Floors are an expensive investment and will last many years. The following is a general guide to assist you in the care of and to prolong the life of your new floor. As wear and tear on a new floor depends on the amount of and type of use, judgment is required to assess how often the floor should be maintained. By following a few simple rules today, you can minimize the need for repair and refinishing tomorrow: Dirt, grit and sand act like sandpaper to scratch, dent and dull floors. Place floor mats at entrances to trap dirt. Sweep, vacuum or dust mop at least weekly.
Barrier matting should be provided at all external entrances. In public buildings the matting should be laid necessitating people entering the premises to take at least two steps before walking on other floor finishes and should also be designed to remove grit and moisture.
Sealing and Maintenance
To prolong the life of the floor and maintain its warranty it is essential that you use products recommended by the floor manufacturer. This material penetrates the wood to help to repel dirt and it also allows the timber to “move” whilst it becomes acclimatised to the surrounding atmosphere. The following list indicates the types of sites which may require more than two coats of sealer on completion of laying and also indicates the frequency of resealing.
The list below is a general guide.
Gymnasiums & Sports floors used for sports only: 2/3 coats of Seal or similar and reseal approx every year depending on use.
Galleries, Libraries, Schools, Community Centers and Multi-use sports floors: 2/3 coats of Seal or similar and reseal approx 1-2 years.
Shops, Restaurants, Bars, Dance floors, Reception areas, Hairdressing salons: 2/3 coats of Seal or similar and reseal approx every 6-12 months.
Check doorways and heavy traffic areas regularly for signs of wear usually indicated by a dulling of the surface and a gray appearance.
At this stage it is necessary to apply a maintenance coat of sealer. Cleaning Shake out/vacuum entrance matting to prevent soil build-up. Worn mats are ineffective – CHANGE. Sweeping – Brooms with fine, exploded ends trap dust and grit effectively.
Use a brush attachment. Do not vacuum with beater bars because this can cause dents in the floor’s finish. Canister vacuums with special bare floor attachments are the surest way to get rid of all the dirt and dust. Vacuum and sweep your floor as often as required to eliminate dust and debris from your floor. This may have to be done on a daily basis; depending on the amount of traffic using the floor.
Standing liquids or spillages can damage a floor’s finish. Standing water can warp a finished floor. Starting at the edge and working toward the center, wipe up spills, pet accidents and other mishaps when they happen.
Equipment & Furniture
Should be moved by lifting, not dragging. Felt contacts under furniture legs are a good idea to help prevent scratches in routine use.
Sunlight may cause the floor to become discoloured. Close curtains and blinds or add sheer drapes to protect a hardwood floor from intense UV rays.
Try to maintain an average humidity level of 45% in order to minimize the expansion and contraction in your floor.
Heeled footwear and footwear with exposed nails will damage the floor. Rough or sharp objects may scratch the flooring. Black rubber scuff marks are easily removable with a little white spirit on a cloth.