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Laminate Flooring


Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Laminate Floors

Cleaning

  • Wipe up any spills immediately with an absorbent cloth or towel.
  • Regularly remove dust with a broom or vacuum cleaner.
  • Maintain a relative indoor air humidity of between 40 and 60% all year round, in order to limit natural expansion and contraction of the wood.
  • Periodically use specially formulated cleaner/restorer to maintain the lustre and allergy free surface of your floor. Ensure that the cloth or mop is only SLIGHTLY DAMP. Excessive water may damage the floor.
  • DO NOT wash the floor with a soaking mop or cloth, rather use a dry mop and spray a recommended laminate floor cleaner onto the mop or wipe the floor with a well wrung, damp or moist cloth. Special laminate flooring mops are available from most reputable flooring suppliers.
  • DO NOT sand, varnish, polish or wax the floor, as these treatments will adversely affect the floor.
  • DO NOT use any abrasive cleaners.
  • DO NOT clean grooves with a pointed metal object.
  • DO NOT place pot plant drip trays directly onto the floor surface, always have these lifted by at least 50mm off the floor to allow airflow under the pot plant.

Maintenance

  • Long term wear and tear is caused by dirt trodden onto the floor from the outside. Walked in dirt such as gravel and sand acts like sandpaper and can cause unpleasant scratches. To prevent this we suggest that you should place large doormats at all entrances.
  • It is also recommended that felt pads are fitted under the feet of tables, chairs and cupboards. This makes them easier to move around and prevent scratching.
  • Also equip castors or rollers, with soft treads on office chairs, filing trolleys and mobile containers and replace any existing old, hard or sharp edged castors. These castors are recognisable by their two-tone construction.
  • Place drip trays under all plants.
  • Direct sunlight may cause fading of your laminate floor, ensure that all doors and windows have UV filters, blinds or net curtains.

Stubborn Stains

  • Stain: Fruit, berries, milk, beer, wine, tea, lemonade, Urine, blood, Chocolate, grease, cooking oil. Rubber smears, shoe heel scuffs, dirt from the street, coloured pencil, oil crayon.
  • Remove with: Wipe off immediately with an absorbent cloth. If dried, use a suitable laminate cleaner and dry wipe afterwards.
  • Stain: Nail polish, shoe cream, varnish, lubricating oil, tar, felt tip pens, ink, mascara, lipstick, carbon paper.
  • Remove with: Wipe off with cloth soaked in solvent e.g. acetone or concentrated vinegar, Laminate stain remover – Use sparingly in each case and only in the area of the stain. Dry wipe afterwards. Test a small area first to avoid damage, i.e. discoloration of the lacquered surface. Ammonia-based cleaners and detergents shall not be used. As these can damage or discolour the sealant surface.

For more in-depth details consult you’re SANS 10043:2009 Manual.



Balterio


Installation instructions

Installing floors is easy, if you go about it the right way! The following guides illustrates how to proceed, with special attention to the use of subfloors and profiles. Full explanations and diagrams ensure that even the most complicated situations are perfectly finished and will give life-long results.

Egger


Luxury Vinyl Planks

Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Clic Vinyl Floors

Initial Handover


  • Cleaning should only be conducted with a dry micro fibre mop or a soft broom.
  • To remove stubborn marks, water on a damp cloth can be used.

Preventative Maintenance


  • Long term wear and tear is caused by dirt trodden onto the floor from the outside. Walked in dirt such as gravel and sand acts like sandpaper and can cause unpleasant scratches. To prevent this we suggest that you should place large doormats at all entrances.
  • Always sweep or vacuum the floor before cleaning; this to remove loose dirt or particles.
  • It is also recommended that felt pads are fitted under the feet of tables, chairs and cupboards. This makes them easier to move around and prevents scratching.
  • Also equip castors or rollers, with soft treads (NOT RUBBER) on office chairs, filing trolleys and mobile containers and replace any existing old, hard or sharp edged castors.
  • To avoid wear and tear in high traffic areas, walk off mats are highly recommended.
  • When heaters are in use, especially gas heaters, the flooring area in contact with focused direct heat must be covered and protected, as concentrated heat can result in bubbling of the vinyl.
  • To keep the floor looking its best, dry dust, mop or vacuum your floor regularly. It is recommended to do this more often in high traffic areas.
  • DO NOT use a household dust treatment/chemicals such as vinegar, solvents, polishers, soaps, handy-andy or one step cleaners of any kind as this may cause the floor to become slick or have a dull finish.
  • Simply sweep the floor as required.
  • DO NOT pour buckets of water on your floor to clean as excessive water can damage your sub-floor.
  • Keep pets nails clipped to avoid surface scratching.
  • Food spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible.

Cautions and Maintenance


  • Do not place heavy items on newly installed floor coverings for at least 24 hours after completion of installation.
  • Heavy furniture should be equipped with suitable non-staining, wide bearing casters.
  • Do not drag furniture over the vinyl – It will scratch.
  • Sharp objects such as stiletto heels will mark your floor, especially if they are in disrepair.
  • Excessive heat and light exposure can create excessive expansion and fading of your vinyl floor, ensure that all doors and windows have UV filters, blinds or net curtains.
  • Oil or petroleum based products can result in surface staining.
  • DO NOT use rubber mats or rubber furniture protectors as this could permanently stain your vinyl.

