Care of the parquet and wooden floors

Care of the lacquered parquet and wooden floors

Remove sand and dust from the floor with a vacuum cleaner or brush. If necessary, wipe the floor with a well-wrung cloth or mop. Use lukewarm water, to which can be added a detergent intended for floor cleaning, and follow the directions for use of the detergent. The use of strong detergents is to be avoided. Wax or polishes containing wax must not be used.

Removal of stains    Wipe up all spills immediately. Stains which cannot be removed by wiping require different cleaning agents.

Type of stain -> Cleaning agent

fruit, juice, milk, cream, soft drinks, beer, wine, coffee, tea -> synthetic detergent

chocolate, grease, oil, shoe polish, heel marks, tar, pitch -> mineral turpentine

typewriter ribbon, duplicating wax, correction fluid, ball-point pen, ink, lipstick -> denatured alcohol

blood -> cold water

Source: Finnish Floor Covering Association

Care of the naturaloiled parquet and wooden floors

Natural oiled parquet should be oiled 1-2 times per year, depending on the load. Natural oil must be used also for reoiling. We recommend oiling the natural oiled parquet by natural oil immediately after installation, before use of the floor.

1. Cleaning: Wash the floor twice using a detergent suitable for cleaning of wooden surfaces (avoiding excessive use of water) and leave to dry for 4-8 hours. The surface must be absolutely dry prior to oil treatment.

2. Oiling: Shake the oil thoroughly before use. Spray the oil or wipe it onto the floor by cloth in a thin layer. Polish to glossy shine by scrub sponge or floor polishing machine.

3. Finishing: Wipe the floor by clean, dry cotton cloth. Excessive oil is not allowed on the surface and the surface may not appear wet. Walking on the floor is allowed in approx. four hours after polishing. Actual hardening lasts for 24 hours – until that time, the floor must be protected as thoroughly as possible, especially against water.

Note! Always follow the instructions of the oil product used. Rags used for oiling may ignite spontaneously - submerge the rags in water and dispose of in a tightly closed container or alternatively, by burning. As regards daily care of natural oiled parquet, vacuuming is sufficient. The floor may be washed by liquid soap intended for cleaning of oil treated surfaces.

Removal of stains    Stains such as vinegar, red wine and gin may penetrate the oil surface. A stain removal product intended for care of natural oil parquet is required for coping with such stains. Stain removal products also remove the oil, which means that the floor must be re-oiled after the treatment.

Protection of the floor

Doormats should be put on both sides of an exterior door to prevent dust from getting inside. To prevent scratching of the floor, it is advisable to put pieces of felt under the legs of furniture. Radiators and other apparatus containing water must be in good order to avoid water damage. Wipe up water that gets onto the floor and remove stains as quickly as possible. Regular ventilation and keeping the relative humidity of the air right and as constant as possible (RH 35 – 60 %), particularly during the period when the heating is on, e.g. by means of a humidifier, help to maintain the condition of a parquet floor. If necessary, board parquet can be resanded and refinished.

Note! Keeping the level of relative humidity of air at the recommended 40-60 % helps the solid wood floorings stay in good condition.

The darkening and lightening of wood species

Wood is a natural living material and the shades of all timber species change over time. In particular, cherry, rosewood and merbau become darker, while heat-treated wood becomes lighter with exposure to sunlight.

Floor repairs

In case the floor surface is worn or scratched after use, it can be re-sanded and varnished or oiled again.