General Floor Care
The floor is installed. Now its everyday life, with all its challenges, begins. Stiletto heels and dirty or wet shoes put the floor to the test, time and time again.
When it comes to maintenance, prevention is better than cure. The need for maintenance depends on a number of factors and varies from case to case. More regular maintenance is required on floors where there is greater wear,
such as where people walk with outdoor shoes. It becomes evident when a floor needs maintenance since it starts to feel more difficult to clean than before. The following are a few general tips and rules to protect and give the floor a longer life.
• Floors of wood/wood materials need a healthy room climate, ie a temperature of approximately 200C and a relative air humidity of 50-65%. If the humidity is too low, gaps or cracks can occur while the floor can swell or arch if the humidity is too high.
• Always use the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning products. They are
specially matched to the floor. Never use soft soap, hard soap or a scouring agent (they attack the surface) or furniture polishes or other film forming cleaning agents.
• Make sure there is a correctly-designed entrance and an effective wiping-off system. If possible, provide a scraping-off grating first, then a coarse mat outside followed by a textile mat inside any external door that removes moisture and fine grit. The best entrance design makes it possible to walk at least three steps on each mat – the more the better. This method, not only saves the floor, but also makes day-to-day cleaning easier. The cost that is incurred in designing a good entrance pays for itself many times over as a consequence of lower maintenance costs.
• Loose dirt and sand should be removed immediately with a vacuum cleaner, mop, soft broom or dust cloth.
• Normal dirt can be wiped off with a damp cloth. Always wipe lengthways along the floor planks with a well wrung-out cloth. Consumer Information Service Wood Flooring Maintenance
• Attach felt gliders (not metal pads as these can cause marks on wood flooring) to chairs and all furniture to avoid unnecessary marks and scratches to the floor.
• Use soft castors especially with engineered wood floors. Hard castors affect the surface like emery paper. The point loading and the circulation of the castors
destroys the melamine resin layer of the laminate.
• When conducting maintenance, it is best to move the furniture to one half of the room, treat the cleared area, and wait 1-2 hours. All the furniture is then moved to the other half and the treatment is repeated on the rest of the floor.
• Subsequent maintenance can be done on the parts of the floor surface where it is really needed, such as areas where people walk. Maintenance work does not necessarily mean, therefore, that all the furniture must be moved out of the room. The surface dirt’s resistance, along with its resistance to moisture and durability, increases each time maintenance is done. Thus the need for maintenance decreases over time.
• Clean the floor thoroughly. If there is dirt on the floor when maintenance is done,
it may be difficult to remove later. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance procedure.
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