I’ve been living with my oak floor for six months now and am pleased to say that it’s still looking as good as the day it was laid.
Cleaning my floor
When the floor was first laid I was a little worried about cleaning it as I knew that astringents would likely strip the oil from the floor. This would leave it more exposed to marking and wear. I spoke to Oak Floors Online and they steered me in the direction of some gentle cleaners which are simply used to dry mop the floor with. I went with an environmentally friendly plant based cleaner. These cleaners clean the floor without needing to be rinsed away and work on lacquered floors as well.
Oak Floor Protection
Other than cleaning my floor I have been conscious of protecting it by adding felt pads to the bottom of my furniture and in the dining room I have chosen a large floor mat to sit beneath the table and chairs. The floor mat does two jobs: – it projects the floor from any food spills. It also from the wear created by dragging chairs in and out when sitting and leaving the table. I bought a large mat from IKEA made from a natural fibre which compliments the natural warmth of my oak flooring. It was inexpensive and is a pleasing contrasting texture in the room.
I have found the engineered oak floor handles temperature changes excellently. When the floor was laid I was worried about expansion and creaking. However the engineered plywood backing to my oak floor creates solid base and negates this problem.
As we move through Spring I’m enjoying the warm glow of the sun reflected off the floor in mornings. My life has been made easier not having to remove my boots when I walk in after working in the garden. Engineered oak flooring the whole ground floor has proved to the best interior design decision. The floor is easier to clean, feels more spacious and ultimately will be much cheaper than carpeting. I couldn’t recommend it enough.