Aftercare Guide

Broadleaf wood flooring and the wood finishes that we recommend are very much designed to cope with the demands of modern living with minimum maintenance.

Caring for your Broadleaf wood floor is really simple and pays great dividends. Our high quality, professional finishes are specifically designed for modern living so that a little regular maintenance will not only keep your wood floor looking great, it will also minimise the need for refurbishment in the future.

Follow our top tips below to make your Broadleaf wood flooring stays looking good for years to come:

Cleaning

Remove loose dust and dirt from your wood flooring with a vacuum or sweep up with a soft brush. 

Use Broadleaf Wood Floor Cleaner diluted as directed with warm (not hot) water and applied with a well wrung out mop. Avoid generic wood floor cleaning products which tend to contain high levels of alkalis and can damage your wood floor finish over time. Most are in fact only suitable for floors finished with lacquer or varnish and if you read the instructions on the back tell you not to use them on oiled or waxed wood floors.

Maintenance

Use Broadleaf Wood Floor Wax to protect oil hardwax oil and wax finished wood floors, as well as to repair day to day scratches and signs of wear.

For lacquer and varnish finishes use Broadleaf Lacquer Refresher. 

Simple and easy to use these professional wood floor maintenance products have been specifically formulated to repair and protect wood floor finishes.

For domestic use they will normally need to be applied every 3 months, although higher wear areas that are cleaned more often such as hallways and kitchens they may need more frequent application.

For commercial use, they should be applied more regularly depending on traffic levels.

If you have any questions about how to look after your wood floor, just contact one of our showrooms or email technical@broadleaftimber.com

Ageing

Timber and wood finishes mellow in tone over time in response to light, just like fabric and paint. If you have rugs on your wood floor, or pieces of furniture that block out the light, shift these slightly from time to time to help even up this process and roll back rugs when you go on holiday to give the area underneath a chance to catch up !

Curing

Wood floor finishes must be fully cured before they are subjected to normal levels of traffic, cleaned, or covered with rugs / furniture.

All prefinished Broadleaf wood floors are fully cured on delivery.

Wood floor finishes applied in situ will normally dry sufficiently to be re-coated or walked on carefully in a matter of hours, but they will take longer than this to fully cure.

Please refer to the manufacturer’s recommended curing times for your chosen finish and do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure.

Environmental Conditions

Heat and humidity are crucial considerations when caring for wooden floors.

To avoid abnormal movement in your wood flooring, keep room temperature and humidity within normal living conditions after fitting.

These are an ambient room temperature of 15° - 24°c and relative humidity of 40° - 65°c.

If these are exceeded, correct them gradually.

If your wood floor is fitted over underfloor heating the temperature beneath it must never exceed 27c.

Entrance Mats

Door mats can make a big difference to how well a wood floor wears and how often you have to maintain it.

To protect your wood floor finish and help keep maintenance to a minimum, place coir matting in front of entrance doorways to catch dirt and grit from outside so that they aren't walked into the floor. Change the mat when it wears.

Even better, have a matwell cut into your wood flooring when it is fitted, so that the mat doesn't move or catch under the door as it opens. Matwells can be made to measure and edged in matching or contrasting timber as you prefer.

Felt Pads & Castors

To prevent unnecessary damage to your wood flooring, fit felt pads or castors to items of furniture that move across the floor without being lifted such as chairs.

A wide selection are available so you should easily be able to find something suit any size or style of leg or wheel.  

Spills

Don’t let spills stand on your wood floor. Although all of the wood finishes that we use and recommend are stain and water resistant, they are not entirely impervious and can be breached or damaged by spills left for extended periods.

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