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Care & Maintenance

Care and Maintenance of your Timber Floors

New timber floors & Re-cycled Timber Floors

  1. Because timber is a living material, you must take care of after installation has been completed shrinkage and expansion of timber board floors is a natural and cyclical process. The degree of movement depends on the surrounding changes in atmospheric moisture content and therefore is generally controlled by seasonal weather condition.
  2. Flooring should be sheltered from direct sunlight by curtains, blinds, or similar window protection.
  3. Good ventilation under your floor is a very significant factor for timber floors.
  4. Air conditioning and heating systems dramatically reduce the general moisture content within a home.
  5. In areas where extremes of temperature or moisture variation are common, cracks may appear on the floor. Adding moisture to the air with a humidifier may be the answer.
  6. Shutting a house up when away on holidays for long periods can also create abnormal temperature and humidity condition.

BEYOND OUR CONTROL: CRACKS ON SOME FLOORS MAY HAPPEN AFTER SANDING & POLISH (MORE OFTEN ON PINE FLOORS) DUE TO THE CHANGE OF THE MOISTURE CONTENTS ON FLOORS AND TEMPERATURE.

Drying Time

  1. After 24 hours Polyurethane coating should be ready for light traffic, No shoes, socks only. Wait until the coating has dried and cured before you walk on it with street shoes and use any cleaning product on it.
  2. Walking on floors (without shoes) – at least 24 hours.
  3. Replacing furniture on floors – 2 to 3 days.

This usually takes about 1-2 weeks to fully cured (Winter season takes a longer time).

Protective Pads: Attach a self adhesive felt pad to the legs of chairs, tables, beds and other furniture to protect the floor and to reduced noise.

Entrance Matting: Dirt, grits and sand can be picked up under shoes. Entrance mats help to trap and minimise the amount of damaging particles from scratching and prematurely wearing the floor surface.

Cleaning: A fringe or static mop is ideal for sweeping timber floors and vacuuming floors with brush head. Regular washing of your floor will enhance it’s appearance and keep it clean, shiny and safe.

Wipe up all spills immediately.

DO NOT LEFT WATER ON THE FLOORS TOO LONG.

DO NOT USE: Wax, silicon based products , Ammonia, harsh detergents. Scrubbing brushes, steel wool.

Re-coating: The life of a coated timber floor depends greatly on amount of traffic and maintenance. Always re-coat before a finish is worn through, or begins to show signs of wear, this will save both time and money on having your floor re-sanded.

Coatings: – Alcrest uses products that are all re-coatable, provided appropriate surface preparations are carried out prior to re-coating.