Maintaining your Strathearn floor is as effortless as it is rewarding

Your perfectly installed and finished Strathearn floor will look high maintenance but – just between ourselves – it’s actually really easy to look after. Kitchens, bathrooms and other high-impact rooms might need a little more regular effort, but mostly your floorcare routine is just a matter of following a few simple guidelines.

Oak

An oak floor is elegant, beautiful and timeless and can last for decades if maintained correctly. It’s true that wood flooring does need some tender loving care, but we promise you it’s worth the effort.
Every Strathearn oak floor has already undergone 3 coats of Osmo oil during manufacture. This ensures each plank is suitably protected and adds to its durability. On completion of installation, we would always seal the floor with 1 final coat of Osmo Oil for extra protection. For more information regarding installation of oak flooring, take a look at our Oak Fitting Guidelines.

All the recommended products noted are available for purchase at our showrooms. Alternatively, you can order the products by emailing our team, info@stoneandtimber.co.uk or phoning us 01764 684836.

Recommend cleaning product: Osmo Wash and Care

How often should I clean my floor?

Once or twice a week. Regular sweeping or vacuuming will help manage the amount of grit, dirt and dust that is brought onto the floor. A good habit to get into, is to take off shoes at the entrance way or hallway as shoes will carry grit in the soles which will likely scuff, dent and mark your oak floor.

What equipment do I need to clean my floor?

A soft sweeping brush and/or a hard-floor vacuum and micro-fibre mop. For ease of use, a hard-floor vacuum cleaner or cordless is a good idea. We would recommend for first time use to test out a small area and put it on a low suction setting, to ensure that the vacuum doesn’t scratch the floor. A soft sweeping brush or a dry micro-fibre mop are both equally effective to remove any surface grit or dust.

What are the steps to clean my floor?

  • Sweep, dry mop or vacuum entire area thoroughly, paying attention to the plank edges where grit and dust can gather.
  • Make up a dilute solution of Osmo Wash and Care and warm water, in a mop bucket or similar. For directions of use for Osmo Wash and Care click here
  • Soak your microfibre mop in the bucket for 5-10 seconds, wring it out. Avoid wet mopping, as excess water can damage the surface.
  • When mopping the floor try to go with the direction of grain.
  • Avoid walking on the mopped area until completely dry.

Do you have any other tips on maintaining my oak floor?

  • If your oak floor has just been installed and undergone its final coat of oil, avoid using cleaning or care products for 10-14 days, as the floor should be left to ‘cure’. For more information regarding Installation, please see our Oak Fitting Guidelines.
  • Always wipe up accidental spills immediately using a soft, slightly damp cloth.
  • If you have underfloor heating, ensure the floor temperature does not exceed 27 degrees C and the underfloor heating should be left on all year round. The reason for this is that wood will naturally expand and contract, even with an engineered floor. To minimise this occurring its important to maintain a stable environment.
  • Do not place rugs on oak floors with underfloor heating. A rug will trap in heat, which will encourage the wood underneath to expand and contract and could cause the oak to delaminate.
  • 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 using a sheet of hard board and always use a dolly -never slide or roll heavy objects over oak floors.

Repairing

Light scratches and marks will inevitably happen over the years however they can be easy to repair and remove. It is important to know that all Strathearn floors have an oil finish, so any repairs you decide to do should be done with an oil-based solution, not wax or varnish. For shallow, light scratches (e.g a grit scratch) try rubbing a raw brazil nut into the scratch; the natural oils gently release into the wood and should repair the scratch. Alternatively, Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner (or Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner White, if you have white oiled floor) can be used to repair a scratched floor.

Advice should be sought from an expert when undertaking repairs. Please do not hesitate to ask our expert team for advice on how to effectively repair your oak floor.

Stone

All stone & terracotta is naturally porous to varying degrees. For modern-day living and to improve stain resistance, your stone or terracotta should be sealed at the time of installation. Correct sealing is the key to minimal maintenance. Our recommended sealant is Lithofin MN Stain Stop, and it has been used by our installation team for many years.

