Frequently Asked Questions

How do I maintain my laminate floor?

  • Sweep floor regularly with an electrostatic broom, soft bristled broom or wood floor mop.
  • Dust and or clean with a soft bristled vacuum head. Ensure vacuum head is non-abrasive.
  • Remove spills promptly with an absorbent cloth or similar.
  • Place mats at exterior and interior doors to trap sand and grit from incoming traffic.
  • Use a rug or matt in high traffic areas.
  • Where possible periodically relocate rugs or large items to allow natural aging of the floor surface area. For new floors please refer rug and mat details noted below.
  • Stick soft pads to the base of all furnishings in contact with the floor.
  • When moving heavy furniture or appliances always pick it up rather than sliding it across the floor.
  • Keep pets’ claws properly trimmed to avoid excess scratches and gouges.
  • Place drip pans under indoor plants to avoid water leakage.
  • If necessary, clean with a well rung out mop with warm water and a PH neutral floor cleaner. Laminate floor cleaning solutions are available from Style It Flooring. Consult instructions before use. Never use conventional household cleaning solutions as these may damage the Laminate coating.

How do I best care for my timber floor?

Although a floor may be walked on after initial curing/hardening of the coating, some precautions are necessary with a newly finished floor until the coating system has fully hardened and this may take several days to several weeks depending on the coating option taken and the weather conditions at the time of application. Use of the floor before the full cure has been realised can result in scuffing and/or scratching. It is recommended that rugs are not laid until after the floor finish has fully hardened. Rugs with rubber backings should not be used as they may stain or otherwise affect the applied coatings. While light furniture can be replaced and used during this period, it should be ensured that furniture protection felt pads are attached to the feet of tables and chairs etc. and furniture such as chairs should be lifted and not slid across the floor.

The following guidelines will help keep your floor in top condition longer:

  • Anti-static mop, sweep and/or vacuum (soft head) the floor as often as possible.
  • Never, ever wet-mop a floor.
  • Only use cleaners that are recommended by timber floor coating manufacturers or timber floor manufacturers.Available from Style It Flooring
  • DON’T use: ammonia-based cleaners, wax-based products (unless coating is oil or wax), detergents, bleach, polishes, abrasive cleaning soaps, steel wool or abrasive cloths, turps or kerosene.
  • Put floor protectors on the bottom of all furniture and anything else that is hard and will make contact and might rub on the timber floor. (Lift and do not slide chairs.)
  • Wipe up all spills immediately. Many beverages will stain most nishes if left on the floor.
  • Keep pet nails trimmed. Know that dogs running through the house will scratch any finish.
  • Consider using carpet runners/area rugs in high-traffic areas.
  • Keep your home at normal living conditions for your area—no extremes of humidity or temperature.
  • Protect your floor from direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can soften the tone of different species of timber to varying degrees and accelerate the darkening from oxidation and aging of timber and the coating.
  • DON’T wear shoes with stiletto heels on your timber floor. Remove shoes at the door to avoid potentially dragging in sharp objects in your shoe treads.
  • Rearrange your rugs and furniture periodically to allow the flooring colour to age evenly.

Can I use a steam mop on my timber or laminate floor?

Style It Flooring does not recommend the use of steam mops on any of their timber or laminate floors.

Will I need to re-coat my timber floor?

Style It Flooring has a range of products specifically designed to maintain hard floors. We are more than happy to offer regular maintenance programs to help extend the life of your floor coating.