Care and Maintenance of oak flooring

Care and Maintenance of your newly installed oak floor

  • Wipe up spillages immediately and never allow water, spills, or cleaning products to remain for any length of time on the floor surface.
  • Please make sure when watering your house plants there is no spillage. Water under the plant pots will create black circles deep into the wood, this is hard to get rid off. Sanding out the blackness is the only option.
  • When vacuuming the floor always use the soft attachment to make sure you don’t scratch the floor surface.
  • Never us the steam cleaner on wooden floors!

Use felt pads on furniture

  • Always use felt pads on the legs of chairs and all other furniture to prevent scratches. Keep the pads free of grit and replace them as often as needed.
  • When moving appliances or other heavy items, always place a leftover planks from flooring or sheets of hardboard under the item to protect your floors from scratches and dents. When moving heavy items it is not enough to cover the flooring by a dustsheet. This will not help. Ensure that service personnel and delivery people do the same.

Use mat by the entrance door

  • Use rugs in places like kitchens and door entries where spills or heavy traffic are most likely to occur. Ensure that damp rugs are not left on your floor and be careful if you have UFH because the floor area beneath the rug can overheat.
  • Try to avoid walking on the floor while wearing high heel shoes, or other footwear that may cause indentations or scratches. Although very hard and durable, oak is still a natural product.

Keep the house humidity between 40%-50%

  • Wood is hygroscopic material (soak up water like a sponge). It will expand and contract depending on the changes to the surrounding conditions. To minimize wood movement and shrinkage, the interior of your house has to have a constant humidity level of around 40%-50%. This means, when leaving for holidays in winter, the heating will need to be still on. Late autumn, don’t leave the windows and doors open late into evening, moisture in the air will expand the flooring.

Mop the floor only only when necessary

  • For weekly maintenance, use Osmo Wash and Care for mopping. Mop the floor only when necessary and use only damp mop, newer too wet.

Cleaning stubborn stain

  • For removing spot marks such as polish, always use a Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner. All our flooring is finished with Osmo oils, we would recommend to use Osmo products.
  • Please be careful not to rub the surface too hard and never use anything abrasive. This will take the shine off the boards, to repair it you would need to recoat it again with Osmo Polyx oil. In cases where you have stained floor it can remove the stain as well.

Re-oil the floor regurarly

  • Take care of your floor and re-coat it as needed, depending on wear and tear. If the finish on any part of your floor gets worn down to exposed wood, and it gets even slightly damp, it will create black spots and require deep sanding for restoration to its former glory. How often you recoat your floor depends on the wear and tear it receives, along with your personal preferences as a home owner. Typically we would suggest to maintain your floor with Osmo Maintenance oil every 12 to 18 month. By failing to re-oil the floor with maintenance oil from time to time your floor will look dirty. Once you will get to the stage where the flooring will show sings of black worn marks, it is too late to do anything else but to refurbish it. Oak flooring refurbishment is a major job.

What to do

Wood is hygroscopic material (soak up water). It will expand and contract depending on the changes to the surrounding conditions. When the flooring starts to lift, warp or swell, please let us know asap.

This can be water leakage or very high moisture content in the air.  Do not leave it for months and hope that the swell will go down. It will not! In this case call the expert in to find the cause of the problem.

By following these few simple tips about the care and maintenance of oak flooring you will enjoy a nice looking floor for many years.

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Please do not hesitate to call Fine Oak Flooring for help or advice on 01727 826500