General Information about Caring for Your Floor
With the wide range of timbers, grades and constructions, there is also a broad range of finishes and coatings to achieve your specific design visions.
Now that you have a stunning new timber floor, please be aware that it takes a certain measure of care and regular maintenance to preserve the integrity and lifespan of your floor. ONE cleaning product or method does not suit ALL.
As timber floors have grown in popularity, many products and ideas about how to clean a timber floor have emerged, though some of these methods are huge DON’T do’s. Some cleaners can attack and damage certain types of floor coatings, so it is important to use the methods and products that are specified by the manufacturer of your floor finish. We provide cleaning instructions on completion of your job, so you know how to care for your floor properly.
Taking Proper Care of Your Floor
Timber floors vary in ease of maintenance depending on the type of coating used and the severity of wear on the floor. Floors always benefit greatly from regular care and maintenance which will lengthen the life of your flooring.
Oiled and waxed floors will benefit from the more frequent application of such products as oil refreshers, maintenance oil and maintenance soaps which provide additional wear layers to the surface.
NEWLY FINISHED FLOORS
Although a floor may be walked on after initial curing/hardening of the coating, some precautions are necessary until the coating system has fully hardened. This may take several days to several weeks depending on the coating option chosen and weather conditions at the time of flooring application.
PROTECT AGAINST CHANGES IN CLIMATE
PROTECT AGAINST SUN / UV EXPOSURE
PREVENTING UNNECESSARY DAMAGE
MAINTENANCE + CLEANING
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Important Information on Moisture Content and Timber Expansion
- Timber is a natural product that shrinks and/or swells depending on the weather. Therefore, adequate expansion allowance/shrinkage gaps are normal (to a degree) particularly in dry weather and may close during wetter months. Having these allowance gaps is not optional to owner(s) but are necessary to reduce potential swelling and pressure in the floor, and are a natural part of a beautiful timber floor. (Wider boards are more likely to show wider shrinkage gaps than narrower boards.)
- Some owners have purchased dehumidifiers to protect the floor from absorbing this moisture. Owners who take a proactive approach at these times, have lessened or negated problems with their floors especially in the first few years of the floors service.(Refrigerative air conditioning also extracts moisture but is not as effective as dehumidifiers).