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If you’re investing in a wooden floor you’ll want to know how to keep it well maintained. Here are some handy cleaning tips as well as useful expert advice for polishing your wooden floor.

10 Top Tips to Care For your Wooden Floor

Have you recently invested in a beautiful wooden floor and want to know how to keep it looking fabulous? Or perhaps you’ve noticed the wooden floor you already have needs a little time and effort investing in it to make it look beautiful again.

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First a word about cleaning:

Cleaning

If you clean a wooden floor incorrectly you could cause some serious damage to it, particularly if you overuse water. No matter how well sealed your wooden floor is, it simply won’t stay beautiful or safe if you continually soak it with water.

For Sealed Floors – You can use a mop but ensure you wring it out thoroughly before use, otherwise your wooden floor could swell. You should also try to hoover the floor as often as you can using a hard floor attachment.

Unsealed – You can use a mop on an unsealed floor but you must use the smallest amount of water possible, ensuring the mop head is only damp with water. Hoovering instructions are the same as with sealed floors and you’ll want to take particular care in selecting the right hard floor attachment to use, as unsealed floors are particularly susceptible to damage.

 

Polishing

 

  1. Any particularly worn areas of the floor should be repaired before the polish has completely degraded so that the floor does not experience any permanent damage.
  2. The floor must be cleaned thoroughly before you attempt to polish it, otherwise you may find debris gets trapped in the coating.
  3. Any cleaning product must be completely removed from the surface before you apply any polish. If you don’t remove the residue you will find the polish applied will be more susceptible to water absorption and the finish could be patchy.
  4. Make sure you use a polish stripper on the surface if you need to – never try to put a coating on top of damaged floors or heavily coated floors.
  5. Make sure you use different tools for each job, ensuring no stripper and polish is mixed together as this will affect how well your polish sticks to the floor.
  6. Stick to ammonia free strippers that contain conditioning ingredients.
  7. When you choose a polish to use, try to select products with a high-performance acrylic composition. Using polishes like this will enable you to achieve an even coverage and high quality finish.
  8. Once you are sure the surface has been prepared, apply a very light coating of polish. The product should be in a container that is free from residue or debris. Submerge the applicator in the polish ensuring that it is absorbed, but not dripping.
  9. When you have prepared the applicator, apply the product in straight lines covering the surface evenly. In around 30 minutes your polish should have dried naturally but this very much depends on the conditions in the room – it is important not to apply more layers until the first layer is completely dry.
  10. You should always allow the polish to dry naturally and avoid trying to speed the drying process, otherwise the quality of the finish may be affected.

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