Care and Maintenance of Wood Floors


Care & Maintenance of Wood Floors

Maintaining a suitable environment

As wooden flooring is made from a natural material, wood reacts to changes in ambient conditions. Maintaining this environment is the key to your parquet’s long life and good condition.

Important instructions in care and maintenance of  wood floors

  1. A RAH (relative air humidity) of 45% to 60% represents an ideal environment for timber floors. In winter, artificial room heating tends to make the flooring shrink, which can lead to splitting. Use special humidifiers to prevent the air in the rooms becoming too dry. Hygrometers and thermometers should also be used to keep an eye on room conditions.
  2. Room temperature should be kept at 15-30°.
  3. If using under floor heating, the temperature of the wood floor must not exceed 27°.  This is the temperature of the wood floor itself and not the ambient temperature. Please ensure that the settings on your wood floor are set to not exceed this temperature.
  4. Keep your floor protected, below are tips to keep the finish on the floor well protected.

Tips to caring for your wood floor

Caring for a pre-finished parquet involves just a few simple rules:

• Use entrance mats to remove grit and dirt from shoes
• Use a broom or vacuum cleaner for daily cleaning,  stains should be removed with a damp cloth.
• Only use the recommended cleaners, NEVER ammonia-based products.
• Wear is an inevitable characteristic of a living material such as wood but, over time, it actually contributes to the floor’s beauty by creating a ‘lived in’ feel. Accidental damage can be avoided by sticking felt pads onto the base of chair legs and any other furniture that is often moved around.
• Areas which are most frequently walked over, such as doorways and hallways, can be protected with rugs. Flower and plant pots should be provided with bases.

Specific Instructions of each floor finish

Your wood floor will have a protective finish to the floor to stop moisture and chemicals damaging the floor. You should always follow the instructions for the type of finish applied to your floor.