The Southern African Wood, Laminate and Flooring Association has provided a brief overview for the cleaning and maintenance of a variety of flooring surfaces:
Solid wood & engineered floors
Every floor must be dust mopped, vacuumed or swept with a soft bristle broom as often as necessary to remove grit and dust from the surface. Place walk-off mats at entrances and ensure that all doors and windows have UV filters, blinds or net curtains. Urethane finishes will eventually show wear patterns from surface scratching. When high traffic areas begin to look dull, it is time to re-coat or restore the finish.
Laminate & Luxury Vinyl floors
Cleaning should only be conducted with a dry micro fibre mop or a soft broom. To remove stubborn marks, a cloth that has been dampened with water can be used. Always sweep or vacuum the floor before cleaning as this removes loose dirt or particles. It is also recommended that felt pads are fitted under the feet of tables, chairs and cupboards because this makes it easier to move them around without scratching the flooring.
Direct sunlight may cause fading of your laminate or vinyl floor. Ensure that all doors and windows have UV filters, blinds or net curtains. Use laminate stain removers sparingly in the specific area of the stain and dry wipe afterwards. Test a small area first to avoid damage such as discolouration of the lacquered surface.
For more information, contact SAWLFA via www.sawlfa.co.za.
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