Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I maintain my Brazilian Hardwood Floor?
    Hello. I am new to hardwood flooring so bear with me.

    I have Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floor laid in my room and I have a few questions about maintaining it. The wood has replaced the carpet in my room for a couple of years and I don’t really know how it originally looked like since I wasn’t there when it was first placed and only rarely come back to my old folks’ home until now.

    Anyway, I’ve seen Brazilian Cherry several times on TV and it looks a lot redder than the floors they have here. Also, the wood here is very dull and worn out looking and NOT shiny at all, like there’s no protective coating. Specifically in my room, the area under my office chair with wheels is getting gritty like sandpaper, which is concerning me.

    Is there a way to make the floor any redder or is this a different kind of flooring and my old folks got jipped? Also, why is it worn out and not shiny even though its a couple of years old? How do I get it to look better and protect it at the same time? Next, what would be the best way to smooth out the gritty floor in my room and make it so I don’t have to worry about pushing my chair around and scratching or eating away at the floor under me?

    If you can, please be a bit detailed about the methods or items used because I really have no idea what these stains and sealers and waxes do and don’t know anything about wood care beyond chopping a tree down and cutting it into a piece of furniture.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Wooden floor won’t stay looking good for long unless it is looked after.
      Dirt and grit are timber floor’s worst enemy! It doesn’t just hide the gleam of floor boards. Its abrasiveness actually harms floorboards too. Use dirt-trapping mats at each entrance to help prevent sand, dust and grit from being trodden getting inside.
      Small rugs, or carpet squares just inside the door can also help to remove extra dirt from shoes. Dust daily, if possible, with an electrostatic broom.

      Water can change the moisture balance within timbers and cause floorboards to ridge or buckle so it should be used sparingly and remain on the floor for the shortest time possible.

      High heel shoes, especially worn ones, will dent any hard floor surface, even concrete! Encourage your visitors to take off their high heels on arrival.

      With furniture, it is not so much their weight but movement that damages floorboards. Fit protective pads to the legs of tables and chairs so that they can be moved easily without the risk of scuffing the floor.

      Keep dirt off the floor. Dust, mop or vacuum regularly & keep doormats clean. (If using a vacuum, make sure that the vacuum doesn’t scratch the floorboards)

      Use only top quality floor mops and thoroughly wash new mops to remove any lint remaining from the manufacturing process.

      Do not wet mop a timber floor or use water-based cleaners.

      Wipe up spills promptly with a dry cloth or dry paper towel. For sticky substances, moisten the cloth slightly. For hard to remove fatty or greasy spills, use a neutral PH degreasing cleanser from specialist cleaning or floor shops.

      Sweep with a clean electrostatic sweep mop (vacuuming is fine too, as long as the vacuum cleaner doesn’t scratch the
      floorboards)

      Wash the floor with an almost dry sponge mop using a mixture of a 1/2 cup of white vinegar or methylated spirits to a half a bucket of cold water – they help cut through floor waxes without harming the finish.

      Wipe the floor dry as you go so that water remains on the floor for as little time as possible.


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