How To Take Care Of Your New Wood Floor

9th January 2018
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An engineered or solid wood floor is a beautiful addition to any home, and if you look after properly it will last for generations. Find out how to care for your new wood flooring properly with our tips below.

Wood Flooring

Lacquered wood flooring

Wood Flooring LacqueredAn engineered or solid wood floor with a lacquered finish is very easy to maintain. The surface of a lacquered wood floor is made from polyurethane giving it a very hardwearing surface, so all you should need to do is vacuum, sweep with a soft brush and clean with water. If you want to give it a good clean, you can also use very mild detergents or specialist wood cleaner for daily cleaning but make sure that you don’t leave any residue, water or dampness on the floor as this could damage the floor over time. If you would like advice on suitable products to use on your lacquered wood flooring talk to us in the showroom.

Oiled wood flooring

All oiled floors should be thoroughly cleaned and treated with the appropriate products right after installation and as part of a regular cleaning regime. The surface will then be more hardwearing and easier to clean and maintain in the future. This is because the recommended soap used to clean oiled floors coats the surface with an invisible film, providing additional protection and making the floor more resistant. Routine cleaning will help to remove dust and dirt before they scratch and dull the surface, or wear away the floor. An oiled wood provides a highly authentic option and is often the choice for more traditional interiors.

Daily maintenance

For daily maintenance of your oiled or lacquered solid or engineered floor simply vacuum or sweep the area, and use water and mild detergent or specialist wood cleaner. If your floor becomes more difficult to clean, then you may need to re-oil the surface or treat it with lacquer. With regards to oiled wood flooring, this may need a flooring refresher twice in the first year and then once per year thereafter. This will prevent your floor from looking dull and tired looking and will help to reinforce its resistance to dirt.

Tips for avoiding damage to your new wood floor

Natural wood flooring may mark, dent or scratch over time with general ‘wear and tear’. Wood is resilient, with some species more hardwearing than others, but you do need to take care not to cause damage. Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid dropping heavy objects onto the floor.
  • Wipe your feet on a doormat to avoid stones or grit being walked into the floor.
  • Don’t wear sharp high heels regularly inside.
  • Lift rather than drag furniture and use castors.
  • Trim your pet’s nails.
  • Never use vinyl or tile cleaning products or acrylic waxes on wood floors.
  • When spills occur, be sure to clean them immediately with a dry or slightly damp cloth.

Follow these tips for beautiful looking wood floors for years to come. If you have any questions, or would like more information and advice on our products, please visit our showroom, give us a call on 0141 638 0968 or contact us online.

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Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Jim Hillier 1st June 2022

Absolutely Delighted with the Conduct and Quality of Work. My Wife and I decided to replace our Bedroom Carpet and lay down wooden flooring for our Hall. We noticed that there was a possible supplier for flooring at first floors shop on Fenwick Road. We met up with David and Graham and explained that we were looking for quality products for both Items. We were shown flooring possibilities from their extensive range of designs and thicknesses and soon found a product that we were interested in. We were delighted to find out that they had carpet selections at the back of the shop which surprised us; you could not appreciate the size of the place from the shop front! We chose a carpet that we thought met our specifications and were given a reasonable sized sample to take home to see how it would look in our room taking into account of our particular lighting conditions. First Floors sent out a guy to take measurements for floor, accessory fittings and carpet.
Being very happy with the proposition given to us and estimates of work completion dates and prices we went ahead with the order. Graham kept us updated with the schedule and I am happy to say that the work was carried out on time and was completed to a very high quality with which we were both delighted with.
I would be happy to reference this company for anyone who is interested in upgrading their floors or replacing carpets.

Alastair Barrie 2nd June 2022

Good selection, service and fitting.We were able to take home some samples to select the carpet that was just right for our room. There was a delay in our furniture arriving and First Floors were very accommodating in putting our fitting date back to suit. The fitting went very well indeed - couldn’t have been easier.

Olive Leitch 1st May 2022

Excellent service from First Floors. All staff including fitters have been helpful and gave a friendly professional service. My new stair carpet has been fitted very well and already received many complements

Linda McBrearty 27th April 2022

Excellent service with care. On our first visit to the showroom, David advised and helped us with our choice but never rushed us and gave us lots of confidence in making our final choice of engineered wooden flooring. Our new build home was delayed for a few months and during this time David and his team waited patiently with us until the flooring was able to be fitted! The fitting throughout our new house was more than excellent. The care and attention to detail was everything we could have hoped for, our thanks to the fitting team. We would have no hesitation in recommending First Floors, their professionalism and customer service was 100%.

Anna Smylie April 2021

Fantastic service. David gave me great advice on which flooring would be most suitable for my business premises. Within the week Steven came to fit the flooring and, as promised, was in and out in a day. Can’t recommend this local Company enough. Anna Smylie ZuZu Giffnock.

Dawn Henry November 2021

We recently purchased engineered oak flooring and carpets from First Floors. The customer service from David and team was exceptional. We had just moved home from overseas and bought a house with no floors so we did not have access to allow First Floors to measure. Theye allowed us to use our own measurements as we wanted the floors laid ASAP once we had the keys. The floor is beautiful and laid very professionally (thanks Steven). The carpets are also lovely and exactly what I wanted. The only thing I would change about the experience would be to have First Floors assess the house in advance. We have fire doors which were a problem the day the carpets were laid. This was not the issue of First Floors and it was resolved quickly. Thanks again David, we would highly recommend First Floors to anyone.

Ian and Lesley Proctor January 2022

Another Great Job Done!!
Just had our third floor project in seven years completed by First Floors once again.
Great service from David and his showroom team from assisting in the selection of materials through to arranging the installation. Chris and his team worked tidily and efficiently on the hardwood flooring with great attention to detail. Gordon who fitted the stair carpet was very professional in his work and was able to resolve some problematic details to our entire satisfaction.
Would definitely recommend First Floors.

Gavin Reid 18/08/20

We recently had First Floors install laminate flooring in our lounge and hallway and are absolutely delighted with the final result! It has been finished to a high standard with great attention to detail.

Having had a rough idea of what we were looking for, David helped find the perfect flooring for both rooms.

We were booked in quickly and kept informed throughout the process.

We would definitely recommend and use again.

Christine Sharp 23/08/20

Wee have recently had a new laminate floor laid in our upstairs hall. We are very happy with the result and feel the level of workmanship and finishing detail was excellent

Chris Milne 30/08.20

Excellent service from first point of contact. Staff took time to discuss and review options, then worked to suitable timescale based around my schedule.
Work completed on time and to a very high standard, delighted with results.