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    Timber Flooring Cleaning & Maintenance Guide

    Find out all you need to know about maintaining and cleaning timber flooring.

    Cleaning Timber

    Our timber flooring is designed with low-maintenance and easy cleaning in mind. Regular sweeping and vacuuming is the best way to keep your floors looking day 1 fresh! We also recommend spray mopping, ideally once or twice a month, with a pH neutral floor cleaner.

    Roll Out the Mats!

    Make use of mats in entrance ways to stop dirt and debris making its way into your home. Rugs and carpets in high traffic areas can also help keep your floors looking pristine.

    Shoes Off

    Let's take a hint from the Japanese! Leaving your shoes at the door and swapping them for indoor shoes or slippers can help keep unwanted dirt and grime out of the home.

    Pet Care is Floor Care

    It pays to keep your pets nails neatly trimmed and groom our fury friends regularly.

    Think Blinds!

    Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause timber flooring to fade or change complexions. Ensure appropriate curtains and blind are installed in your home to avoid this.

    Padding is Key

    Furniture pads are a must to prevent table and chair legs from scraping across your timber floor surface and causing superficial scratches.

    Repairing Timber Flooring

    Over time with normal wear and tear a few pesky marks and scratches will inevitably occur. The good news for DIY’s is that disguising scuffs and hiding small surface scratches is really easy. 

    Gilly’s Scratch Cover, a light or dark oil that colours over surface scratches and revives timber, and Gilly’s Floor Polish, a soft, beeswax-based polish that nourishes dry timber, are both simple to use and highly effective at revitalising lightly marked floors.

    For really obvious wearing and deeper scratches on timber flooring however, your best option is to enlist a professional flooring contractor to lightly sand back the entire surface and refinish it with a polyurethane or water-based coating.

      Restore Engineered Timber Floors

      Timber can be sanded and rejuvenated with a polyurethane or water-based coating to restore the overall appearance of the floor. Sanding and re-coating of any Flooring Online Australia's engineered timber floors should only ever be carried out by a professional flooring contractor. If you are considering refinishing your floor, please consult a professional finishing service or Flooring Online Australia for advice.

      Note how many time a floor can be sanded depends on the thickness of the solid timber veneer. Most of our engineered timber boards are safe to sand one to three times. Our 12mm & 7.5mm timber ranges should not be sanded. 

      Timber Cleaning Do's & Don'ts

      Don't use a steam mop on your timber flooring as it can cause the boards to swell and discolour.

      Do use a spray mop to clean any spillages as soon as possible.

      Don't use abrasive tools, such as steel wool or harsh scrubbing pads.

      Do use an indoor broom with synthetic bristles rather than natural fibers.

      Don't wet mop your timber flooring.

      Do only use a pH neutral floor cleaner when mopping.

      Want to learn more?

      Read our complete blog on cleaning & maintaining timber floors here

      Is Engineered Timber flooring waterproof?

      No, it is not waterproof however, due to its layers, it works better with water than solid hardwood timber.

      Can Engineered Timber be sanded/repolished like solid timber flooring?

      Yes, Engineered timber floors can be sanded down and refurbished in their lifetime. However, how many times this can be done depends on the thickness of the solid timber veneer. Most of our engineered timber boards are safe to sand one to three times. Our 12mm Engineered European Oak range should not be sanded. 

      Can I install Herringbone Timber flooring myself?

      We recommend that you hire a professional installer for Herringbone flooring due to the more complex board pattern and detail required for install.