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10 Tips For Maintaining Unfinished Wood Flooring

April 5, 2016

Over the recent years, unfinished wood flooring has become immensely popular among those who want to invite nature to their home and leave the flooring in its totally natural state. Such a floor is stylish and can help you create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in your house or flat. However, it also has specific requirements that you need to remember about if you want your floor to last long and look beautiful. Maintenance is the first thing that comes to my mind at that point. Having a floor which is not covered with any finish, such as lacquer or oil finish, doesn’t require you to be more respectful of your floor than in other cases, provided that it is properly maintained.

We have decided to offer you 10 tips which are useful for those who decided to go for untreated floors. Most of them are about what you should avoid rather than what you should do. So, read on to find out how to properly maintain unfinished wood flooring.

Such floors require gentleness. Remember that it is not covered with any layer that would guarantee any degree of protection! Therefore, remember not to get to cleaning it with any sharp or abrasive objects. As the floor is more delicate and prone to damages, you can leave marks or scratches on its surface. It requires a different approach to cleaning.

  1. Be gentle 
    Such floors require gentleness. Remember that it is not covered with any layer that would guarantee any degree of protection! Therefore, remember not to get to cleaning it with any sharp or abrasive objects. As the floor is more delicate and prone to damages, you can leave marks or scratches on its surface. It requires a different approach to cleaning.

  2. Use a damp cloth 
    Forget about cleaning your floor with large amounts of soap and water. If you do this, you can do more harm than good, damaging wood, as excess moisture easily gets in between the boards. Use only a damp cloth from delicate fabric.

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  3. Get a mop
     
    Buy a proper mop. This can be a mop with cotton refill, but then you must be vigilant not to leave too much water on your floor. We definitely advise you against wet-mopping your floor. That’s why it is recommended to use a moist microfiber mop and a spray bottle of water and mist your floors – in this way you will avoid any problems and will be able to rest assured that your floor is properly taken care of.

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  4. Choose proper wood care product
     
    Make sure you get a proper floor cleanser that is suitable for untreated floors. There is a whole array of different wood flooring cleaning products available in the market and the choice of the right product is a tough one. But only in this way you can get a great result and protect your floor. Stay away from cleaning products for wood flooring with lacquer or oil finish – when used on unfinished floors, they can leave unsightly stains which are very difficult to remove.

  5. Sanding as a solution to light stains 
    If you’re struggling with stubborn stains, gently sand the given area. It may in fact help as an effective way to remove stains, but it’s not a method you should use too often. That’s rather an option that’s left if all other options turned out to be ineffective.

  6. Vacuuming 
    Vacuum your unfinished wood floor at least once a week. Regular vacuuming helps remove dust and dirt particles that scratch the floor or dull its surface. Moreover, it will help you reduce the need to mop the floor too often and minimize the risk of damage.

  7. Reduce floor soaking 
    Remember that if you want to deal with spills, you don’t need to mop the entire floor in order to make it clean. In such a case, focus on areas where there are spills and mop only dirty areas – by doing so you can considerably reduce the overall floor soaking.
  8. Avoid spills 
    Spills are probably the worst nightmare of a home owner who decided to install unfinished wood floors in their house. That’s why you should be careful and remove spills right after they occur. Clean them up immediately using a soft cloth and you will avoid permanent soiling.

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  9.  Get good doormats/rugs 
    Don’t forget about preventive care and protect your floor, using mats and rugs. Buy high-quality doormats and place them at all entrances, both outdoor and indoor. Make sure they are absorbent and look good. Moreover, it’s important to keep them clean at all times. In this way you will prevent dirt and grit from getting into the house. Encourage your family members and visitors to use them and, if possible, to take their shoes off!

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  10. Clean the floor before moving furniture 
    Precisely clean your unfinished wood floor before moving furniture or appliances. In this way you will prevent scratches and damages due to sand or grit. Use a clean piece of carpet, placing it under the given piece of furniture pile side down. Then, move it slowly across the floor whenever you want to put it. 

Having in mind all those tips, you can be sure that your natural floor will look good for long years.

And if need be, you can always sand the floor and add a finish of your choice later on. It’s the only flooring option that makes you so much in control and offers such a high degree of flexibility.

 

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