All the recommended products noted are available for purchase at our showrooms. Alternatively, you can order the products by emailing our team, info@stoneandtimber.co.uk or phoning us 01764 684836.

Recommended cleaning product: Lithofin MN Easycare (general use) and Lithofin MN Power Clean (very dirty surfaces, used occasionally)

How often should I clean my floor?

Once or twice a week. Cleaning your tiles regularly ensures dirt doesn’t build up and any liquid or food that is spilled doesn’t have a chance to stain the surface. A correctly sealed natural stone floor will help improve stain resistance, however stone is naturally porous and as such we would highly recommend that any spillages should be cleaned up as soon as possible.

What equipment do I need to clean my floor?

A soft sweeping brush, a hard-floor vacuum cleaner and a microfibre mop. Sweeping, vacuuming or dry mopping will gently remove any abrasive dirt which could be harmful to the floor. High traffic areas will naturally pick up more dirt, a stiff scrubbing brush is a great way to get rid of ingrained surface and grout line dirt.

What are the steps to clean my floor?

  • Sweep, vacuum or dry mop the entire area thoroughly, paying attention to grout line or edges where dirt is likely to accumulate.
  • Make up a dilute solution of Lithofin Easy Care and water, in a mop bucket or similar. For more information regarding directions of use for Lithofin Easy Care, click here.
  • Soak your microfibre mop in the bucket for 5-10 seconds, wring it out, and start to mop floor.
  • Avoid walking on the mopped area until completely dry. To help speed up drying time, wipe the floor down with an old dry towel.

N.b These steps are relevant for general everyday cleaning and with the use of Lithofin Easy Care. The use of Lithofin Power-Clean should only be used occasionally on very dirty floors. Click here for the directions of use for Lithofin Power-Clean or seek advice from our expert team (info@stoneandtimber.co.uk or 01764 684836)

Do you have any other tips on maintaining my stone floor?

  • Any abrasive or acid-containing cleaning products must be avoided, and you should use recommended cleaners only.
  • Door mats, such as coir mats, are good at trapping grit and dirt before they are brought into the room.
  • Felt pads attached to the feet of stools or chairs will prevent scratching of the stone/terracotta surface.
  • When moving furniture, lift it rather than dragging it to avoid scratches
  • When wet mopping your floor, excess water should be avoided. It is best to use a damp microfibre-type mop, which has been wrung out. This prevents dirt suspended in the water settling out into the grout lines or surface features.
  • In terms of placing rugs over stone flooring with underfloor heating this is possible, provided the rug is open weave and of natural materials  –  the rug essentially serves as a blanket and restricts the passage of heat into the room. As stone floor temperatures should not exceed 29 degrees C, placing a rug on the floor risks increasing the flooring temperature beyond this limit, therefore using a rug with an open weave allows the heat to transfer. Synthetic materials should be avoided in case these re-act to the heat e.g. melt and stain the floor.

Porcelain Tiles

Due to the hard, dense nature of Porcelain it is a very durable and practical product with a level of built-in stain resistance. In addition, porcelain or decorative & glazed tiles themselves do not require sealing however if using cementitious/porous grout, we would recommend protecting the tiles with a coat of Lithofin KF Protective Impregnator.

All the recommended products noted are available for purchase at our showrooms. Alternatively, you can order the products by emailing our team, info@stoneandtimber.co.uk or phoning us 01764 684836.

Recommended cleaning product: Lithofin KF Conditioning Cleaner.

How often should I clean my floor?

Once or twice a week. Cleaning your tiles regularly ensures dirt doesn’t build up and any liquid or food that is spilled doesn’t have a chance to stain the surface. We would highly recommend that any spillages should be cleaned up as soon as possible.

What equipment do I need to clean my floor?

A soft sweeping brush, a hard-floor vacuum cleaner and a microfibre mop. Sweeping, vacuuming or dry mopping will gently remove any abrasive dirt which could be harmful to the floor.

