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CARE & MAINTENANCE


How do I seal and protect a hardwood floor?

Your hardwood floor can be sealed and protected either with lacquer (or varnish) or with oil / oil wax. Varnishes form a protective layer on top of the wood whereas oils protect the wood by internally coating the pores of the wood. The wax component of an oil wax gives additional protection to a floor in a similar way to waxed coats.

How often should I oil my floor?

Oiled and oil-waxed floors need ongoing maintenance. Every time you wash an oiled floor you take away some of the oil protection and this will need to be replenished. So how often the floor needs to be oiled will depend on how often the floor is washed. An oiled floor will start to look dry when it needs to be oiled. Make sure you use the right products, consult your hardwood flooring experts and ask them what you should use. They should also offer a maintenance programme for looking after oiled floor.

What’s the best way to clean a wooden floor?

The best way to clean any wooden floor is to sweep it and vacuum it regularly. Remember only wash the floor when it is dirty and not just because it's cleaning day.

How do I clean a pre-varnished wooden floor?

The best way to clean any wooden floor is to sweep it and vacuum it regularly. Remember only wash the floor when it is dirty and not just because it's cleaning day. When it is dirty and needs mopping use a well wrung out cloth and the manufacturers recommended soap.

What’s the best wood floor polish to use?

Always use the products that are recommended by the manufacturers. If you are unsure what make your floor is or what finish you have on your floor then consult a hardwood flooring expert for advice. If you use the wrong products you could make the floor slippery and dangerous.

What’s the best vacuum cleaner to use?

Any vacuum cleaner that has soft brush head and no wheels.