TIM­BER TIPS

Homes+ (Australia) - - STYLE & DECORATE -

Mop floors with warm, not hot, wa­ter and wring out the mop to avoid us­ing too much liq­uid. Don’t use steam mops as they can dam­age the pro­tec­tive coat­ing on floor­boards, let­ting wa­ter pen­e­trate and dam­age.

To make the nat­u­ral dark­en­ing of tim­ber floors less ob­vi­ous, use cur­tains or blinds in sunny rooms and try to move rugs around to avoid big dif­fer­ences on the fringe of the room.

Pro­tect tim­ber sur­faces from wa­ter or heat dam­age by us­ing heat mats when serv­ing at the ta­ble and boards or trays un­der vases or pot­ted plants.

The edges of tim­ber ve­neer fur­ni­ture are the weak­est part of the ma­te­rial and can be dam­aged if hit “edge on”. Fully close doors and draw­ers and pro­tect cor­ners from lit­tlies.

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