How Can I Protect My Oak Flooring?
An oak floor is designed to last for generations. Of course to help it to do so, the boards should be properly protected and maintained. So what steps can you take to protect your oak flooring?
Finishing Your Flooring
Using a suitable finish is an important step in preserving the life of your oak flooring. The perfect finish should be something that not only looks great, but also protects the boards. For this, we recommend using a hard wax oil such as the Blanchon Hard Waxoil or Osmo Polyx-Oil. These finishes will not only leave your floor looking great, but are also very hard wearing and water repellent.
Maintaining The Finish
With the finish now applied, it is important that it is properly maintained to keep it looking fresh. For the routine cleaning of the floor a damp mop should be used alongside a natural floor soap. These floor soaps are designed to preserve the natural beauty of your flooring, whilst also providing in depth cleaning.
Further to the soap, there may come a point where excess traffic over a particular area has caused the finish to wear away. Luckily maintenance oils are designed for the renovation of these small areas. These will help to bring the area to a like, new state.
For the hard wax oils, it is also possible to renovate by simply reapplying the oil.
If you would like to learn more on the restoration of your oak floor finish, you can visit our "How To" guide by clicking here.
As with any type of floor, a general day to day cleaning will help to protect the flooring. A simple sweep or vacuum will keep any dust and grit off the surface.
Oak flooring will scratch. Even with the greatest of care taken, it is still likely that at some point your floor may be marked. If you have opted for the character or barn grades, these marks are often unnoticeable and become part of the character of the floor.
To help reduce the likelihood of your flooring scratching from furniture with sharp legs, felt pads can prove to be a worthwhile investment.