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Care & Maintenance

The Care and Maintenance of parquetry, timber, cork and floating floors is quite simple, but they do require regular cleaning. We recommend some products below and also some precautions you can take to extend the life of your floor.

Parquetry, Solid Timber, Engineered Timber & Floating Floors

A hardwood floor is one of the elements that make a room seem cozy and warm. It gives the impression of being surrounded by nature, especially because of its natural colour palette. The Care and Maintenance of parquetry, timber, cork and floating floors are quite simple, but they do require regular cleaning. We recommend some products below and also some precautions you can take to extend the life of your floor.

A brief overview of caring for your floor

  • Most parquetry & timber flooring is coated with a polyurethane finish (solvent, water, or oil-based), meaning minimum maintenance.
  • Under normal circumstances, you can walk on your new floor with socks 24 to 36 hours after completing your floor.
  • Wait a full 3 – 4 days after completion before moving furniture onto your floor. Leave longer when the conditions are cold, especially if under 10° Celsius.
  • Care needs to be taken not to drag or roll refrigerators, dishwashers, couches or other heavy items across the floor.
  • Always use felt pads on the bottom of the furniture. This is very important for furniture that is moved often. E.g., dining chairs etc
  • Keep your floor grit-free.
  • We recommend going over the floor with a dust control mop every day.
  • Keep chairs with wheels extra clean.
  • We recommend having your floor looked at every 5 to 10 years by an expert from Parquetry Flooring Company to see if your floor needs a buff, top-up coat, sand & polish, or repairs.

ATFA consumer information

The following consumer information is available for download from the Australasian Timber Flooring Association. Click on the below sections to read more

Timber Floor Care

Hardwood/Solid timber or engineered timber floors can transform your living space, therefore it is important to keep it looking its best. Timber and floating floors are easy to maintain but like all floors, they do require regular cleaning. They also require a few precautions to maintain their appearance and preserve the life of your floor.

Recommendations from PFC

Remove Dirt and Lint

Your timber floors should be dry mopped with a static mop, soft bristle broom or vacuum cleaning, on a regular basis. By doing this, the broom or vacuum cleaner will not only pick up lint and dust but also any grit that can be damaging to a timber floor surface.

Mopping

Only a slightly damp mop is required. It is best to avoid an excessive amount of water or harsh chemicals. We recommend Ph neutral cleaner. Keep reading for more information on this. We do not recommend using Metholated Spirits, vinegar or a steam mop.

Spills

Spills happen from time to time, especially in areas like the kitchen and meals areas. There is no need to panic. Simply wipe up the liquid promptly and clean as normal. If left, the finish of your timber or floating floor can become dull or discoloured.  If left for an extended period, the floor may become damaged and require sanding, polishing or replacing.

Cleaning Products

When using cleaners on Timber, Parquetry, or Floating floors, it is important that they are Ph neutral to avoid any residue or damage to your timber and parquetry floors. PFC recommend that if a cleaning product has a fragrance or odour, do not use on your floor.

Do not use cleaning products that are not designed for timber floors such as scouring pads or cleaners that may contain abrasives, soaps, waxes, ammonia, or silicon. Specific timber floor cleaning products are available and should be used. DO NOT use steam mops or any form of scrubbing machine.

Product recommendations

The Parquetry Flooring Company recommends:

  • Use a micro-fibre or dust control broom or a soft vacuum cleaner
  • Use a cotton or Micro-fibre mop with
    • Water

Hardwood Floor cleaner available at PFC

Products sold at Parquetry Flooring Company:

  • Bona Spray Mop
  • Bona Wood Floor Cleaner
  • Squeaky Clean
  • Felt dots
  • Rubber office chair wheels
Pets

If you have pets (especially dogs, cats & birds) inside it is necessary to ensure that nails are trimmed and paws clean, thereby not introducing excessive grit.

See our sanding & polishing services to learn more about producing a new-looking floor. 

Furniture

Legs of moveable furniture such as dining room chairs need to have protective felt pads fitted to prevent scratches from occurring. Office chairs should have their wheels exchanged from plastic to rubber.

Office Chairs

Office chairs are often sold with plastic caster rollers. We recommend changing these to rubber wheels. Which are available at PFC. The use of plastic chair mats is not recommended as grit & dust accumulates under these and will damage the coating on your timber floors.

Footwear

Soft-soled shoes are preferable. Footwear such as stiletto heels will damage timber floors and wearing these should be extremely limited if walking on floating, parquetry, or timber floors.

Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance can extend the life of your floor for many years. Over time your floor may require more professional maintenance.

We recommend that you have a professional from Parquetry Flooring Company look at your floor every 5 – 10 years. We can then determine if your floor requires;

A quote is typed up and emailed to you and a professional floor technician would carry out what is needed. To learn more about sanding and polishing or our finishes.

Refurbished Traditional Cork Tile Floor

Cork

We recommend cleaning your cork the same way as cleaning your timber floors. The reason we say this is because the coatings used on cork are the same as used on timber

Cork can also be sanded & polished

Blackbutt solid timber hardwood floor oil modified gloss finish installed in Adelaide

Solid Timber Floors

We offer the highest-quality Australian and European timber flooring. Our team are experts in this field, with decades of combined experience and can help with any questions you have.

Engineered & Floating

Engineered floors are a modern example of plank and parquetry flooring.

Sanding & Polishing

One of the advantages of having timber floors is that they can be sanded back and polished or coated to produce a new-looking floor.

Servicing South Australia since 1963

Over the years cleaning and cleaning products have changed along with the types of finishes we now use.

Prestige Oak "Latte"

Ask the experts about timber floor care in Adelaide!