Caring for wood floors

Caring for wood floors

Written by Matt

How to Maintain a Finished Wood Floor?

Caring for wood floors can be quick and easy with the right products and information. No matter what kind of wood floor or finish you have, specific steps must be taken to maintain a new or existing wood floor. Regular maintenance requires no more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, microfiber mop, or vacuuming with a soft floor attachment. A wood floor cleaning product is recommended for excessively dirty and greasy floors or surface build-up from products that contain acrylic waxes. Vancouver Island Floor Finishing recommends a floor cleaner from our store for all newly finished floors.

Newly finished floors:

Walking on floors is generally recommended after 24 hours when using water-based finishes. It may be possible to walk on floors sooner. Vancouver Island Floor Finishing will inform you when to enter the completed areas. Replacing furniture is recommended after a minimum of 24 hours. Household items must NEVER be dragged or slid across any finished wood floors. We also Recommend not covering floors with rugs for 1-2 weeks. If needed, while completing other trade work, we recommend laying fresh drop cloths, cardboard sheeting, or similar protective coverings over the entire floor while finishing carpentry, painting, etc.

Floors finished with our water-based surface coatings take at least 30 – 60 days to cure, depending on surrounding conditions. Therefore, treating your new floor finish with love and care early will minimize premature scratching and scuff marks.

Vigorous air circulation is essential to help the curing process. As soon as practically possible(after the coating has tacked off), open windows and doors and use fans(if available) to assist fresh air circulation.

General Floor Maintenance Guide:

 

 

 

  1. Vacuum / Electrostatic Dust Mop: Sand and grit will cause premature wear. Placing walk-off mats inside and outside key entry points and near kitchen sinks will help prevent the spread of such material. Regular vacuuming and sweeping will keep premature wearing to a minimum.
  2. Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floor finishes. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood floors to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
  3. Do not wet mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood(excess moisture) and leave a discolouring residue. Wipe up all spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
  4. Do not wash your newly coated floor for approximately six weeks, allowing ample time to cure and harden the finish.
  5. Do not wax a wood floor. If the floor dulls, it may be time for a re-coat. Ask us about a re-coat before the finishing system wears out. Once the top 2 coats of your finish have worn out at key entry points, it may result in complete resurfacing of the surrounding areas. We recommend walking mats at key entry points after the floor has been cured.
  6. Fit felt floor protector pads under the legs of all furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.
  7. Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes, and high heels. An exposed heel or nail can exert up to 3,500kg/sq.cm. This kind of impact can dent any solid or engineered wood floor surface. Rubber soled/sports shoes, if passed across the floor surface quickly, will most likely result in scuffing the surface.
  8. Trim your pet’s claws often to prevent minor scratches and dents in the wood and finishing systems.
  9. Clean up spills immediately with damp cloths or paper towels, as excessive water use can alter the moisture content of wood flooring. Regular cleaning should be done with our recommended floor cleaner or floor cleaner concentrate diluted with warm water to achieve the best results. Do not use household cleaning products on your site-coated wood floor.
  10. Even the most well-maintained floors will eventually require re-coating. Contact us to arrange a re-coat before excessive deterioration of the coating system and prevent the need for re-sanding and resurfacing.
  11. When moving heavy furniture and appliances, do not slide them on the wood flooring. It is best to completely pick up your furniture and appliances to protect the wood floor finish. We suggest using a dolly system when replacing or moving heavy items, including fridges and appliances. Alternatively, lay protective coverings under items you wish to move, such as thin-ply wood products.
  12. Using a humidifier throughout the winter can also keep the wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.

Cleaning products

Please talk to me during, after, or before I have completed your floors for all protective and maintenance products. I am happy to provide all the necessary items to care for your floors. For general cleaning, please use a damp microfiber-style mop and warm water, and for deep cleaning, I recommend Loba Floor Cleaner Concentrate. When mixed at the recommended ratio of 50:1, this cleaner concentrate produces up to 5 years of cleaning power(once per month on a small home). This PH-balanced floor cleaner is excellent at breaking down grease, oils, and other “sticky” substances common on floors. Unlike other floor cleaners, Loba floor cleaner concentrate has no acrylic waxes (which build up and dull floors) and leaves a streak-free floor once dry. I supply this product for free delivery to clients in Nanaimo via my shop page. BC shipping is also offered when purchasing from our store page for other areas of Vancouver Island.

 

 

 

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