The Do’s and Don’ts Timber Floors, specifically the cleaning do’s and don’ts when caring for a timber floor.
The Australasian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA) have released a brochure covering the do’s & don’ts timber floors. So here are there suggestions below.
Sweep regularly with an antistatic dry mop.
Use a soft brush head vacuum.
Use a Damp mop as advised by the coatings manufacturer, often on a fortnightly to monthly basis.
Use only recommended cleaning products.
Apply floor protection to furniture and appliances.
Wipe up spills immediately.
Keep pet nails trimmed.
Lift furniture when moving items.
Use entry rugs and mats yo trap grit.
Move internal rugs regularly.
Use steam mops.** X (DON’T DO IT, we can tell. )
Use a wet mop. X
Use rubber backed rugs. X
Use hard head vacuum cleaners. X
Use warn brushes. X
Use abrasive cleaners. X
Use silicone sprays. X (Don’t do it, we can tell.)
Wear stillettos*, sports or work footwear. X *(Includes hubby, tell him NO!)
Use steel wool or other abrading products. X
With the growing popularity of steam mops (Including dry steam) it should be noted such devices may create distortion in the boards, can soften coatings and finsishes or alter the look of your floor. Never use steam mops on timber floors. Never!
If you would like to read more about coatings read this article, Think twice about finishes.
When damp mopping, it needs to be as dry as possible so ensure the mop is well wrung out. Never leave water residue on the floor.
Sand and grit are an enemy to timber floors, these small particles act like sandpaper scratching the floor.
Some commercial cleaning products may be a skin or breathing irritant, check the product safety advice. Wear gloves and use the product in a well-ventilated area.
Any spills, drips, drops or sprays should be cleaned up immediately.
When cleaning agents are too concentrated they will attack the coating and leave a permanently dull mark.
Always check the cleaning agent is pH neutral, and test any cleaner on an inconspicuous area of the floor before general use.
Some stains may have penetrated the coating and cannot be removed. For these please read, Damaged timber floors.