Looking after your oak floor

The appearance of a perfectly installed Oak Floor is designed to give the impression of high maintenance and hard work. But really, with a little care and attention to detail, looking after our Solid or Engineered Oak Flooring is as effortless as it is rewarding.


The key to a beautiful, long lasting and hardwearing oak floor is a stable environment. Extremes of temperature and humidity cause wood to shrink and leave unwanted spaces between boards, while excessive humidity warps wood creating a ‘waved’ appearance. To keep your oak floor in ‘just laid’ condition, follow these few simple rules.

  • Keep room humidity constant at between 35% and 65%.
  • Floor temperature should not exceed 27 degrees C.
  • Keep underfloor heating switched on all-year-round.
  • Do not place rugs on oak floors with underfloor heating.
  • Avoid walking on oak floors with stiletto heels, golf spikes and cleats. And keep pets’ claws clipped to prevent surface scratching.
  • Place felt floor pads under furniture for damage-free moving.
  • Regularly re-position furniture and rugs to even the natural softening effect of UV light on oak floors.
  • Never place potted plants directly onto oak floors.
  • When moving heavy furniture or appliances protect oak floors with a sheet of hard board and always use a dolly – never slide or roll heavy objects over oak floors.


  • An oil finish on oak floors should be left after application to ‘cure’ for 10–14 days before using any cleaning or care products.
  • Sweep, vacuum and dust oak floors regularly. Microfibre mops are ideal for wood floors.
  • Always wipe up accidental spills immediately using a soft, slightly damp cloth.
  • We recommend Osmo cleaning products – the Osmo Spray Mop is ideal for everyday cleaning, or for a thorough clean use Osmo Wash & Care. Available from our showroom, or to order call 01764 684836 or email info@stoneandtimber.co.uk.

Repairing and refreshing

  • Light scratches and marks on oiled floors can be easily removed with gentle sanding and careful re-application of our recommended oil finish.

At Strathearn Stone & Timber we only use products we know and trust. For further advice please call 01764 684836 or email info@stoneandtimber.co.uk.

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