Things you should do:
Sweep or vacuum regularly or when needed. This will get rid of grit or small hard particles that may scratch or harm the surface for your floor.
Damp clean with a recommended antibacterial floor cleaner at least once a week. Remember – damp, not wet.
Clean up spills immediately. Wood and water don’t get on.
Use only recommended floor cleaners.
Use exterior and interior mats to clean shoes at entry ways.
In the case of natural oiled floors, apply a recommended maintenance oil at least once a year.
Keep relative humidity between 40% and 60%. This will help reduce the level of natural movement in your wood floor.
Use floor protector pads or caps on legs of furniture.
When moving furniture or appliances, always lift and never drag.
Hardwood floors age and change colour over time. Its not a bad idea to move rugs and large furniture such as sofas around, especially in areas with direct sunlight.
In the case of holiday homes that only get used from time to time, do make sure that you heat and vent the house all year round.
Things you should NOT do:
Don’t allow domestic spills or water stand on the floor for any length of time.
Don’t use abrasive cleaners or detergents on your floor.
Don’t allow spikes shoes, stiletto heals or steel tipped boots on your wood floor. They will damage the surface.
Unless it’s a Hard Wax Oil finish, don’t use wax based products or polish on pre-finished floors. They will only dull the floor over time and make them slippy.
Don’t wet clean your floor.
Don’t damp clean a floor that his not been vacuumed first.
Don’t take chances. If you are not sure, speak to a professional.