How to best maintain wood

Do you have customers coming to you asking about how to clean wooden floors? What is the correct way to do it? Which products to use? Whilst wood is known as a hardwearing floor, we know that without proper maintenance, any product’s lifespan will decrease. This post will outline some best practice advice to share with customers when explaining the importance of maintaining wood flooring.

1.      Choosing wood for the right reasons

First things first, it may seem obvious, but sometimes customers may need to be reminded that there is more to flooring than just how it looks. It’s important that customers understand all of the attributes of the products so that they can make an informed decision and select the right one for them. A kitchen, where liquid spills are common place, has different needs to a living room. It’s always important to consider what the room will be used for, and therefore the flooring that will be required to support the activities. We would recommend installing a lacquered wood in a room that may experience water spills, such as a bathroom or kitchen, or suggest a waterproof LVT, which can have the look and feel of wood, without the threat of warping.

2.      Looking after the wood

Whilst wood is a hardwearing product that can withstand footfall well, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need looking after. For example, if hard wood is stained, it can be sanded out and spillages of water, if mopped up quickly, will not cause long term damage, but both of these activities need to be done swiftly to avoid a ruined floor.

And it’s not all about the visible stains, whilst wood may appear to be clean and without stains, it’s worth giving it a regular brush to keep it in top condition. In addition, maintenance also ensures that dust, pollen and other allergens do not settle on and in the wood.

3.      Using the right products

It’s important not to assume that a cleaning product that has worked for other floorings, will work for freshly installed wood. Carpets, LVT, tiles and wood are all different and therefore require different specialist products to ensure a maximised lifespan. It’s also important to maintain health and safety levels – a product that may clean one product may make another one slippery, causing a trip hazard!

Wood in particular will absorb water, leading to warping and so it is important not to use excessive amounts of water as this will damage the floor, especially if the wood has an oiled finish – in which case no water should be used. A combination of regular sweeping to reduce the amount of debris on the surface of the floor and specialist hard wood floor cleaners to provide a deeper clean, will keep normally keep wood in top condition.

Ask your local flooring supplier which products are best for your requirements.

4.      Accepting that wear and tear is a part of flooring life

Unfortunately, as is true with almost every product we purchase, damage will occur as a result of day-today use and there is nothing we can do about it. Wood, unlike LVT or carpet, lends itself to a lived-in feel so each scratch doesn’t need to be sanded out instantly. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t extend the longevity of our flooring, by following the above advice!

Got any questions on the maintenance of wood? Let us know. We’re always happy to help!

You can read more about our Arden Classics hardwood range here.