A Guide For Cleaning an Oiled Hardwood Floor
Getting Started - Dry Cleaning the Floor
The most basic requirement of cleaning for an oiled floor is to remove the surface dusts, fluff and other small contaminates that accumulate daily on the floor surface.
This is a dry cleaning operation that can easily be achieved using either a vacuum cleaner or a flat mop fitted with a microfiber pad.
The frequency of the task will depend upon the surrounding environment and the floors exposure to it. Areas that get a lot of foot traffic or are adjacent to open doors where dusts or fine grit can easily enter should be dry cleaned several times per week.
The Do's and Dont's of Cleaning Oiled Floors
Having chosen an oiled finish for your hardwood floor you will want to ensure that you are properly equipped to maintain it.
Do - Invest in a decent flat mop system that has a good wringer.
Don't - Use an old mop and bucket that leaves too much water on the floor.
Do - Purchase a cleaning product suitable for use on oiled wood flooring.
Don't - Use any harsh floor cleaning products or ones that polish the floor.
Do - Ensure the vacuum cleaner you use has a suitable floor tool for wood surfaces.
Don't - Just sweep the floor moving the dusts from A to B.
The Benefits of an Oiled Finished Floor
Appearance : An oiled hardwood floor looks warm, the natural characteristics and beauty of the wood can be appreciated as the floor is not sealed by a surface coating of varnish or lacquer.
Feel : The natural grain of the wood can be felt by touch. The oil penetrates the wood and offers good protection to repel soiling while also allowing the wood to breath. This helps with allowing the natural expansion and contraction of the wood without disturbing the surface protection
Damp Cleaning an Oiled Floor
When damp cleaning an oiled floor the secret for a successful job is to avoid using an excessive amount of water.Too much water upon the floor will create problems by seeping into the joints between the boards and causing the unprotected wood to swell.
It will again depend upon how frequently the floor is used and the level of use that determines the frequency of damp cleaning. In an average domestic property with light use the floor could be damp cleaned on a weekly basis to lift off any surface soiling.
Ensure that the Hardwood floor cleaning product chosen is suitable for oiled hardwood floors. Osmo a hard wood flooring supplier have a product called wash and care that is suitable, or you should choose a similar product.
Using a small amount as directed upon the packaging add it to the water and then using your flat mop system lightly wash the floor over, lifting off any surface soiling. Make sure you rinse the flat mop head regularly and ring it out thoroughly to avoid excess water remaining upon the floor surface.
Quick Cleaning Tip
For the best results work in small sections to achieve an effective result. Rinse often and change water and floor care solution as water starts to appear dirty.
If after a period the floor has become heavily soiled either due to high frequency use or lack of ongoing maintenance it can be deep cleaned, usually without the need to sand off the surface.
The first option is to try the damp cleaning method as described in the above paragraph. Allow the floor to dry and repeat the process several times gently removing the soiling in stages.
If that fails to make an impression on the accumulated soiling a more aggressive approach will be required.
The Deep Clean Method
A stronger cleaning product may be required to help break down the soiling. A citrus based product or a product like Osmo liquid wax cleaner based on natural plant waxes should be suitable for the task.
The equipment you will require will either be a rotary cleaning machine which can be hired or a coarser flat mop head designed for deep cleaning. The mechanical option will save on labor and time although the hire costs will have to be factored in to the budget.
Cleaning and Agitation
Either option will work, the main goal here is to use the cleaning agent and the agitation from the flat mop or the floor cleaning machine to loosen the surface soiling.
Once the soiling is loosened it will disperse into the cleaning water . At this point it is very important to extract the solution off or remove it quickly by mop . Do not allow it to lay upon the surface for long otherwise it will dry into the wood grain or find its way into the gaps between the floor boards.
Working in small sections is the best method to ensure that the operation is kept under control.
Once the whole floor area has been cleaned using a deep cleaning method rinse the floor with fresh clean water to remove any remaining residue, then allow the wood to dry thoroughly . Get an online estimate now
Oiled Floor Maintenance
Once the floor is completely dry you will need to check the surface protection. If the intensity of the deep cleaning also removed some of the oil you will need to either apply a maintenance oil or if the floor looks very dry reapply the oil using a brush or rotary floor machine.