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How To Care For And Clean Wood Flooring

Posted by: Steven McKim

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Of the various flooring solutions you can fit in your home or workplace, wood is a popular choice. Regardless if you have decided to fit solid, engineered or laminate wood flooring, the manner in which you care for the floor will impact its service life immensely. Professional cleaners and property maintenance experts are well aware of the correct procedure to clean and protect wood. These tips and others are listed in this handy guide to wood flooring care.

Cleaning Wood Flooring:

New owners of wood flooring often use incorrect methods in cleaning the wood. This causes irreversible damage and might mean further costs down the line. Your safest options are hiring a professional cleaner or adopting the following methods.

Clear The Area – Clearing the area before cleaning the surface makes the job easier. However, damage from moving heavy objects that have been dragged on the surface is all too common. Either ask for a helping hand or best leave heavy objects in their place.

Hoover or Sweep – Dust, sand and dirt should be removed from the surface. If the room is small, a basic domestic broom will do the job well. For larger areas, we recommend using a hoover with a soft extension. Before either the broom makes contact with the floor, or the wheels of the hoover do clean them as they often contain dirt that can be transferred onto the floor.

Clean The Surface – The biggest mistake new owners of wood flooring make is using excess water. When wood flooring is fitted, an *expansion gap around the perimeter of your room is left. This tiny gap of around 15mm allows the wood to contract (in cold temperatures) or expand (in hot temperatures). Drenching the floor in water allows water to reach the underlay thereby causing damp and damage to the wood and underlay. You can prevent it by using the least amount of water needed, or even better using a damp cloth. Instead of pouring buckets of water on the surface, simply wet a cloth remove any excess water and go over the surface.

* Note - If you don't allow for an appropriate expansion gap in your flooring, the effects could be catastrophic. When wood flooring expands and touches a wall or door frame (known as a "pinch point"), there is pressure placed on the boards causing them to rise. An expansion gap ensures that no damage is done to the wall or door frames in the process.

Dedicated Cleaners – Specialised formulae cleaners are great at breaking down certain types of residue (food, drink or even mud) and some even leave a layer of protection behind. Use the same method as above (e.g. avoiding pouring excess liquid) and ensure that the formulae suites your type of wood and finish.

Prevention Steps:

There are certain steps you can take to reduce damage to the wood. These are called prevention steps as they eliminate certain types of common damage as well as designed to shorten the time it takes to clean the floor.

Furniture Pads – Heavy objects that are placed on the floor such as heavy furniture can damage the wood by leaving pressure marks as well as slight scuffs when the object is moved. Placing furniture pads where the object makes contact with the floor is a great way to completely prevent such wear and tear.

Doormats – When placed at the entrance and exit of the property, doormats are great at capturing dirt and preventing dust from settling in. In the absence of doormats dirt is not collected and comes into contact with the floor. As a result of foot traffic on the surface and pressure, grains of dirt can scuff the wood over time. Any, even the most basic doormat will reduce such damage considerably.

The cleaning and care tips in this article will ensure you enjoy your wood flooring for many years. For more information, contact MKM Cleaning Ltd.

This blog article was written for MKM Cleaning Ltd by Wood and Beyond. Wood and Beyond are London based hardwood merchants offering wood floors, kitchen worktops and decking.



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