A timber floor represents a long-term investment. With proper care and maintenance a hardwood timber floor should continue to look good and wear well for many years.
To assist in the life of your timber flooring consider doing the following:
Use dirt trapping mats at all exterior doors to minimise dirt, sand and grit. Sweep regularly
Fit protective pads to the legs of chairs and tables so floors don't get scuffed. If you have furniture with castors use barrel castors rather than ball castors
Move rugs from time to time and protect the floor from direct sunlight
Avoid high heeled shoes which can dent the floor's surface
Floor Cleaning Tips
Regularly vacuum with a soft bristle head or an electrostatic attachment, or sweep with an electrostatic mop.
For stubborn dirt, damp-mop the floor using a well rung mop. The use of a pH neutral floor cleaner can help remove stubborn dirt (use as per manufacturer's instructions).
Never clean a floor with common household detergents, polishes, steel wool pads, wax or similar products. Never use Methylated Spirits or Kerosene as any type of petroleum distillate will degrade the coating and irreversibly dull the floor. Only use a pH neutral floor cleaner as per manufacturer's instructions.
Use only quality lint free floor mops and thoroughly wash new mops to remove any lint.
Over wetting a floor when mopping or cleaning can change the moisture balance and cause a floor to expand, which may result in cupping. Ensure that the mops and cloths are well wrung.
Steam mops are not recommended for cleaning timber floors. Steam (moisture) is forced into the joints of the timber and any small incisions, breaks or cracks on the timber floor surface resulting in unusual reactions in the timber such as cupping. The heat from the steam mop could also cause damaged to the coating on the floor.
When hardwood decking is exposed to the elements, it will naturally turn a soft
silver-grey. To preserve the colour of the timber species and improve the life of
the deck, apply a decking finish to the exposed surfaces. Re-apply according to
the manufacturer's instructions.
After installation, the deck must be swept and cleaned to remove metal filings from drilling, nailing or other construction that may cause black spots on the deck when exposed to the elements.
If the deck has turned grey from natural weathering or has been discoloured due to metal filings, a solution of oxalic acid crystals mixed with water will help bring it back to its original beauty.