Maintaining Your Wood Floor
Keep your Engineered Wood Flooring dry
While an engineered floor may cope better with moisture than a solid one, this does not mean it can be allowed to get soaking wet. When cleaning the floor only limited amounts of water should be used, so a mop should be slightly damp rather than dripping wet. Similarly, standing water should not be left on the surface.
Scratches and Dents
As with any wooden floor, there is the danger of scratches or dents. Items to avoid include stiletto heels or contact with abrasive furniture. Castors and table legs can be isolated from the surface by placing furniture pads underneath, preventing damage. Also, dust can cause damage if it is allowed to build up, by inflicting minute scratches that build up damage over time.
This should be swept, mopped or vacuumed up frequently and you can limit the amount of dirt or grit getting on to the floor in the first instance with well-placed mats.
Hardwood floors can be sanded to remove any surface blemishes but because an engineered floor has only a veneer of real wood, this can only be done two or three times. This makes prevention of damage even more important than with a hardwood floor.
** If in doubt! Please contact your floor supplier**
Spills and Stains
Spillages should be dealt with quickly for two reasons. As mentioned above, there is the issue of the effects of water in making wood expand. Also, chemicals like ink, blood or wine are more likely to leave a stain if they are allowed to dry. If your floor has a lacquered or oiled finish, this may give some protection against such staining. Some kinds of coating actually harden over time, making them easier to clean and maintain, but be prepared to coat it with a new layer if this does wear off.
If you have a lacquered wood floor, we recommend that you use lacquer soap on the product as soon as it is installed, as this will help it with the hardening process. Thereafter, wood cleaner and lacquer care can be used to help keep the floor in top condition If in doubt! Please contact us! We will be happy to help!
Exposed to Natural Light
The tannin in oak will allow change of colour in the timber. it is expected for there to be shadow lines in real wood flooring that has not been exposed to natural light, affected areas are normally where rugs and flat based furniture are placed for long periods of time, it is advisable to move furniture and rugs frequently.
The floor is expected to expand and contract through variants in the room temperature. To ensure neither the room must be kept at a moderate room temperature of between 16 and 26 degrees celsius. 35 - 55% relative room humidity and wood moisture content of between 10 & 16%
For daily cleaning we recommend Osmo Wash and Care or Bona Floor Cleaner following the instructions on the products.
Engineered wood flooring will, if looked after properly, stand the test of time and be a beautiful addition to your office or home. By following the right measures to maintain the floor and prevent damage, you will ensure that it stays looking great for many years.
Re Sealing Your Floor
All wood floors require future coat’s of oil or lacquer. Please speak to your supplier to confirm the finish on the floor and how regularly it should be re coated. Commercial floors should be every one to two years to avoid re sanding and finishing.