Luke Floorwalker

Cornwalls wood floor specialist

Have you got a wooden floor? Are you a little stumped as to how to keep it looking its best? Luke Floorwalker are happy to provide a comprehensive guide to looking after your floors. Scroll down for a full tip list and if that is not enough, there are links to either Lacquer or Wax oil finish – the manufacturers definitive guides- at the bottom of the page.

Upon completion of our projects, we provide our clients with both preventative and maintenance equipment to minimize damage to their new floor. It is a stipulation of our warranty that these items be used to ensure that the floor gives many years of good service.

However not all clients are able to give a Wood floor all the attention that it needs. As a consequence we now offer packages that include regular clean and ‘freshen ups’, encompassing Lacquered, waxed and Oiled floors. These packages can be tailored to suit the levels of wear that the floor undergoes and range from Quarterly to Triennial Visits. These can start from as little as £50 a room*

Contact us for pricing based upon the size and condition of your floor.

*Terms and conditions apply.

How to look after wooden floors – General care

Stop Dirt at the door – get some mats. Put these at the doorways, a steel grille one outside the main ‘muddy’ door and get people to wipe their feet. This way the dirt stays limited to these zones. Ideally you floor fitter will have discussed this issue with you and created recessed mat wells for the dirt and matting to stay in.- If not.Note that rubber-backed or non-ventilated floor mats or rugs can damage your floor. Instead use floor mats or rugs made especially for hardwood floors and be sure to shake them out regularly.

Can I use a steam cleaner on my Wood floors?

We don’t recommend the use of steam cleaners on hardwood. The number one rule of hardwood maintenance is never to use water. The use of a steam cleaner would clearly violate that rule. Here’s why: over time, the moisture generated from the steam would be absorbed by the floor boards. Eventually, it would cause these boards to swell in place which results in buckling. Once the board swells, it has nowhere to go and will begin to “pop up” over time. Excessive moisture could also have a detrimental impact on the finish of your hardwood floor. Keep in mind that it makes no difference whether your hardwood is of a solid or engineered construction in relation to steam cleaner use. Each structure would still be negatively impacted when excessive moisture is generated on its surface, especially after several uses. Steam cleaners are very bad for wood block flooring  especially that fitted with bitumen (black) adhesive– avoid at all costs.

General Cleaning

Sweep your floor with a soft brush, use a vacuum but not one with a beater bar. If you have gaps rake them out occasionally and vacuum.

Different finishes require different regimes but for water based lacquers and Pre-finished flooring a Ph neutral cleaner should be used with its microfiber mop head – as supplied by Luke Floorwalker.

Makers of “Pre-finished” floors recommend their own specific products for routine maintenance. Check with your retailer for details.

Do and Don’ts

Don’t wax a wood floor with a urethane finish

Do use cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue

Don’t use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor — they’ll dull the finish and affect your ability to re-coat later. -Don’t let me see soapy wood cleaner!!

Do use a professional hardwood floor cleaner to remove occasional scuffs and heel marks (just spray some cleaner on a cloth and rub the stained area lightly)

Do use a damp mop.

Don’t use a wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor (wood naturally expands when it’s wet and can cause your floor to crack or splinter.

Do clean sticky spots with a damp towel or sponge

Do minimize water exposure and clean spills immediately

‘Its not looking pretty anymore!’

If you haven’t been looking after your floor with a flooring specific cleaner or a preventative maintenance treatment by a flooring contractor, or if you’ve inherited it, or teenage children have had a party – Don’t panic! – Just give us a call and we will give you the best advice.

Protect Your Investment – Hints and tips

All hardwood floors fade or change shades over time. Like our own skin, wood’s exposure to sunlight may greatly increase this process and cause permanent damage.

Window treatments are recommended to shade your floors from the sun’s harsh rays – particularly in South facing rooms with a lot of glass. We also recommend rotating area rugs and furniture regularly, allowing wood floors to age evenly from UV exposure.

To avoid permanent marks and scratches, it’s a good idea to cover furniture and table legs with felt protectors – as supplied by Luke Floorwalker. Everything needs felt pads, as odds on, it’s the one thing that you ‘will never move’ that will scratch the floor right up!

Dogs need at least 1 – 2 hours of road work a week (keeps their nails short by natural abrasion) – should minimize damage to flooring.

Liquid spills – soak up with kitchen towel – spray with product cleaner leave to dry overnight. DONT RUB

Care information from Manufacturers

 

For floors finished with Bona Product Click here to go to our Bona specific maintenance guide

 

 

For floors finished with Osmo Polyx Oil click here to go direct to our specific Osmo care and maintenance guide