A Guide to Wooden Flooring Care and Maintenance: Keeping Your Floors Gleaming for Years

Wooden flooring adds timeless beauty and warmth to any home or office space.  Caring for wooden floors is not complicated. However, there are a few simple rules that you should follow to ensure that your floors retain their luster and durability for many years to come. In this guide, we'll share valuable tips and insights on how to care for, and maintain your wooden floors, allowing you to enjoy their natural elegance and charm for a lifetime. 

Regular Cleaning 

Regular cleaning is the foundation of WOODEN FLOOR maintenance. Follow these steps to keep your floors clean and free from dirt and debris:

1. Sweep or vacuum the floor daily to remove loose dirt and dust.
2. Use a microfiber mop or a soft, dry cloth to wipe away fine particles.
3. Avoid excessive moisture when cleaning, as standing water can damage the wood. Use a damp (not wet) mop or cloth for a deeper clean when necessary, ensuring you dry the floor thoroughly afterward.
4. When cleaning and maintaining wooden floors, use only products recommended by the manufacturer. Clean&Care  and  ReNEW  are specially formulated for oiled and waxed wood. They gently clean the floor and protect it from moisture and dirt. Bear in mind that the use of inappropriate products can visibly damage the surface.   

Prevent Scratches and Dents

WOODEN FLOORS  are prone to scratches and dents, but there are measures you can take to minimize their occurrence:

1. Place doormats at entryways to trap dirt and grit before it reaches your floors.
2. Use furniture pads or felt protectors under the legs of your furniture to prevent scratches caused by movement.
3. Do not place the pots directly on the floor. Moisture can accumulate on the floor, causing mold and damage to the floor.
4. Avoid dragging heavy objects across the floor. Instead, lift and carry them to prevent dents or gouges.
5. Beware of carpets with a non-slip layer on the underside. Over time, it can stick to the surface of the wooden floor and damage it. 

Protect from Sunlight

Direct sunlight can fade and discolour wooden floors over time. To protect your floor from sun damage:

1. Close curtains or blinds during peak sunlight hours to reduce UV exposure.
2. Consider using UV-protective window films or installing awnings to block harmful rays.
3. Rotate area rugs or furniture periodically to prevent uneven fading. 

Address Spills Immediately

Spills happen, but quick action is crucial to prevent staining or warping of the wood:

1. Blot any liquid spills immediately with a clean, dry cloth. Never allow liquids to dry or soak.
2. For sticky substances, gently scrape them off using a plastic scraper or fingernail. Wipe the area with a damp cloth afterward, ensuring it's dried thoroughly.
3. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the finish or penetrate the wood.    

Periodic Maintenance and renovation

In addition to regular cleaning, periodic treatment and renovation will keep your oak floors looking their best:

1. You can revitalize your floor every few months. If your floor looks dull, dry, or unprotected, it may be time to treat it. Use ReNEW Oil Emulsion in fourfold concentration. That is a quick and easy solution for dry surfaces. More heavily used floors, such as those in the kitchen or corridors, will also appreciate this treatment.
2. If liquid stains form on the surface, we recommend a professional application of polished ReNEW, treatment with oil spray, or re-oiling with special oil. A professional or flooring supplier must carry out these treatments.
3. Liquid stains that cannot be removed with the Clean&Care solution often disappear gradually. Wood has a certain self-cleaning effect. Some stains will disappear on their own over time.
4. If some of the liquid remains on the floor and the area is not cleaned up quickly enough (the liquid will stain the floor), the damaged area can be polished lightly and oiled with an oil of a suitable colour once the wood has dried properly.
5. If the top layer of the floor is mechanically damaged (cracks, scratches, holes, deformation), do not hesitate to  CONTACT US. Anything can get solved. It is easy for the manufacturer to deal with the renovation and repair of wooden floors and bring them back to their original beauty. 

What else to look out for?

1. The colour of the floor can change if it is covered with carpet, furniture, or other objects for a long time. After removal, there may be a difference in colour or shade, but this will even out over time. However, do not cover the floor during the hardening period of four weeks after installation.
2. We recommend painting the walls of rooms with wooden floors before installation. That will prevent paint and dust from damaging the floor.
3. When repainting the rooms, make sure that the wooden floor is protected from paint, dust, and scratches from sliding ladders.
4. Before installing a wood floor, any construction work that may generate dust should be completed. However, if the floor is exposed to dust, a surface protection treatment is necessary. For treatment, always consult the floor manufacturer.  Proper care and maintenance are vital for preserving the natural beauty and longevity of your wooden floors.

By following the tips outlined in this guide, you can ensure your floors remain stunning and inviting for years to come. Remember, a little extra effort goes a long way when it comes to caring for your wooden floors, allowing you to enjoy their timeless appeal and warmth throughout your home or office space. 

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