Cleaning Timber Floors – The Do’s and Don’ts

Quality timber flooring products can last a lifetime if some basic maintenance steps are met to keep your timber floors looking better for longer. Here are some of Andersens home care tips for Timber floors;

Timber flooring is a very stylish flooring choice for your home or office. If possible, prevent dirt, sand and grit from accumulating on the surface of your floor – they will act like sandpaper and abrade the finish. Mats should be placed at all exterior exits, and the floor should be swept or vacuumed frequently.

Wet Mopping

You should try to avoid wet-mopping a hardwood floor, and always clean up spills as soon as possible. With water or any other cleaning agent, make sure that you thoroughly wring out your mop prior to applying it to the floor. Excess moisture that is allowed to seep into the seams between the planks may cause damage to your flooring. We would suggest a bucket less mop, ultra minimal amount of water on a mop similar to image on the right.

Steam Cleaning

We recommend DO NOT polish or steam clean timber floors. Additionally, in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and spaces where food service occurs, top-coating the floor will help prevent against moisture damage

Scratched flooring

All timber floors mark, dent and scratch from time to time. The use of felt floor protectors under furniture and dirt trapping mats at external entrances helps to keep scratching and premature wear to a minimum. Sweep or vacuum your timber floor regularly to remove grit and small stones. These can scratch and abrade your timber floors.

Indentations and deep scratches in timber floors can often be filled using a matching coloured timber putty or special filling wax.

Re- Coating

Re-coating is usually required every 5 – 10 years in most homes, depending on the level of traffic and wear and tear your floors are exposed to. In commercial areas, floors may need re-coating more regularly. Call Andersens Carpet Cleaning Services on 1300 664 843 to obtain a quote.

Lastly here are some general flooring maintenance tips

  1. Only use maintenance products recommended by the manufacturers of the flooring you have selected and installed.
  2. Save any guarantees, warranties and preventative maintenance tips that come with your new fl ooring. Always refer to these when attempting stain removal, to avoid unnecessary long-term damage.
  3. Any spills should be cleaned immediately, especially on carpet. The longer a stain sits, the harder it will be to remove.
  4. Pre-test any treatment on a small inconspicuous area of the floor to ensure against damage and possible colour/texture changes.
  5. Read the labels on all household products before using, since many contain chemicals which can damage carpet and other fabrics.
  6. Use mats at entrances to reduce dirt from outside being tracked inside, and don’t forget to regularly clean your mats.

If you have further questions on floor maintenance, contact Andersens today

Last Minute Flooring Options for Christmas

It is time for Christmas and the relatives are coming over.  Everything is culminating to a magical day of family, fun and festivities then you look at your flooring and you know that it is well beyond time that it should be upgraded.  So what can you do with so little time before Christmas?

The answer is simple, you give Andersens a call.

With Andersens, you don’t even have to take the time to come to one of our showrooms.  Our showroom can come to you.  Our showroom on wheels can bring to your home a range of flooring options for you to view.

Just give us a call and book an appointment for a day that is convenient for you and a friendly professional sales representative can come to your house and show you product samples in various types and colours.  They will discuss with you the best options to meet your needs and match your existing decor and will be able to tell you what they have in stock and give you the fastest options.  Those options could range from carpet which you will be able to roll out immediately, cork tiles which are super fast to install, or perhaps vinyl flooring for wet areas.  No matter what your taste and no matter what your needs, Andersens’ can get to you, show you your options, and get the job done quickly.  Andersens massive warehouse ensures a readily available range of superior options so there is no need to wait.  After your showroom on wheels has come to your door, we will be able advise you what is in stock and what your options are.  We call this process Fast Track Flooring.  So to get what you need ASAP, give Andersens a call today on 1800 016 016 for a free measure and quote.

The unique advantages of Timber flooring

With a growth in popularity over the last decade, timber flooring is starting to become a new favourite for renovators and homebuilders alike. We put this down to its durability, aesthetics and warmth of character that can bring a home or a room to life.

 

What makes timber flooring so unique?

As mentioned above, timber flooring is very popular due to its aesthetics and character. Each tree is different, meaning each timber floor will follow this same pattern. Each tree will have it’s own unique blueprint of distinctive grain, texture and pattern, meaning no two floors will be the same, and you will have an individual and natural floor covering for your home.

 

What are the advantages of timber flooring?

Timber flooring is a well-known influence to increasing the value of your home. Why? For one, it has a sense of individual character, two, it is easier to maintain and clean, and also, timber flooring can be more beneficial to your health as a whole. For those with allergies such as asthma or hay fever, can rest assured that timber flooring does not absorb and trap dirt and dust like some other floor coverings.

 

What type of coating should I consider for my timber flooring?

When choosing a coating for your floor, you must take into consideration the amount of traffic it needs to endure. With polyurethane finish being the most durable coating, applying this will ensure it can stand up to any heavy traffic. A water based finish however, while still very durable, does wear a lot quicker, but is a popular choice for commercial applications due to the minimal smell and drying time.

At Andersens, we pride ourselves on having a large range of timber flooring options, to suit every need and budget.

To know more about timber flooring, you can visit our website at www.andersens.com.au or call in to your local store for a chat with one of our friendly and trained staff.