No matter what kind of floor you have, or what type of finish used, there are certain steps that must be taken to maintain the floor. Regular or daily maintenance requires no more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, dust control mop, or vacuuming with a soft floor attachment. For floors that are excessively dirty, greasy or have surface build up as a result of using products that contain acrylic waxes, a wood floor cleaning product recommended by Island Floor Finishing should be used.
Newly finished floors:
Walking on floors after 24hours is generally recommended for all freshly coated wood floors. When using water based finishes, under ideal situations, it is possible to walk on floors in just a few hours. Island floor Finishing will advise on the earliest possible time to enter the completed areas. Replacing furniture is recommended after 24-48 hours. Never drag or slide household items across newly finished floors. Do not cover floors with rugs for 1-2 weeks.
Floors finished with our water based surface coatings, take at least 60 – 90 days to cure. Therefore, treating your newly coated floor finish with a little love and care in the early stages will minimize premature scratching and scuff marks. Thus, the newly coated floor finish is more prone to damage in this early period.
Vigorous air circulation is very important help the curing process. As soon as practically possible after coating has tacked off, opening windows and doors and/or use fans to ensure fresh air circulation.
General Floor Maintenance Guide
- Vacuum / Electrostatic Dust Mop. Sand and grit will cause premature wear. Placing walk-off mats inside and outside of key entry points and near kitchen sinks will help prevent the spread of such material. Regular vacuuming and sweeping will keep premature wearing to a minimum.
- Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors finishes. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood floors to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
- Do not wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discolouring residue. Wipe up all spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
- Do not wash your newly coated floor for approximately six weeks, allowing ample time for the floor finish to cure and harden
- Do not wax a wood floor. If the floor dulls it may be time for a re-coat? Ask us about our range of new shine products for temporary restoring a dull floor.
- Fit felt floor protector pads under the legs of all furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. We carry a range of top quality felt protectors that screw or tap into furniture feet and legs.
- Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. An exposed heel or nail can exert up to 3,500kg sq. cm. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface. Rubber soled/sports shoes if passed across the floor surface quickly most likely will result in scuffing the surface.
- Trim your pet’s claws often to prevent small scratches and dents in the wood.
- Clean up spills immediately with damp cloths or paper towels. Excessive use of water can damage wood. Regular cleaning should be done with our recommended floor cleaner diluted with warm water to achieve the best results. Do not use household cleaning products on your coated wood floor.
- Even the most well maintained floors will eventually need re-coating. Contact us to arrange a re-coat prior to excessive deterioration of the coating system and prevent the need for re-sanding.
- When moving heavy furniture/appliances, do not slide it on the wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture/appliances completely to protect the wood floor. for heavy fridges we carry a track system to protect floors while moving large appliances.
- Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to keep the wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.