Care of the parquet and wooden floors

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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 wax oiled parquet and wooden floors

Regular vacuum-cleaning and mopping prevents dirt from sticking to the parquet surface. When required, it is possible to order a comprehensive maintenance set for wax oiled floors from Timberwise. The set contains the following: OSMO Color Wash and Care, cleaning and conditioning wax spray and tinted or clear wax oil for correcting small scratch marks.

  • Avoid using strong detergents, since they can dissolve the protecting wax oil or lacquer layer on the parquet.
  • Avoid using excess amounts of detergent, since otherwise a detergent layer will accumulate on the surface of the parquet and collect dirt.
  • Remove stains immediately.

If the surface of the wood floor has been damaged, for example, when moving furniture, you can apply OSMO Color wax oil on damaged areas. Detailed instructions for correcting scratch marks and larger damages:

Correcting scratch marks

Clean the scratched area with a soft small brush (e.g. nail brush) in order to remove all dust and dirt.

  • Uncoloured floor: Treat the scratched area with a clear wax oil by using, for example, a cotton bud.
  • Colour-treated floor: Treat the scratched surface with Osmo Color wood wax of a suitable colour by using, for example, a cotton bud. In correcting the colour, you must also consider how the colour changes with time and remember that the new corrected area may not look the same as the surrounding floor surface even if the tone used was the same as the tone of the original treatment.

Wipe off the excess wax oil after 2–3 minutes from the scratched area (if necessary, repeat the treatment until the surface is good or, in a tinted flooring, the tone is the required one.

Allow the corrected area to dry for approx. 1 day and finalise the surface by applying clear wax oil.

Allow the treated area to dry for at least 12 hours.

For correcting larger damaged areas, please contact a professional.

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.

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 pine 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.