What are the steps to clean my floor?

  • Sweep, vacuum or dry mop the entire area thoroughly, paying attention to grout line or edges where dirt is likely to accumulate.
  • Make up a dilute solution of Lithofin KF Conditioning Cleaner and water, in a mop bucket or similar. For more information regarding direction of use for Lithofin KF Conditioning Cleaner, click here.
  • Soak your microfibre mop in the bucket for 5-10 seconds, wring it out, and start to mop floor.
  • Avoid walking on the mopped area until completely dry.

Do you have any other tips on maintaining my porcelain floor?

  • Door mats, such as coir mats, are good at trapping grit and dirt before they are brought into the room.
  • Felt pads attached to the feet of stools or chairs will prevent scratching of the porcelain surface.

Hearths

A natural hearthstone, such as Slate, Limestone and Basalt create strong, beautiful hearths and can be the perfect addition to your fireplace.
A correctly sealed hearth will ensure a timeless beauty and easy maintenance, and as such we would recommend sealing your hearth. For a slate hearth, you can seal the stone with a Linseed Oil and Beeswax mixture (available to purchase from our showroom, please contact us for more information)

Recommended cleaning product: Lithofin Easy Care.

How often do I clean my hearth?

Once or twice a week. Cleaning your hearth can be part of your floor cleaning routine. If you have a wood burning stove, you may wish to sweep the ash from the hearth and wipe down with a warm water using a cloth.

What equipment do I need to clean my hearth?

A regular cleaning cloth or micro-fibre mop.

What are the steps to clean my hearth?

  • Sweep, vacuum or dry mop the entire area thoroughly, paying attention to grout line or edges where dirt is likely to accumulate.
  • Make up a dilute solution of Lithofin Easy Care and water, in a mop bucket or similar. For more information regarding directions of use for Lithofin Easy Care, click here.
  • Soak your cloth or microfibre mop in the bucket for 5-10 seconds, wring it out, and start to wipe the hearth.
  • Allow to dry entirely before using the stove.

To arrange a quote or for further information on our natural stone hearths, custom-made options, delivery details and recommended please contact us.

All the recommended products noted are available for purchase at our showrooms. Alternatively, you can order the products by emailing our team, info@stoneandtimber.co.uk or phoning us 01764 684836.

External Stone

Paving your garden with stone or porcelain is a fantastic addition to any home. However, stone and porcelain used externally will be subject to staining due to natural atmospheric agents and organic matter which can affect the overall look of the material.

Recommended cleaning product: Lithofin offer a range of different outdoor cleaners, please consult with one of our expert team or with Lithofin directly regarding the appropriate cleaner to use.

How often should I clean my external stone/porcelain area?

3-4 times a year, and ideally on dry days. The longer you leave dirt and grime on paving, the harder it is to remove it. And like most gardening or outdoor jobs, regular maintenance is key.

What equipment do I need to clean external stone/porcelain?

A stiff brush, a sharp tool, a hose or pressure washer. If your patio is in good condition a stiff brush with a long handle should suffice. To remove weeds, moss and debris a sharp tool can be helpful to remove these in the paving gaps and edges. If you decide to use a pressure washer, they should be used with caution as the pressure can blast the surface waste and dirt into the air.

What are the steps to cleaning external stone/porcelain?

  1. Ensure the surface is clear of any debris, this includes loose dirt, dust and weeds
  2. Consult the directions of use for the specific Lithofin cleaner you decide to use.

Do you have any other tips on maintaining my external stone/porcelain area?

  • Consider sealing external stone. The benefit of sealing stone is that it will protect against water and other types of staining. Sealing external stone is a matter of personal preference and is a subject of much debate in the industry. It is important to consider the type of stone you have e.g a light limestone may benefit more from sealing than a dark sandstone, and the cost implications for sealing the area.
  • Regular brushing will help with eliminating the likelihood of staining and prevent seed germination.
  • Weed frequently to ensure grout lines and paving gaps do not widen and get damaged.

