Premium engineered timber flooring is a wise investment, not only does it add a sense of sophisticated luxury, it’s practical and a provides the perfect base for any style of interior décor. If you’re new to timber flooring, you might be wondering which cleaning products to use and how to avoid damaging them with everyday use. At Woodcut, we are a family owned and operated business specialising in high quality engineered timber flooring in Melbourne and Sydney homes, businesses and retail spaces. If you have invested in beautiful timber flooring, here’s a few easy things you can do to keep your floors looking as good as new for years to come.

Cleaning Tips

Modern timber flooring is relatively quick and easy to maintain and look after, all you need are a few inexpensive cleaning products and tools. The below tips and hints may also help:

  • Make sure you clean up spills as soon as possible. Even though engineered timber flooring is less susceptible to water damage than traditional timber flooring, prolonged exposure to liquids could cause discoloration or damage.
  • Frequent sweeping or dusting will help prevent a build-up of dirt that will require hard scrubbing or strong cleaning products to remove.
  • Before mopping, ensure you sweep or vacuum to remove loose dirt, debris and dust first – this will help avoid scratching or damaging your floors.
  • Never wet-mop your timber flooring – after wetting the mop it should be wrung out until it is just damp before you begin.
  • For the best results, wipe in the same direction as the wood grain – this will help remove stubborn dirt from cracks and crevices.
  • Scuff marks or stubborn stains may be removed with light rubbing using a wood floor cleaner. Avoid harsh detergents and abrasive cleaners, instead choose a pH neutral cleaner specific for wooden floors. Try to use a cleaning product specified by the flooring manufacturer. We recommend the use of Saicos cleaning products which have been specifically designed for use with the WOODCUT range of flooring. Purchase yours thorough our online store now.

Protection Against Damage

While it’s essential to maintain a high level of cleanliness to keep your flooring looking its best, there are a few general things you can do or avoid doing to maximise the longevity of your beautiful wooden floors.

  • Prevent discoloration and scratching with non-abrasive felt-backed floor protectors. Rubber and plastic backed products can trap moisture and cause discoloration.
  • Place door mats both outside and inside external doors, these are an effective way of reducing the amount of dirt and debris that enters the house.
  • If you have pets inside, keep their toenails trimmed to avoid unsightly scratches.
  • Do not place electronics directly on your timber flooring as the heat generated from them can cause damage over time.
  • When moving or replacing heavy items such as fridges and furniture, ensure they are moved carefully into position and never dragged across the floor.
  • While high quality engineered timber floors have been treated with a UV oil or UV lacquer for greater strength and durability, it is still wise to shield your floors from direct sunlight with blinds or curtains during peak sunlight hours to help minimise the possibility of any UV damage.
  • Avoid wearing high heels or stiletto heels on your timber floor as these may cause dents and scratches.
  • Use cleaning and maintenance products that have been recommended or approved by the flooring manufacturer. Some supermarket or generic cleaners may contain additives or ingredients that can scratch, stain or discolour your floors.

There are many factors which can affect how often your floor requires proper cleaning however, a regular cleaning routine and a few simple care techniques will ensure your floors stay beautiful for longer.

For more advice on cleaning and caring for your new timber flooring, or to purchase Saicos cleaning products to care for your WOODCUT flooring, get in touch with us today. We are a family business dedicated to offering the highest level of service and the highest quality flooring in Melbourne and Sydney, send us an online enquiry now or call our showrooms in Melbourne or Sydney to speak with our expert consultants.