For more in-depth details consult you’re SANS 10070 Manual.

deZign Floor


Engineered Wood Flooring

Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Solid Wood and Engineered Floors


  • Every floor must be dust mopped, vacuumed or swept with a soft bristle broom daily, or as often as necessary, to remove grit and dust from the surface. Walking on dusty or dirty floor is the fastest way to damage a finish.
  • Place walk off mats at all exterior entrances. This will capture much of the harmful dirt before it even reaches the hardwood floor. Shake out, wash or vacuum mats and area rugs frequently.
  • Floor protector pads of soft felt or similar material should be placed on the bottoms of the legs of the furniture. Floor protectors must be kept clean of grit and periodically replaced.
  • Keep high heels in good repair. An unprotected tip will dent any hardwood floor.
  • Direct sunlight may cause fading of your wooden floor, ensure that all doors and windows have UV filters, blinds or net curtains.
  • Kitchen floors experience the most traffic in a home. To prevent premature wear of the floor, place an area rug in front of the sink and stove area, it is these two areas that take the most wear from all the scuffling while standing for long periods. Shake out or vacuum the rugs frequently.
  • If using a heating or air-conditioning system, it is important to use a humidifier or dehumidifier in conjunction with the heating or air conditioning system to maintain relative humidity in the home at 40-50%. This will maintain the moisture in the wood and minimise cracks between the boards especially during dry winters.
  • Do not wet a wood floor with water. When using any wood floor cleaner which requires mixing with water, follow mixing directions precisely. A cloth/mop wetted with water and squeezed dry may be used to wipe up foodstuffs and other spills, provided the area is buffed dry immediately. Heel or scuffmarks and stubborn stains may be removed by lightly rubbing with a cloth and a wood floor cleaner.
  • Long-term maintenance: 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. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Re-coat or restore does not necessary mean a full sand down to the bare wood again. Regular cleaning with wooden floor cleaners will also help maintain the shine/sheen.
  • If you have an oil finish then the philosophy with oil is that as long as the home/business owner sticks to a simple maintenance plan one would never have to sand and seal again and the floor will never show wear. This maintenance plan can be from daily in very high traffic areas like airports to annually. A domestic home would normally oil every 3 months for the first year and every 4 months for the second year and there after every 6 months. One can also do a small section that takes more wear like inside the entrance door as required. It is a simple system with very little effort. Once the floor has been cleaned and is dry, apply a very thin coat of flooring oil to the floor. This with an oil dipped and squeezed out mutton cloth, or mist spray and wiped with a mutton cloth, it is like cleaning but instead of a damp water cloth one uses a damp oiled cloth.
  • Wood flooring is an tremendously long lasting flooring product. Practically, it can be installed in any room of your home that is above ground. There are numerous locations which are not suitable for wood flooring, for the reason that wood flooring is a natural flooring product which is not recommended to be installed in wet places such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or verandas, or anywhere that may involve wet-mopping. Extended exposure to moisture of this kind might affect your wood flooring to warp, swell or crack. Please note that certain species of wood are softer than others. Therefore, you should consider using these harder species for higher traffic areas.
  • Never wax a urethane floor. The majority of floors installed today have urethane finishes.
  • Never use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly. The only remedy for this situation is to re-coat or sand and refinish the floor.
  • Advanced finish technology and innovative products make wood one of the most beautiful and easy-care flooring materials today. SAWLFA offers these guidelines that will help preserve a beautiful finish and keep maintenance to a minimum.
  • Consult with your installer if you are in any doubt about your floor finish.

BKB Parquet


Lifestyle


Bamboo Floors


LifeStyle Bamboo

Basic cleaning instructions for a commercial installation site of Lifestyle strandwoven bamboo flooring, the following points should always be followed.


  • Vacuum or sweep floor regularly to remove loose dirt or grit. A flat bottomed micro fibre broom is recommended.
  • Using a streak free non corrosive wood/laminate floor cleaner, lightly mist immediate area or directly mist micro fibre cleaning pad.
  • Using a back and forth motion, clean the surface until dry. Floor should only show signs of moisture for a maximum of 1 minute after section is complete. Replace or rinse micro fibre pad once soiled to avoid streaks. If rinsed it should be dry wrung before further use.
  • Remove all surface spillages immediately.

This covers the basics in day to day cleaning. For stubborn stains or marks, apply a small amount of acetone to a clean cloth and wipe immediate area. Do not leave excess liquid on surface.


General maintenance of the floor is paramount to successful longevity. The following points should always be considered or applied.


  • Vacuum or sweep regularly. Dirt and grit acts like sandpaper and actually abrade and dull the floor coating.
  • Remove spills promptly and follow wet cleaning instructions closely. Too much water can cause floor to swell and warp.
  • Attach soft pads to the base of all furnishings or appliances, and always pick them up rather than sliding across the floor. Dragging of heavy or repetitive items across the surface such as chairs can result in wear layer scratching. Prevention is cheaper than cure.

Lifestyle does have various repair and re-surfacing products available from Bona. Speak to your local supplier about most appropriate product for sheen factor being maintained.

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