The sun is out when I'm typing this, finally after many overcasted days lately. There is one thing we can be sure off: Autumn is definitely here and Winter is approaching. To keep your wooden floor beautiful and healthy this coming season a few tips for you:
Don't simply wash your floor with water.
Rainy days can give you muddy footprints on your floor, cleaning your wooden floor with just water will make it dull and could erase the protective sealing of the polish you applied on it.
Do use a special wood cleaning product (diluted in water) to regularly clean your floor from dirt and muddy footprints. Saicos EcoLine Washcare contains a little bit of revitalising wax which will bring back the lustre of your wooden floor. It also contains a VOC-free soft detergent, removing dirt and mud.
One can of Washcare - diluted - covers appr 1000 sq meters!
Don't worry too much about little gaps appearing this season. It is the "heating" season after all, where the central heating will dry out the air more than during Summer, late Spring and early Autumn. Because wood reacts to the air humidity it will release excess moist and could shrink a little bit. Nothing to worry about, it will expand again when the heating season ends.
Do keep an eye on the air humidity in your home, not just for your wooden floor but also for your own health. Like your floor, dry air effects your skin and can make it dry. You can protect the dryness of your skin with moisturising crème, and the health of your floor with a polish. For both lacquered and oiled floors there is the easy to use Saicos EcoLine Wax Care Spray - covers 100 sq meters - and if you have an oiled floor you can also opt for the Saicos EcoLine Wax Care Polish - also covers 100 sq meters.
Both products can be applied every 3 - 4 months, so treat your floor now and it will keep its moist better and shrinking could be prevented or be less.
Don't walk in grit. In the event it starts snowing this Winter and the gritters will be out and about, be careful to not to get the grit - containing salt and possibly chemicals - into your home and on to your floor. This will react with the polish and even with the wood itself, resulting in stains - which are hard to get rid off.
Do place a entrance mat on both sides of the outside doors to wipe your shoes/boots off before entering your home and wooden floors. Best is to remove your shoes/boots after entering and prevent any residue grit getting in the house. What would be nicer coming in from the cold to ease your cold feet in warm slippers!
Just a few simple tips to keep your wooden floor beautiful and healthy the coming months. It is easier than you think. Order your maintenance products now and prevent any (slight) damage to the finishing layer and your wood floor.