What products should I use to maintain wood floors?

Wood is a warm and cosy material that makes an elegant addition to any home. But it's also a raw material that needs to be carefully and correctly looked after. Whether oiled or lacquered, it's important to use the right cleaning products: any aggressive chemicals or unsuitable cleaners risk dulling its shine. See our guide to choosing the best natural and/or specialist products to clean your wood floor.

What products should I use to protect my wood floor?

Regular cleaning: this is the most important habit to adopt if you want keep your floors clean and shining. After sweeping or vacuuming the floor, clean with a mop or a clean rag. Make sure to wring them out well before use as moisture is wood's greatest enemy. You should also only use cold water to avoid damaging the strips.

What products should I use to extend my wood floor's lifespan?

For oiled wood floors:

First off, we recommend cleaning your wood floor on a regular basis (removing dust and cleaning any stains).
Start by sweeping or vacuuming the floor. If deeper cleaning is required, soak a microfibre or sponge mop in cold water and wring out well. We recommend only mopping once a month to avoid damaging your floor. Remember: water is wood's worst enemy.
For stubborn stains, use Panaget's natural soap.
Once a year, vacuum and clean your wood floor before spraying it with Panaget maintenance oil. Wipe away excess with a clean, dry rag then leave to dry for at least 4 hours, ensuring the room is well ventilated.
To partially restore a wood floor damaged by a cigarette burn, a knock or deep scratches, start by sanding the affected area with sandpaper or wire wool. Next, apply Panaget repair oil with a paintbrush or a cotton rag. To finish, polish the wood to obtain the desired finish. Leave to dry for 8 hours. The oil should have fully hardened after 6 hours.
If you've just finished installing pre-oiled Ulysse Teak wood floors, it is essential to finish the strips with a layer of Panaget natural maintenance oil.

For lacquered wood floors: 

To correctly maintain your wood floor, you need to clean it on a regular basis. It is important to remove any dust or grime with a broom or a vacuum cleaner so that it doesn’t build up. You can also use a slightly damp sponge or mop to remove marks and dirt from the floor. Make sure the mop is well wrung out before use to prevent water from seeping into the gaps between the strips and damaging them. You should never use abrasive, ammonia-based or silicone-based cleaners as these can permanently mark your wood floor, ruining all your hard work.
To ensure your wood floor is cleaned correctly, use only products that have been specifically designed for lacquered wood. These will help maintain the strips’ shine and will protect the floor from everyday wear and tear.

If you accidentally spill a household product on the floor or can’t remove a stubborn bit of dirt, don’t hesitate to contact your stockist for tailored cleaning advice. 

Natural products, whether baking soda or white vinegar, can attack the lacquer or oil of your floor: always test the mixture on an inconspicuous part of it. To avoid taking any risks, you can use our Panaget range of products, which respect each of our floors.