Your wood floor needs protection from several different elements from the time its being installed to when you start living on it. Lets look into the 6 ways you can make sure your floors are well protected and maintained so they can live for years to come without a major need of repair work.
Flooring should be one of the last items installed in a project. In order to protect the floors while other trades are finishing their work prior to final cleanup and turnover to the owner, use a breathable protective covering such as Ram Board. Do not use polyfilm or other non-breathing coverings as they can cause the floor to become damaged from humidity buildup. Clean the floor thoroughly before laying the covering to ensure that no debris is trapped underneath. Tape pieces of protective covering together but do not tape them to the wood flooring.
Place walk-off mats at all entrances to help collect dirt and debris and install felt floor protectors underneath all furniture.
DAILY FOOT TRAFFIC
Do not allow people to wear spiked heels on the floor, which will damage even the hardest wood floors and finishes. Pet claws should be properly trimmed at all times. – Work boots and shoes that may have pebbles lodged in the soles should be removed prior to entering. – Sweep or vacuum frequently. Most damage to wood flooring is caused by debris that is walked on.
RUGS + CARPETS
All mats or rugs should be cleaned on a regular basis. They should also be moved occasionally to allow natural color changes caused by light to occur evenly in all areas.
CLEANING YOUR FLOORS
Never wet-mop your floor, and always clean up spills and standing water as soon as possible. With water or any other cleaning agent, be sure to thoroughly ring out the applicator or mop prior to applying it to the floor. A damp mop is fine as long as the moisture is limited to an amount that will evaporate almost immediately. Moisture that is allowed to seep into the seams between the planks may cause damage to your flooring. Do not allow soiled mats or rugs to stay on the floor as they can trap moisture on the surface.
THE FINISHING TOUCH
After finishing your floor, care for it in accordance with guidelines set forth by the manufacturer of the coating you’ve chosen. For a Castle Bespoke floor pre-finished with Rubio Monocoat we recommend using: Rubio Monocoat Soap for cleaning, Rubio Remover for stains, Rubio Universal Maintenance Oil for ongoing care.