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#1 jckalilvi

Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:37 PM

We have recently moved into a home with floating timber floors and i am finding that i am having to mop everyday... they are driving me crazy!! They look great when they have just been freshly cleaned but within about 30mins of people walking on them with bare feet, i can see what looks like sweaty footprints, especially around the area where you tend to rest your feet while sitting on the lounge!!!

Does anyone else have this problem or is it just the type of cleaner than i am using? Have tried Mr Muscle, Pine o Clean and another new one that i saw on the shelves the other day!! I have spent a fortune.... anyone have any ideas???

#2 Ellie1982

Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:40 PM

I use the Ajax floor cleaner that you squirt directly on to the floor and then mop off. Maybe try that?

#3 beautifulgirls

Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:12 PM

Its the floor itself not the product you use. I have the floating floors myself, and the same issue occurs. Fortunately it is only in some areas that the smudge marks become very obvious in my house.

We use the sabco super swish extra wet mop which has detachable head and a dry head to use to sweep.  When we got the floor the guy told us to use half and half metho and water and it works a treat! The smell isn't too bad and it is cheap! You can add a few drops of essential oils if you wish.  

The key is to not get the floor too wet, use an spray pump pack (got one in plant section of bunnings) and mop with the grain of the wood in sections.  A couple of sprays per section is all that is needed. The longer you can keep it dry the better. However all the washing in the world will not keep it perfect due to the finish.


#4 brazen

Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:18 PM

hmmmm are you sure you're not living in my home? lol (saw your cake pic and your bench tops are the same as ours LOL)

anyway, i don't seem to have that problem. i just use an enjo mop, which i'm not overly happy with as it is streaky when finished (compared to tiles which come up beautifully) but we don't seem to have smeary bits.

#5 Tongue~In~Cheek

Posted 05 October 2006 - 12:03 AM

We use Pledge Floor Magic which is great because it dries without streaking.

#6 CombatBarbie

Posted 05 October 2006 - 09:03 AM

Just wanted to offer some sympathy.!  I've tried heaps of cleaners too - the best I found was "long life" timber floor cleaner which was working well until the weather warmed up and feet got sweaty and started leaving those horrible marks you are talking about.  The floor is one of the reasons (a big one) that we've just sold this house.  It was seriously driving me  batty.  ph34r.gif   There is a reason my some of my friends call me Martha blush.gif

#7 jckalilvi

Posted 05 October 2006 - 09:18 AM

Thank you all for your replies!!

I miss my tiles!!!! At least I know when we return back to Brisbane and build at the end of 2008 we will definately not be having timber floating floors... seriously they would put me in the looney bin!!

#8 TannyS

Posted 05 October 2006 - 10:26 AM

We also have floating timber floors that we got from Carpet Call when we built our house. We used to have a cat that dribbled all the time and they looked terrible - since then they haven't been too bad. I used to have a steam mop but we can't use that because of the glue apparently. So I bought a Vileda mop which is great because it doesn't use too much water, and I just use a capful of the stuff that Carpet Call recommend on the floors (it's called Universal which is also the brand of flooring we purchased). It costs $20 and you'll probably need to order it from Carpet Call, but it lasts more than six months.

Hope that helps.

#9 kath30

Posted 05 October 2006 - 11:56 PM

I've got floating floors throughout my whole house.
My husband is a tradesman and installed them when we renovated.
He was told by the manufacturer not to use anything from the supermarket etc. Just to use a SMALL amount of "neutral" floor cleaner (you can get these from cleaning supplies shops - one big bottle lasts for years). You apparently only need a small amount otherwise a film is left and then yes when you step on it with sweaty feet or shoes then it leaves marks.
So that's what I do - mop with really hot water and a small amount of this stuff. Never have a problem with prints/marks. And I have a toddler.
I also have the Enjo mop and use it for freshening up the kitchen/entrance most days. I find mopping with a bucket full of water more effective though.

#10 beautifulgirls

Posted 06 October 2006 - 03:41 PM

Just to use a SMALL amount of "neutral" floor cleaner (you can get these from cleaning supplies shops - one big bottle lasts for years)

What is this stuff and what kind of places sell it? Can anyone give an example of a cleaning supplies shop?


