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: talcum powder and soft soap

When exposed to moisture, lacquered floorboards may start creaking. To prevent this, fill the gaps between the strips with talcum powder after cleaning to soak up any moisture.
In case of stubborn stains, it's best to clean your lacquered wood floor.
Natural products such as bicarbonate of soda or white vinegar can damage the lacquer or oil on your wood floor. It's important to always carry out a patch test on a discreet area of flooring. To avoid any risk of damage, use Panaget's products that are specifically designed for all our wood floors.