With proper maintenance, natural wood flooring is one of the long lasting materials you can find on the market today; this is the greatest advantage of wood flooring. It is also easy to clean and maintain. While spills and stains on a light-coloured carpet can be a veritable disaster, on a wood floor you can simply wipe them away using a dust mop, soft broom or vacuum cleaner.
Usually, regular dry cleaning is enough to keep the wooden floor clean, although spots can be removed with a damp cloth or a well-wrung mop, using as little water as possible. For deeper cleaning, you must first identify what type of wood finish you’re working with. Many different types of wood finishes are used on floors and they all need to be cleaned using diverse methods and appropriate cleaning products.
What are the different types of wood floor finishes?
Apresto finishes: pros and cons
The Apresto and Apresto Mate wood flooring ranges have a lacquered surface. The varnish used is hard-wearing and protects the wood flooring from stains. It requires no maintenance. However, extra care has to be taken to avoid scratching the varnish as the scratches tend to be visible and difficult to repair. Protective pads on the underside of furniture legs and removing outdoor footwear when you enter the house are recommended.
Natur finishes: pros and cons
The Natur and Natur Plus wood flooring ranges have an oiled finish. This helps to highlight the grain in the wood and makes the flooring warmer to the touch. Wear & tear is more easily disguised as re-oiling the floor nourishes the wood and scratches blend in with the natural texture of the surface. In this respect oiled floors age more naturally. However, cleaning strips the oil from the wood and if incorrect cleaners are used and proper maintenance is not performed, an oiled wood floor is more sensitive to liquid spillages and staining.
How to clean varnished wood flooring?
Use a dust mop on a daily basis and minimise the number of times the wood flooring is wet cleaned. If using a wet mop ensure that it is slightly damp. No excess water should be left on the surface of the wood. Wipe up spillages immediately. Use a neutral cleaner such as Clean & Green Active.
How to clean oiled wooden floor?
As in the previous case, use a dust mop on a daily basis and minimise the number of times the wood flooring is wet cleaned. If using a wet mop ensure that it is slightly damp. No excess water should be left on the surface of the wood. Important to use a cleaning product designed for oiled wood floors. Also important to use a maintenance oil such as Clean & Green Aqua Oil to periodically to re-nourish the wood and ensure that it retains the oil it needs to protect it from spillages. Wipe up spillages immediately.
How to maintain the wooden floor as well as new?
You will be able to enjoy your floor as if it was the first day for a very long time if you follow our top tips:
- Avoid stepping directly on the wood flooring in footwear, especially if shoes are wet ore they contain gravel, soil or mud residue. We recommend placing a doormat at the entrance.
- Be particularly careful with footwear (e.g., high heeled shoes can mark the floor).
- Avoid hitting the wooden floor with hard objects and put non-slip caps or felt pads under the furniture legs, especially for heavy furniture, to prevent scratches. Be especially cautious when moving furniture. Do not drag it.
- When liquid spills on the floor, clean it and dry it immediately, as water can seep between the boards.
- Protect the floor from direct sunlight as this could damage it and darken it prematurely.
- Do not stick masking tapes, or similar tapes, on the floor as the solvents within the adhesive react with varnishes applied to the wood floors, and may damage the surface.
- Ventilate the room regularly, to reduce moisture and prevent the swelling and/or deformation of the planks.
- Keep your home at a constant temperature, not too hot or cold, and keep humidity levels to a minimum.
- In the case of temporary-use homes or apartments, we recommend using the heating gradually until it reaches the desired temperature.
- In the case of homes that will remain closed during long periods of time, we recommend monitoring these parameters in particular and taking special care that you have perfect insulation against potential water leaks from outside.