Engineered Timber Flooring: Care and Maintenance
Timber floors have made a huge resurgence back into the market, and many of us have never had the privilege of living on such a unique surface. Many people who have lived on timber before will know what to expect, but for first timers it will be a whole new experience. We all have to put living on timber in perspective; it is one of the healthiest surfaces to live on, as well as one of the most beautiful.
Timber, as we all know, over a period of time will scratch, mark and dent. For older timber floors, we class this as character and a beautiful floor. Remember the floor we live on is put through more punishment than any other part of the house. Don’t look at your floor without furniture, move your furniture in and watch the room come alive.
UV and Oil finishes are the two types of flooring available, which both have their individual features and benefits.
The advantage of timber is it can be re-sanded and coated and brought back to new. The sawn timber on the top of the floor is 4mm. Statistics show re-sanding usually happens every 5 – 7 years and, depending on care and maintenance, you will only sand .5mm of timber off the top when re-coating. Keeping this in mind, you have a floor that will last you between 35 – 50 years.
Oil finished flooring ultimately offers the most natural characteristics in hardwood flooring. A feature of an oil finish is its ease of use. The floor is designed not to be sanded, only oiled. Part of its attraction is it offers the “Hamptons look”. Wide planks, aged, refined and a natural surface.
Care for your timber floor, but most of all enjoy your floor. It will be part of your life for years to come. Let your floor serve your lifestyle.
Engineered Timber Flooring
Care and Maintenance
Cleaning Your New UV Timber Floor
Engineered flooring is extremely easy to clean and maintain. If the floor has surface dirt and dust, it is best to use an anti-static mop. When cleaning the floor, be careful not use excessive amounts of water. Use a well wrung mop so it is damp rather than wet and wipe over. Ideally, we recommend using a “Vileda” or similar mopping system (available from Coles or Bunnings). This system will give you the bucket, mop and mop wringer that will allow you to get your mop water-free. All you will need to do is add very hot water with a capful of methylated spirits to help the moisture evaporate.
Cleaning Your New Oil Timber Floor
Oil finish is extremely easy to clean and maintain. If the floor has surface dirt and dust, it is best to use an anti-static mop or vacuum with a soft brush head so as to avoid scratching the floor. When mopping, use Trojan Natural Soap as this is a purpose-made quality soap for the maintenance and protection of oiled timber floors.
Due to its nourishing properties, the soap quickly fills the pores of the wood and helps protect against dirt and penetration of liquids. When mopping the floor, be careful not use excessive amounts of water. Use a well wrung mop so it is damp rather than wet and wipe over. Ideally we recommend using a “cotton mop”. We would recommend infrequent mopping of the floor; perhaps once a month.
It must be remembered that engineered floors are wood and wood can be affected by exposure to excess water.
Never use corrosive cleaning chemicals on engineered floors.
Never use steel wool on the floor.
Never use polish; there is no need to.
Protecting your new timber floor:
Sand and grit from shoes may be able to damage your floors surface as can furniture being pushed across the floors. Here are a few tips on protecting your new floor:
Place doormats at each entrance to help reduce dirt build-up on the floor.
Place rugs in high traffic areas such as walkways and hallways etc.
Place cups under heavy and soft furniture feet on everyday furniture such as dining chairs, coffee tables, etc. This will help protect the floor from damage through scratching.
As previously mentioned, our climate has the biggest effect on timber floors. Please be sure not to allow the direct sunlight to continually beat against your timber floor. This, as well as fading all of your furniture, will absorb all of the moisture out of your floor. This can cause your floor to over-dry and crack. Please make sure you have window coverings on all glass doors and windows.
A note on new installations
After installation, you may experience noise such as creaking as you walk across a room. This is a normal characteristic in all new floors. The two main reasons this occurs are air trapped under the floor during installation and the timber is acclimatising to the conditions of the room. This will settle down within six to eight weeks. You will also notice movement underfoot as you walk over the floor. This is also normal for a new floor and will settle as the air escapes and the acoustic underlay compresses.