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Aftercare

To ensure your new hardwood floor remains in pristine condition for as long as possible, follow our care and maintenance guidelines:

General Guidelines

  • No maintenance or cleaning products should be applied until 2 weeks after the wood floor has been completed to allow for the finish to fully cure.  Do not use water only to clean wood floors, always use a recommended cleaner.
  • Never use vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors, they can cause the floor to become slippery and appear dull.
  • Place mats and throw rugs at doorway exteriors and interiors to help prevent grit and dirt being tracked through onto your wood flooring.
  • Wipe up food and other spills immediately with a cloth or paper towel.
  • Place self- adhesive felt pads or hard standing feet cups under the legs of furniture to prevent scratching of your wood floor.
  • When moving heavy furniture, completely pick it up rather than sliding it across the floor to best protect your wood flooring.
  • Try not to let people walk on the wood floor with stiletto-heeled shoes as these can cause damage.
  • In the kitchen place a rug in front of the sink area.
  • Use a humidifier in the winter months to minimise the movement in the timber. The relative humidity should be maintained between 45 – 65% as lower than this can cause the moisture in the timber to dry out and cause shrinkage. In the summer months the timber will expand and any small gaps will close up.
  • Dust mop, sweep or vacuum your wood floor regularly. Clean with manufacturers recommended cleaner. Recoat the wood floor when cleaning no longer restores shine. The frequency of this will depend on the amount of traffic.

Maintenance Guidelines

Finished with Polyurethane Lacquers

Maintaining Lacquered Finishes applied too  your wood & cork flooring

Maintain lacquered floors with Bona Care Cleaner & Bona Care Refresher.

Bona Cleaner & Polish are maintenance products formulated for the care and upkeep of wooden floors treated with polyurethane seal.   Manufacturers guidelines recommend that with regular use of Cleaner and Polishes this will help to protect the floor from wear and tear and extend the lifetime of the seal.

For regular maintenance – Bona Care Cleaner

This product can be used as a daily cleaner; it should be used prior to application of the polish.

Daily vacuum or using a soft broom to remove all loose debris and dust from the surface of the floor, in order to remove particles which could cause damage to the wear ability of the floor surface.

Dilute 5-10% of the cleaning solution to warm water and apply using a well-wrung damp mop wiping the floor evenly, applying pressure on stubborn scuffmarks or stains.  Do not over saturate the floor with water.  It is not necessary to rinse after application of the cleaner.  Allow to dry naturally before contact.

Periodical Maintenance Dressing – Bona Refresher Parquet Polish

This product revives finished wood, cork and parquet floors.  Self-polishing, waterproof and protecting against mechanical wear.

Depending on the amount of traffic, when the surface begins to dull, clean the floor as instructed above, the surface must be clean, dry and free from polish, wax and other contamination.  Onto the dry floor, apply a thin even coat of Bona Parquet maintenance polish using a sponge, mop/applicator or soft dry cloth and allow too dry naturally before contact.  The surface can be walked upon after 30 minutes.  Large/high usage areas will require frequent applications and a buffing machine is recommended.

Finished with Hard Wax Oils

Osmo Wash & Care or Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner are maintenance products supplied by the manufacturers of Osmo Polyx-Oil used to finish the hardwood flooring.

Manufacturer’s guidelines recommend with regular use of the Wash and Care Cleaner and Liquid Wax Cleaner will help protect the floor s from wear and tear extending the lifetime of the finish

For Regular maintenance

Daily vacuum or using a soft broom to remove all loose debris and dust from the surface of the floor, in order to remove particles which could cause damage to the wear ability of the floor surface.

On a regular basis or as and when required, wash the floor with Osmo Wash & Care.  Dilute the maintenance cleaner in accordance with manufacturer’s dilution guidelines as specified on the packaging.  Using a mop dampened in the solution, wipe the floor evenly across the surface to remove any accumulation of dirt, rinsing the mop periodically during cleaning.  It is not necessary to rinse the floor after application of the cleaning solution.  Wiping the wet floor with a dry cloth will prevent excessive moisture penetrating into the joints of the flooring alternatively allow too dry naturally.

Persistent Stains

Liquid Wax Cleaner is designed for initial cleaning and refreshing wooden floors treated with Osmo Polyx-Oil.  The Liquid Wax cleaner regenerates and cleans the floor at same time.

First vacuum the floor to remove all loose debris and dust from the surface.  Apply the undiluted product using a dry soft cloth, rubbing the surface in sections until the entire area has been treated.  To remove engrained dirt, using very thin wire wool or a scotch pad, rub the area concentrating on any heavier stains, wipe off any residual cleaner to avoid moisture penetration into the joints.

Maintenance products are available on request from David Brown Wood Floors Ltd or alternative reputable flooring establishments.