Please do not hesitate to contact out expert team with any questions you may have about maintaining your floor. Your floor should be beautiful for a lifetime, and we are here to help you achieve this.

All the recommended products noted are available for purchase at our showrooms. Alternatively, you can order the products by emailing our team, info@stoneandtimber.co.uk or phoning us 01764 684836.

Maintain your floor

The appearance of a perfectly installed and beautifully finished floor is designed to give the impressions of high maintenance and hard work. But really, with a little care and attention to detail, looking after a Strathearn floor is as effortless as it is rewarding.

The level of maintenance required will be dependent on the level of floor usage, however the suggested advice and routine should provide general guidelines on how to effectively maintain your beautiful floor.

An oak floor is elegant, beautiful and timeless and can last for decades if maintained correctly. It’s true that wood flooring does need some tender loving care, but we promise you it’s worth the effort.
Every Strathearn oak floor has already undergone 3 coats of Osmo oil during manufacture. This ensures each plank is suitably protected and adds to its durability. On completion of installation, we would always seal the floor with 1 final coat of Osmo Oil for extra protection. For more information regarding installation of oak flooring, take a look at our Oak Fitting Guidelines.

All the recommended products noted are available for purchase at our showrooms. Alternatively, you can order the products by emailing our team, info@stoneandtimber.co.uk or phoning us 01764 684836.

Recommend cleaning product: Osmo Wash and Care

Once or twice a week. Regular sweeping or vacuuming will help manage the amount of grit, dirt and dust that is brought onto the floor. A good habit to get into, is to take off shoes at the entrance way or hallway as shoes will carry grit in the soles which will likely scuff, dent and mark your oak floor.

A soft sweeping brush and/or a hard-floor vacuum and micro-fibre mop. For ease of use, a hard-floor vacuum cleaner or cordless is a good idea. We would recommend for first time use to test out a small area and put it on a low suction setting, to ensure that the vacuum doesn’t scratch the floor. A soft sweeping brush or a dry micro-fibre mop are both equally effective to remove any surface grit or dust.

  • Sweep, dry mop or vacuum entire area thoroughly, paying attention to the plank edges where grit and dust can gather.
  • Make up a dilute solution of Osmo Wash and Care and warm water, in a mop bucket or similar. For directions of use for Osmo Wash and Care click here
  • Soak your microfibre mop in the bucket for 5-10 seconds, wring it out. Avoid wet mopping, as excess water can damage the surface.
  • When mopping the floor try to go with the direction of grain.
  • Avoid walking on the mopped area until completely dry.
  • If your oak floor has just been installed and undergone its final coat of oil, avoid using cleaning or care products for 10-14 days, as the floor should be left to ‘cure’. For more information regarding Installation, please see our Oak Fitting Guidelines.
  • Always wipe up accidental spills immediately using a soft, slightly damp cloth.
  • If you have underfloor heating, ensure the floor temperature does not exceed 27 degrees C and the underfloor heating should be left on all year round. The reason for this is that wood will naturally expand and contract, even with an engineered floor. To minimise this occurring its important to maintain a stable environment.
  • Do not place rugs on oak floors with underfloor heating. A rug will trap in heat, which will encourage the wood underneath to expand and contract and could cause the oak to delaminate.
  • 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 using a sheet of hard board and always use a dolly -never slide or roll heavy objects over oak floors.

Light scratches and marks will inevitably happen over the years however they can be easy to repair and remove. It is important to know that all Strathearn floors have an oil finish, so any repairs you decide to do should be done with an oil-based solution, not wax or varnish. For shallow, light scratches (e.g a grit scratch) try rubbing a raw brazil nut into the scratch; the natural oils gently release into the wood and should repair the scratch. Alternatively, Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner (or Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner White, if you have white oiled floor) can be used to repair a scratched floor.

