Cleaning, Polishing and Maintenance Tips for Timber Floors

The condition and appearance of your timber floors is more important than you think it is. A beautifully and perfectly polished floor can enhance the look of the room and can act as a refreshing element in the interior décor. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that the timber floors in your home are always kept polished and are free from dirt and debris. There are two ways to clean your timber floors:
Timber Floors
Timber Floors
  • DIY Solutions: If you have enough time in your schedule, a DIY polishing job may help you cut down costs. However, it is imperative to make sure that you have enough knowledge about safe timber floor polishing before you take the job. Without proper knowledge, you can end up making costly mistakes which can ruin the appearance of your floors.
  • Professional Cleaners: If you want to get the cleaning and polishing complete as soon as possible, hiring a professional help is the most suitable option. They have right equipment and solutions required to clean and polish timber floors and will not back away till you get satisfactory results. 

Some Things to Remember When Polishing Timber Floors

  • Before using a polishing wax or similar product, you have to make sure that there is no dust and debris ingrained in cracks and near the joints. Mopping can help you get rid of some of the dust. Firstly, dip the mop in water and wring it till it gets dry. Then, use the mop to wipe the surface thoroughly.    
  • Whether you are wiping or polishing the timber floor, you must swipe in the direction of the wood grains. This will clean the maximum amount of dust and make the timber floor polishing much more effective. Doing this will also ensure that water marks and polishing lines are not visible on the floor.  
  • If you are working with solvent based polishes that are available in the market, make sure that you are wearing a safety mask. This will prevent you from inhaling harmful fumes and dust while cleaning. Therefore, safety gear is necessary.
Floor Polishing
Floor Polishing

DIY Timber Polishing Solutions You Can Make at Home

  • Beeswax solutions are great options for cleaning furniture and floors made of wood and it works extremely well on timber floors. If you are having trouble finding beeswax polishing solution, you can make this at home. All you need to do is add one part beeswax shavings to 4 parts oil (olive or jojoba oil). Heat the mixture in the microwave and make sure that all the beeswax has dissolved completely. Let the mixture cool down and keep stirring to prevent separating. Small amounts of this mixture can be used for timber floor polishing to get great results.  
  • There are several ingredients just sitting in your kitchen that can make great polishing products for timber. One of the easiest ones to lay your hands on and use for polishing is mayonnaise. All you have to do is rub a little amount of it on the floor surface that you want to clean and rub it on for a few minutes. You will notice the patch becoming shinny and clean within a couple of minutes. Wipe off the excess and check out the result. Voila! You now have shiny, polished timber floors. 
If you are in a hurry and want to find a quick cleaning solution for your timber floor, there is no better option than a bucket of clean water and a mop. This will help you get rid of the watermarks and the dust as well as stains. Just add a few drops of liquid soap to the water for a quick timber floor polishing!
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