Maintaining a Timber Floor

Timber flooring is undoubtably the most beautiful flooring option for any home or office. However, keeping it clean can be challenging. Here are a few handy tips from the leader in Perth timber flooring, Floors of Distinction.

Bibra Lake, Western Australia, July 08, 2016 /PressReleasePing/ – Cleaning Your Timber Floor
Timber floors are an appealing feature for any home. They are the perfect opportunity to add personality to your home and as such people are willing to pay a little more for the quality they provide. Whilst beautiful they are more high maintenance than other flooring options. You need to take a lot of care when cleaning your floor as to not damage it. When using a mop, broom, or a vacuum, you need to make sure that are you are careful otherwise you will scratch up the surface of your flooring. At Floors of Distinction in Perth we’ve seen some of the lengths that people will go to to keep their floors clean.

Prevention is Important
It can be easier to clean if you minimize the amount of dirt and grime that you need to clean. By being smart with things about preventative maintenance, you can cut down the time that you need to clean. One way that you can lessen the amount of dirt that gets on your floor is by putting mats on the floor where the doors are so that people can wipe off their feet as they enter into the home. You should also put mats down in front of the door outside so that people can wipe their feet off before they come into the house. You should also have an area to take off shoes to store them to protect your floor, especially if they are wet.

Cleaning Up
You need to vacuum, dust mop, or sweep up your timber floor on a regular basis. You need to make sure that the vacuum is made specifically for wood floors. Otherwise they can scratch up your floor’s surface. You also need to be careful with the broom that you choose for this purpose as well. If there is not a lot of trash on the floor, you can get away with simply dust mopping your floor instead. This can take you a lot of time versus pulling out a vacuum and a broom and dustpan.

When you decide to mop your floor, make sure that you do a great job wringing out the mop. This mop needs to be as dry as humanly possible while still cleaning all of that stubborn dirt and grime off of the floor. If it is too wet, it can damage your wood floor. If you keep it as dry as possible, the floor will also dry quicker as well. You will also want to follow the grain when mopping. This will ensure that you get all of the embedded dirt from the floor and make mopping a more effective and easier task. Another important thing that you need to think about when you are cleaning up your timber floor is what you clean with. You should never use bleach or ammonia products on your timber flooring. Cleaning wooden floors does not really require much. You can use solutions that are made of water and vinegar or just dish soap. You can even buy wood floor cleaner that is specifically made for your timber floor. Finally, you need to use the right mop. You need to purchase a mop that is made for timber floors. These are usually made with microfiber, which will not scratch up your floor. You should avoid using a steam mop as it could cause damage to your flooring.

Some people opt to wax their floors. If they do, this should be done once a year. If you are someone who likes to wax the surface of your timber floor, than you will want to avoid mopping the floor. Mopping the floor will ruin the waxy surface on your floor. You need to be careful with what you use to clean up the floor. Use a soft cloth with a cleaner that was made for the timber surface.

After Cleaning
You know all about preventative maintenance when it comes to using welcome mats. When it comes to preventative maintenance, you should give your timber flooring a thorough check at least once a year. You should keep an eye out for any water damage. This could cause things like mold and fungus growing if not tended to as soon as possible. If you notice that the floor is wet, you need to turn on the air conditioner, heater, or dehumidifier to help dry it out. You should do your research to make learn how to properly handle these types of issues.

In between cleaning, you need to wipe up any spills that occur with either a paper towel or a dry cloth like a cloth diaper. Do not use other products to clean up your floor that were not made for your flooring as this could cause damage to the coating on surface. You also want to make sure that you do not get any extra moisture on your flooring because this can cause cupping that will ultimately damage your expensive wooden flooring. If there is something sticky that has gotten on your floor, be sure to only used a slightly dampened cloth. This is to make sure that the floor does not get too wet.

Timber flooring is an exquisite addition to any home. As gorgeous as this flooring option is for the home, you want to do whatever you can to make the floor stay beautiful longer. You should really look at these tips so that you know exactly how to take care of your flooring. You need to take special care when it comes to picking out the tools that you use for your floor. The solutions that you use on the surface and the tools that you use to clean your timber flooring are some of the most important considerations that you need to look at when cleaning your floor. Floors of Distinction is located and Perth and is really an expert in this industry. Your flooring has to be perfect to add into the beauty of your home.

Press Contact:
Neil Mason
Floors of Distinction
Shop 6, 10 Discovery Drive, Bibra Lake, Western Australia. 6163