A concentrated wood cleaner can be mixed with water then applied by slightly dampening a cloth or mop. It is important to let the cleaner and not the water do the work. Using too much water on a varnish, wax or oil will take a little of your finish off each time it is used, which in turn means your floor will have a shorter life. Visit our Wood Cleaners page to see our range of easy to use products.
As with any interior wooden floor, decking should be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis to keep it in tip top condition. There are some great decking cleaners that have been developed to keep decking clean all year round. Please refer to our blog post on how to clean decking for more information, hints and tips.
Although steam cleaners are routinely advertised for cleaning wooden floors we strongly advice against this. The high-pressure steam introduced by steam cleaners is likely to degrade, damage or strip any wood finish over time. There's also a danger that the steam can penetrate the wood of the floor, potentially causing swelling, warping or splitting of the wood. For this reason, we always recommend that wooden floors are only dry swept, vacuumed or cleaned with a slightly dampened cloth or mop, using only a dedicated, Ph balanced wooden floor cleaner.
For day to day cleaning of wooden floors we recommend using a vacuum cleaner then dry sweeping with a microfibre cloth or mop. Vacuuming first picks up any loose grit and other sharp particles that could potentially scratch the surface of the floor finish. Using a dry microfibre cloth or floor mop that is statically charged will help to pick up any remaining dust or fluff from the floor. As part of a weekly cleaning program, wooden floors can be cleaned with a slightly dampened (never saturated or wet) cloth or mop in conjunction with a dedicated floor surface cleaner.
Oiled surfaces should be cleaned with a gentle, water-soluble cleaner. Everyday detergents contain Lipases, a chemical that is designed to break down natural oils and fats, so these should be avoided.