#11 aggapang

Posted 06 October 2006 - 07:52 PM

Well I don't have any advice here (sorry OP) but we're about to build and were wanting timber floors in living areas, but now you have me worried! Could those with streaky timber floors please tell me what sort NOT to get?

#12 jckalilvi

Posted 06 October 2006 - 08:25 PM

Well I don't have any advice here (sorry OP) but we're about to build and were wanting timber floors in living areas, but now you have me worried! Could those with streaky timber floors please tell me what sort NOT to get?


We were also considering a floating timber floor when we return to Brisbane and build at the end of 2008. I would definately have tiles now that i have experienced this floor. The house we are in at the moment is quite large and the timber runs from the front door through to the kitchen, massive family area and down the halls to the bedrooms. I am not sure what brand, quality etc the floor is as we did not build this home (it is a defence home) so am at a loss to help you there, I am sure it would have been a decent quality/brand as everything else in this home is finshed off quite well. I have a friend though that has a floating timber floor but hers is the light timber colour and I have never noticed sweaty footprint marks on hers so maybe it is just the dark timber flooring that makes it all the more obvious!

My other urk about this floor is that it scratches quite easily and when the sunlight shines in the windows and doors it is quite obvious!

I am quite anal in keeping my house spick and span... i thought it was just me being me....but obviously this issue drives others crazy as well.

Real timber flooring may be the way to go!!!

Edited by stayathomemum, 06 October 2006 - 08:26 PM.

#13 faerymama

Posted 06 October 2006 - 09:24 PM

I'm so glad i read this, i was starting to worry i was the only one who seemed to constantly have 'dirty' floors.

I love my floorboards, when they are clean, but it seems impossible to keep them that way.

Do you think the darker floors show the marks more? Mine are a red/brown and i always said when we moved i would go for a lighter floorboard. Do you think it makes a differnce?

#14 aggapang

Posted 07 October 2006 - 08:33 AM

Thanks stayathomemum-are floating floors the same as T&G? That seems to be what the builders all quote on. Maybe we should look more into bamboo flooring-this is lighter in colour in general and is quite an environmentally friendly material  biggrin.gif .

#15 clairebear

Posted 07 October 2006 - 09:16 AM

It might be the type/colour of timber used.

We are in a Victorian era home with its original baltic pine boards.  They are quite pale and have lots of different colour shades and knots through them - sort of the timber equivalent of a tabby cat!  

I've found them to be the most forgiving floors EVER - they seem to be able to camouflage all sorts of dirt and things.  I don't need to clean them until I can hear crunching when I walk original.gif

#16 kath30

Posted 08 October 2006 - 02:42 PM

Just look up Cleaning Supplies in the white or yellow pages.
I think Bunnings might also stock this type of product.
Look for something that is "Neutral" so that it doesn't cause much harm to the wood over time.
So much cheaper in the long run.
By the way, I've been told NOT to use pine-o-clean or other floor cleaners with ammonia in them EVER EVER on wood floors.

#17 Olivia~Maddies mumma

Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:22 PM

i put a generous squirt of Hurricane floor cleaner in a 9L bucket, then fill 1/2 of the bucket with really hot water. I use a mop that has a wringer built in (you get them from Franklins for about $8 and it lasts ages) then go for it. It tends to look great until people walk on it, so i try to get everyone to wear socks on it - not very successful but.

#18 TheClampetts

Posted 20 October 2006 - 07:18 PM

I know this is an old thread but I googled cleaning floating timber floors and this thread came up on the front page....how funny I should have just googled EB instead  biggrin.gif

We just bought a house and had them installed last week.  We have been in the house 8 days and I have mopped 3 times already and agree with everyone here I have spotches and smudge marks everywhere.  I am already regretting these.

Clairebear I think you could be onto something here as these boards are quite dark (northern box) as opposed to our old floorboards which were cypress pine and they were fantastic and like you never mopped until I heard the crunching  blush.gif .

Anyway great to read I am not alone and that it is not just my mopping.  Wish I had of read this thread 3 weeks ago before I ordered and paid for them <_<

#19 mards

Posted 24 October 2006 - 03:03 PM

soooo glad i read all this - just got a quote last week for floating floor!!! - AND NOW we WONT be getting them!!

thanks everyone - what else can we get!!! tiles are also hard to keep clean - and they look daggy in our kitchen??



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