How to Clean and Maintain Timber Flooring: 6 Step Guide (2024 Updated)

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Are you the proud owner of newly installed timber floors? Amidst your bustling schedule, you might be wondering how to ensure they stay pristine and beautiful for years to come. While hardwood timber floors exude timeless elegance, proper maintenance is key to preserving their allure. In this blog, we'll share essential tips and insights to help you keep your timber flooring looking as lovely as the day it was installed. From choosing the right cleaning equipment to avoiding products that could potentially harm your floors, Floorworld's got you covered. Dive in to discover how simple steps can make a world of difference in maintaining the beauty and longevity of your timber floors.

To learn more about why you should get Timber floors, check out our blog: The Benefits of Timber Flooring

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1. Simple Rules of Timber Floor Cleaning

Clean Regularly:

Regular cleaning is essential to maintain the beauty and longevity of your timber floors. While high-quality wood floors, such as those from Godfrey Hirst, are designed for durability, consistent upkeep ensures they retain their lustre. Quick-Step floors, renowned for their sophisticated structure, are particularly resilient. Make it a habit to clean your floors with a microfiber cloth or vacuum cleaner regularly. 


Maintain Proper Humidity:

Optimal humidity levels are critical for preserving the integrity of your floors. Fluctuations in humidity can cause wood planks to expand or contract, leading to issues like warping or cracking. Aim for indoor humidity levels between 40 to 60% to keep your timber floors in top condition. Investing in a humidifier or dehumidifier can help regulate humidity levels, especially in areas prone to extreme weather conditions.



2. The Basics of Cleaning Timber Floors

Timber floors not only enhance the aesthetics of your space but also offer ease of maintenance. Unlike carpeted floors, where dirt can become deeply embedded, dust and debris on timber floors are often visible and easily removable. Here's a detailed approach to cleaning timber floors effectively:

Mop on Timber Floors ImageUse a Dry Mop Weekly:

Incorporate dry mopping into your weekly cleaning routine to remove surface dust and debris. A microfiber mop is ideal for capturing fine particles without scratching the surface. Additionally, consider investing in a dust mop with electrostatic fibres, which attract and trap dust more effectively.


Occasional Damp Mopping:

While dry mopping is sufficient for regular maintenance, occasional damp mopping helps remove stubborn dirt and grime. However, it's crucial to exercise caution and avoid excessive moisture, as prolonged exposure to water can damage wood flooring. Use a well-wrung mop dampened with water or a pH-neutral wood floor cleaner (Our recommended brands in part 6) to clean the surface gently. 


3. Preparing for Cleaning

Proper preparation is critical to ensuring thorough cleaning and minimizing potential damage to your timber floors:

Rug on Timber Floor ImageRemove Obstructions:

Before cleaning, remove obstacles and furniture from the floor surface to access all areas effectively. This allows for a more thorough cleaning process and prevents damage to furniture or flooring.


Protective Measures for Rugs:

Roll up area rugs and remove them from the room to facilitate comprehensive cleaning. Rugs should be kept away from the freshly cleaned floor until completely dry to prevent moisture retention and potential discolouration.



4. Handling Problem Areas

Accidental spills and stains are inevitable, but prompt action can prevent lasting damage to your timber floors:

Spill on Timber Floor ImagePrompt Cleanup of Spills:

Address spills immediately to prevent absorption into the wood and minimize staining. Blot the affected area with a clean, absorbent cloth to soak up the liquid without spreading it further. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the finish and compromise the integrity of the wood.


Gentle Cleaning Solutions:

For stubborn stains or sticky residues, opt for gentle cleaning solutions formulated specifically for wood floors (we recommend Bona or Enzyme Wizard). Avoid ammonia-based cleaners or abrasive scrubbing pads, as they can cause irreparable damage to the surface. Instead, use a mild detergent diluted in water and apply it sparingly to the affected area, followed by gentle scrubbing with a soft cloth. 


5. Post-Cleaning Care

After completing the cleaning process, take proactive measures to preserve the cleanliness and integrity of your timber floors. Pets on Wooden Floor ImageAllow Sufficient Drying Time:

To prevent water damage and ensure optimal results, allow the floor to air dry completely before allowing foot traffic or replacing furniture. Adequate drying time minimizes the risk of moisture-related issues and helps maintain the finish of the wood.


Protective Measures for Pets:

Keep pets away from the freshly cleaned floor until fully dry to prevent scratches or paw prints. Consider using pet-friendly rugs or mats in high-traffic areas to minimize wear and tear on the flooring surface.


6. Recommendations for Specific Products

Different timber flooring suppliers may offer tailored cleaning recommendations based on the characteristics of their products:

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Supplier-Specific Guidelines:

Consult the manufacturer's guidelines provided by reputable timber flooring suppliers such as Quick-Step, Godfrey Hirst, and Australian Select Timber. These guidelines may include specific cleaning instructions and product recommendations to ensure optimal maintenance and longevity of your timber floors.


Enzyme Wizard

Maintaining the timeless elegance of your timber flooring is effortless with Enzyme Wizard. This innovative cleaner utilizes natural enzymatic action to effectively break down organic stains and odours without compromising the integrity of your flooring. With Enzyme Wizard, you have a powerful solution at your fingertips, capable of tackling messes with ease and leaving your timber floors looking pristine and fresh.

Check out the Enzyme Wizard Range.


Bona Australia

For professional-grade timber floor maintenance, look no further than Bona Australia. Offering a range of specially formulated cleaners and high-quality accessories, Bona Australia ensures optimal cleaning results without harming your flooring. With Bona Australia, you can trust in superior products designed to preserve the beauty and longevity of your timber floors, making maintenance a breeze.

Check out the Bona Australia Range.


Conclusion for Timber Floor Maintenance

In conclusion, maintaining the beauty and durability of your timber floors requires a combination of regular cleaning, proper maintenance, and adherence to manufacturer guidelines. By following the simple rules outlined above and incorporating protective measures, you can ensure that your timber floors retain their elegance and charm for years to come.

For personalized advice on timber floor care or to explore our wide range of quality flooring options, contact us today or visit a Floorworld store. Our team is dedicated to providing expert guidance and exceptional service to meet your flooring needs.



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