Advice should be sought from an expert when undertaking repairs. Please do not hesitate to ask our expert team for advice on how to effectively repair your oak floor,

All stone & terracotta is naturally porous to varying degrees. For modern-day living and to improve stain resistance, your stone or terracotta should be sealed at the time of installation. Correct sealing is the key to minimal maintenance. Our recommended sealant is Lithofin MN Stain Stop, and it has been used by our installation team for many years.

All the recommended products noted are available for purchase at our showrooms. Alternatively, you can order the products by emailing our team, info@stoneandtimber.co.uk or phoning us 01764 684836.

Recommended cleaning product: Lithofin MN Easycare (general use) and Lithofin MN Power Clean (very dirty surfaces, used occasionally)

Once or twice a week. Cleaning your tiles regularly ensures dirt doesn’t build up and any liquid or food that is spilled doesn’t have a chance to stain the surface. A correctly sealed natural stone floor will help improve stain resistance, however stone is naturally porous and as such we would highly recommend that any spillages should be cleaned up as soon as possible.

A soft sweeping brush, a hard-floor vacuum cleaner and a microfibre mop. Sweeping, vacuuming or dry mopping will gently remove any abrasive dirt which could be harmful to the floor. High traffic areas will naturally pick up more dirt, a stiff scrubbing brush is a great way to get rid of ingrained surface and grout line dirt.

  • Sweep, vacuum or dry mop the entire area thoroughly, paying attention to grout line or edges where dirt is likely to accumulate.
  • Make up a dilute solution of Lithofin Easy Care and water, in a mop bucket or similar. For more information regarding directions of use for Lithofin Easy Care, click here.
  • Soak your microfibre mop in the bucket for 5-10 seconds, wring it out, and start to mop floor.
  • Avoid walking on the mopped area until completely dry. To help speed up drying time, wipe the floor down with an old dry towel.

N.b These steps are relevant for general everyday cleaning and with the use of Lithofin Easy Care. The use of Lithofin Power-Clean should only be used occasionally on very dirty floors. Click here for the directions of use for Lithofin Power-Clean or seek advice from our expert team (info@stoneandtimber.co.uk or 01764 684836)

  • Any abrasive or acid-containing cleaning products must be avoided, and you should use recommended cleaners only.
  • Door mats, such as coir mats, are good at trapping grit and dirt before they are brought into the room.
  • Felt pads attached to the feet of stools or chairs will prevent scratching of the stone/terracotta surface.
  • When moving furniture, lift it rather than dragging it to avoid scratches
  • When wet mopping your floor, excess water should be avoided. It is best to use a damp microfibre-type mop, which has been wrung out. This prevents dirt suspended in the water settling out into the grout lines or surface features.
  • In terms of placing rugs over stone flooring with underfloor heating this is possible, provided the rug is open weave and of natural materials  –  the rug essentially serves as a blanket and restricts the passage of heat into the room. As stone floor temperatures should not exceed 29 degrees C, placing a rug on the floor risks increasing the flooring temperature beyond this limit, therefore using a rug with an open weave allows the heat to transfer. Synthetic materials should be avoided in case these re-act to the heat e.g. melt and stain the floor.

Due to the hard, dense nature of Porcelain it is a very durable and practical product with a level of built-in stain resistance. In addition, porcelain or decorative & glazed tiles themselves do not require sealing however if using cementitious/porous grout, we would recommend protecting the tiles with a coat of Lithofin KF Protective Impregnator.

All the recommended products noted are available for purchase at our showrooms. Alternatively, you can order the products by emailing our team, info@stoneandtimber.co.uk or phoning us 01764 684836.

Recommended cleaning product: Lithofin KF Conditioning Cleaner.

Once or twice a week. Cleaning your tiles regularly ensures dirt doesn’t build up and any liquid or food that is spilled doesn’t have a chance to stain the surface. We would highly recommend that any spillages should be cleaned up as soon as possible.

A soft sweeping brush, a hard-floor vacuum cleaner and a microfibre mop. Sweeping, vacuuming or dry mopping will gently remove any abrasive dirt which could be harmful to the floor.

