RFC Wood floor maintenance & aftercare will take more time and consideration when compared to a common lacquered wood floor or mass produced wooden floor. When purchasing a wood floor from The Reclaimed Flooring Company, our clients are building a bond with that floor, as these floors only improve with age. Our products are not mass produced and are mostly hand – finished using often trade secret manufacturing techniques and specialist floor oils and processes. Over the years, we have learnt to create an aftercare process that is historic by definition but contemporary by application. Common lacquered finishes are not fully compatible with the colour patinas that we create and they deteriorate with time, a lacquered finished floor cannot be repaired locally. Whereas our patina surfaces will develop a richer depth of hue over the years, with a lacquered floor there will be zero improvement.
The Hard Wax Oils we have developed for many of our patina creations are a blend of natural oils, with an extra dose of wax, the latter functioning in a similar way to Victorian hand – waxed finishes. The oil base makes the patina much tougher but easier to apply and maintain. We recommend an additional coat of our Hard Wax Oil to be applied to the clean, fitted floor in bathrooms and kitchens, this will ensure that the floor is extra protected in these areas.
The maintenance program starts with the use of doormats as they will stop the 70%of the dirt being brought into your house. Apply pads to your under furniture legs and consider avoiding heels. Why not enjoy the warm touch of your new wood floor under the bare feet instead?
After the first six months, depending on the amount of floor traffic, you might start seeing a colour variation between high and low traffic areas. We suggest an application of hard wax oil in order to maintain the surface, however it is important to find a good balance between building up a patina and “oversaturating” your floor. After this process a re – coating would not be necessary for a further year and subsequently a gap of two years should be left prior another application.
When re – oiling after damage, age or repair, make sure that the floor is cleaned with a specialist floor soap, let the fluids dry for a minimum of four hours and finally apply the extra coat of oil with a very thin cloth or buffing machine. To avoid heavy layer of coating we suggest to work on a trial area first; the coat should be touch dry within minutes, if it takes more than five minutes the coat applied would have been too thick.
One of the most common questions within wood floor buyers concern spills and stains removal. It may require more than a quick mop, but there are few tricks that will allow you to clean up quickly without the risk of leaving unaesthetic marks. These are some handful solution to deal with troublemakers:
Wipe up the spill if it hasn’t fully dried, using a wet paper towel or wet absorbent cloth and blotting it up instead of rubbing in it. If the liquid has been setting on the wood for too long it may have penetrated the top layes of oil and wax, in which case there is no need to panic: the stain can be wiped away by using a fine 240 grit sand paper or fine steel wood. Gently rub away at the surface to remove the top layer of wax and the stain. You will then have to soap clean the floor and an extra coat of hard wax oil should be applied.
Acid Stain (eg. pet urine or vomit)
Try mixing water with talc powder and mix to a consistency similar to set yoghurt, the less water in the mix, the faster it will dry. Add the mix to the stain, let it dry for a few hours then wipe off. Repeat the step more than once on stubborn stains.
Soak up excess with paper towels. Saturate a cloth with a dry cleaning fluid and place on area of spill for 5 minutes. When done, wipe dry and clean with a mild detergent. If it has been left to soak in follow the same procedure as with the wine stain.
Dampen a cloth with warm water and detergent and rub the spot. If that fails, try using a cloth dampened with denatured alcohol.
Rub with a soft cloth dampened with mineral spirits. If that doesn’t work, apply toothpaste and rub with a dry cloth.
Use a small amount of scouring powder, warm water, and a plastic mesh pad. Make sure you work the scouring powder into a paste before applying and don’t rub too aggressively to avoid scratching the finish.
A wood floor is an long-lasting investment that will add value and beauty to any space. It only takes a little love and a little labour to keep it looking beautiful as it improves with age.
All that is left is for you to enjoy the touch of nature and comfort it will bring to your home.