Floor Maintenance

Hardwood Floor Care

Solid hardwood floors are among the easiest floors to keep clean.  Yet unlike carpet your home will be a cleaner environment to you and your family.  Keep in mind the beauty of hardwood floors comes from its uniqueness, not uniformity.  By taking the proper cleaning steps along with using the right furniture pads, your floors can last a lifetime.

Dirt and grit – Dirt, grit and sand are your hardwood floor’s worst enemies.  They act like sandpaper on the finish, causing scratches, dents and dulling.  Place floor mats at entrances to trap dirt and prevent damage.  Do not place rugs and mats directly onto hardwood floors for at least 2 to 3 weeks after refinishing to allow the finish to fully cure 100%.

Sweeping – Brooms with fine, exploded ends trap dust and grit effectively.

Vacuuming – Use a brush attachment.  Do not use a vacuum with beater bars. This can cause dents in your floor’s finish.  Canister vacuums with special bare floor attachments are the best way to get rid of all the dirt and dust.

Cleaning – Use a dust mop with a 12 to 18 inch cotton head with water based floor cleaner.  DO NOT USE ANY OIL BASED FLOOR CLEANERS.  Over time your floors will build a dull haze. Never use a dripping wet mop.

Water and other spills – Water and other staining liquids can damage a floor’s finish. Standing water can warp a finished floor.  Starting at the edges and working toward the center, wipe up spills, pet accidents and other mishaps when they happen.  If your floor gets water damage:  Remove water, place a fan on your floor for 24 hours, then wait 6 to 8 weeks to see if floor will return to it’s original state.  Your floor may need some repair work if after 6 to 8 weeks if it has not returned to normal.

Furniture – Furniture should be moved by lifting, not dragging.  Felt protectors under furniture legs are a good idea to help prevent scratches in routine use.

Sunlight – Direct sunlight can cause discoloration over time.  Close curtains and blinds or add sheer drapes to protect a hardwood floor from intense UV rays.  Also check area rugs every so often to see your floor is darkening.  If so, place the rug somewhere else so the light spot can catch up to the rest of the floor.  If you leave your rugs down to long there is a good chance that light spot will not go away until you refinish them again.

Shoes – Shoes with exposed nails or heels will dent the floor.

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