General Precautions and maintenance tips :
• Wait 48 hours from application of the last coat of varnish before placing furniture – not applicable to pre-finished floors.
• Fit protective pads to furniture legs to reduce risk of marking the floor. To protect the floor surface use protective mats for furniture with castors. Barrel castors are less likely to damage a floor than ball castors. Wait 7 days from application of the last coat – not applicable to pre-finished floors.
• Don’t place rugs on the floor for at least 2 weeks after the final coat is applied to ensure the finish is completely cured. Lay rugs over the clean floor so dirt is not trapped underneath.
• Dirt and grit can lead to excess wear and scratching of a hardwood timber floor. Use dirt trapping mats at all exterior doors to minimise dirt, sand and grit that might be brought inside. Small rugs and hall runners are also helpful for collecting the dirt that can scratch a hardwood timber floor. Regularly sweep high traffic areas with a soft bristle broom or electrostatic mop.
• All hardwood timber floors will fade, darken or change shades over time. Exposure to sunlight will increase this process. Rotate rugs periodically and protect the floor from direct sunlight with curtains or blinds.
• In areas where extreme temperature changes or moisture variation are common, gaps or cupping may appear in the floor. Maintain an ambient temperature to avoid dryness that may causes gaps, and moisture increases that may cause cupping.
• High heel shoes can dent a hard floor surface. Special care should be taken to remove shoes that have exposed heels with sharp points to avoid potential damage to a hardwood timber floor.
• Pets with long nails or claws can scratch and dull the floor finish, make sure pets nails or claws are trimmed regularly and kept blunt.
• One of the benefits of a hardwood timber floor is that it can be refinished if it becomes excessively scratched or dented. Boral Timber recommends the use of a flooring professional proficient in sanding and finishing to complete this work.
The best thing you can do is clean your floor at least once a week. Once the surface is clear of grit and dirt then there is less of a chance that scrapes and scratches will appear. And, to prevent the possibility of debris from outdoors getting inside in the first place, a couple of mats outside and inside the door will catch and trap any dirt as well as hold moisture. Should anything spill on the floor, clean it with a soft cloth as quickly as possible.