Top 7 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Polished Timber Floors
1. Apply felt pads to all furniture.
Self adhesive protective felt pads should be applied to all furniture legs paying particular attention to dining chairs – This is the furniture moved the most frequently and can quickly cause damage. Tip: Rough up the bottom of the chair leg with a piece of sandpaper before applying the felt to assist with a more permanent adhesion.
2. Use appropriate entrance mats.
Rigid spiky plastic entrance mats will assist greatly in removing dirt and grit from the tread of footwear.
3. Vacuum and sweep regularly.
Vacuum your floor regularly to keep it free of grit as it will act like sandpaper under shoes causing unnecessary and accelerated wear in the main traffic areas of your home.
4. Avoid damage from dog claws.
After clipping your dog’s claws, round off the edges with an emery board or piece of fine sandpaper – The sharp edges will leave permanent indented scratches in any polished timber floor whether it is pine or hardwood.
5. Use the correct cleaning products.
Refrain from using supermarket products as they can leave a residual layer that can cause rejection problems at a later stage when a maintenance coat may be required to extend the life of your floor. Use the product manufactures recommendations for your particular floor coating. Tip: Half cup of methylated spirits in half a household bucket of warm water is a neutral cleaning solution suitable to mop any polished floor with periodically.
6. Diffuse direct sunlight.
Intense direct sunlight on an internal polished floor can cause a number of problems:
- Premature yellowing of the finish.
- It can dry out the boards in that particular area lowering the moisture content and cause excessive widening of the gaps between the boards.
- In extreme circumstances it can cup the boards and also cause accelerated deterioration of the coating.
Tip: Use curtains, blinds or tinted glass wherever necessary.
7. Under floor ventilation.
If your home sits on supports and is close to the open earth, or has an enclosed area where moisture is constantly present, ensure there is adequate ventilation to assist in keeping a dry under floor environment as timber floors will absorb moisture from underneath causing the opposite problem of the effects of direct sunlight. Absorbing the moisture from below will cause them to swell and appear convex on top. If this does occur, it will correct itself over time if the ventilation and moisture problem is resolved.
Karl Little is the owner of Economy Floor Sanding in Brisbane. Please visit our comprehensive F.A.Q. page of our website @ www.EconFloors.com.au
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