  • Sweep, vacuum or dry mop the entire area thoroughly, paying attention to grout line or edges where dirt is likely to accumulate.
  • Make up a dilute solution of Lithofin KF Conditioning Cleaner and water, in a mop bucket or similar. For more information regarding direction of use for Lithofin KF Conditioning Cleaner, click here.
  • Soak your microfibre mop in the bucket for 5-10 seconds, wring it out, and start to mop floor.
  • Avoid walking on the mopped area until completely dry.
  • Door mats, such as coir mats, are good at trapping grit and dirt before they are brought into the room.
  • Felt pads attached to the feet of stools or chairs will prevent scratching of the porcelain surface.

A natural hearthstone, such as Slate, Limestone and Basalt create strong, beautiful hearths and can be the perfect addition to your fireplace.
A correctly sealed hearth will ensure a timeless beauty and easy maintenance, and as such we would recommend sealing your hearth. For a slate hearth, you can seal the stone with a Linseed Oil and Beeswax mixture (available to purchase from our showroom, please contact us for more information)

Recommended cleaning product: Lithofin Easy Care.

Once or twice a week. Cleaning your hearth can be part of your floor cleaning routine. If you have a wood burning stove, you may wish to sweep the ash from the hearth and wipe down with a warm water using a cloth.

A regular cleaning cloth or micro-fibre mop.

  • Sweep, vacuum or dry mop the entire area thoroughly, paying attention to grout line or edges where dirt is likely to accumulate.
  • Make up a dilute solution of Lithofin Easy Care and water, in a mop bucket or similar. For more information regarding directions of use for Lithofin Easy Care, click here.
  • Soak your cloth or microfibre mop in the bucket for 5-10 seconds, wring it out, and start to wipe the hearth.
  • Allow to dry entirely before using the stove.

To arrange a quote or for further information on our natural stone hearths, custom-made options, delivery details and recommended please contact us.

Paving your garden with stone or porcelain is a fantastic addition to any home. However, stone and porcelain used externally will be subject to staining due to natural atmospheric agents and organic matter which can affect the overall look of the material.

Recommended cleaning product: Lithofin offer a range of different outdoor cleaners, please consult with one of our expert team or with Lithofin directly regarding the appropriate cleaner to use.

3 -4 times a year, and ideally on dry days. The longer you leave dirt and grime on paving, the harder it is to remove it. And like most gardening or outdoor jobs, regular maintenance is key.

A stiff brush, a sharp tool, a hose or pressure washer. If your patio is in good condition a stiff brush with a long handle should suffice. To remove weeds, moss and debris a sharp tool can be helpful to remove these in the paving gaps and edges. If you decide to use a pressure washer, they should be used with caution as the pressure can blast the surface waster and dirt into the air.

  1. Ensure the surface is clear of any debris, this includes loose dirt, dust and weeds
  2. Consult the directions of use for the specific Lithofin cleaner you decide to use.
  • Consider sealing external stone. The benefit of sealing stone is that it will protect against water and other types of staining. Sealing external stone is a matter of personal preference and is a subject of much debate in the industry. It is important to consider the type of stone you have e.g a light limestone may benefit more from sealing than a dark sandstone, and the cost implications for sealing the area.
  • Regular brushing will help with eliminating the likelihood of staining and prevent seed germination.
  • Weed frequently to ensure grout lines and paving gaps do not widen and get damaged.

NEED MORE HELP?

Please do not hesitate to contact out expert team with any questions you may have about maintaining your floor. Your floor should be beautiful for a lifetime, and we are here to help you achieve this.

All the recommended products noted are available for purchase at our showrooms. Alternatively, you can order the products by contacting us by email or phone

NEED MORE HELP?

Please do not hesitate to contact out expert team with any questions you may have about maintaining your floor. Your floor should be beautiful for a lifetime, and we are here to help you achieve this.

All the recommended products noted are available for purchase at our showrooms. Alternatively, you can order the products by contacting us by email or phone