Many make the beginner’s mistake of cleaning their floor with agents that are too harsh, which can mar or damage a floor's finish. The result can be a nightmare! Using harsh chemicals and abrasives can scuff, scratch or even remove your floor's finish and gloss. When this occurs, the typical solution is to strip the floor of its remaining finish and resurface it, a process which is timely and somewhat costly. Instead, let's focus on some not-so-drastic cleaning and maintenance procedures, things you can do on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis to insure the lustre and beauty of your home's hardwood flooring surfaces. So now if you’re not sure how to clean them or maintain them then you’re not alone. How do you keep your floors looking at their best? The answer is simple, although not necessarily obvious to most. While maintaining a wood floor may be a little more laborious than a vinyl or composite floor, the key is upkeep, namely cleaning your floor often and thoroughly - but not too thoroughly.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT! Solid hardwood floors are among the easiest to keep clean. Protect their warmth and character with simple, everyday cleaning techniques. It’s important to know how to prevent damage to your solid hardwood floors. By following these simple maintenance guidelines you will maintain the natural beauty of the floor. You should always remember, wood is a natural product; its looks will improve as the floor matures. By following these simple guidelines your Hardwood Floor will remain attractive and give many years of use.
ROUTINE MAINTENANCE: Dirt and Grit are the enemies of all Wooden Floors. Make sure that a sturdy doormat is in place both inside and outside all exterior access doorways. Sharp objects can damage your floor. Always protect the floor by using felt pads on furniture legs. Don’t forget that pet’s claws, stiletto heels and sharp objects can scratch and damage the floor.
VACUUM & DAMP CLEAN: Today regular maintenance is little more than sweeping with a soft brush or vacuuming with the correct hardwood floor attachment. The reward for following a simple maintenance routine is a floor that will last the lifetime of a home or business. Use a Vacuum cleaner on a daily basis. This will remove dirt and grit and save it from scratching the floor surface. Remember, you must never use too much water on wooden floors. Standing water should be removed immediately. . Periodically washing with Osmo Wash & Care wood floor cleaner with a very well wrung mop, say once a week; Occasional cleaning with Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner to rejuvenate the floor by topping up the wax content, perhaps every three to four months. Then top up with Osmo hardwax oil, first cleaning the floor and then adding one thin coat.
STAINS: As with all floor coverings stains should be removed whilst they are still wet. After removal of the stain wipe the floor with a clean damp cloth.
RE-SEALING / REJUVENATING: After a period of time you may find that in some areas (entranceways, high traffic areas etc.) the floor starts to look dull. In the first instance use a Refinisher. With correct maintenance your Hardwood Floor will give many years of use, adding a warmth and beauty. Solid hardwood floors are among the easiest to keep clean. Protect their warmth and character with simple, everyday cleaning techniques.
FLOOR CLEANERS: We have an excellent selection of floor cleaners, which not only help keep your wood floor looking great, but are hugely important to the maintenance and longevity of your wood floor. We have cleaners suitable for oiled floors and lacquered floors, as well as mops and cleaning kits all designed to make maintaining your wood floor effortless Solid hardwood floors are among the easiest to keep clean. Protect their warmth and character with simple, everyday cleaning techniques. Periodically a wood floor should be washed with a professional wood floor cleaning product as recommended by a wood flooring contractor or wood finish manufacturer. If in doubt contact us and we will be pleased to advise. Gradually, you get to know your floors distinct personality -- visual harmonies, the traces of history in the forest and in your home!
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