Floor Maintenance

-Regularly sweep wood floors with a soft bristle broom or vacuum with a soft floor attachment. After that, mop the floors using a micro fiber mop and, as needed use a cleaning product that is compatible with your hardwood floors' finish. Do not use products such as ammonia, pine soap, oil soap, chlorine bleach, oil based, or any abrasive cleaners. All of these can damage your floor’s finish. Also do not wax your floors. Using waxes on our pre-finished floors can make them slippery and dull the finish. If you do wax your floor and it ever needs renewing, you’ll have to sand the entire floor down to the bare wood before recoating.

-Use doormats both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt, sand and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching and gouging.

-Do not wet mop a hardwood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue. It can also cause cupping, swelling and eventually, gapping. When cleaning, do not “over wet” your floor.

-Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.

-Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing, scratching and gouging.

-Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats and high heels. A 125-pound woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface especially if the heal is damaged or missing the pad.

-When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to protect the wood flooring. If you have to slide it place a heavy blanket or carpet scraps face down to prevent scratches and gouges.

-For wood flooring in the kitchen or bathroom, place an area rug in front of the sink or tub/shower.

-Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum. Ideally between 45% and 55% is best although between 35% and 65% is okay too. This can be accomplished by using a humidifier or dehumidifier or even with proper air conditioning.

-It’s natural for hardwood floors to age. Over time hardwoods change in color as it reaches its final character, some species more than others. To keep it uniform it is a good idea to rearrange area rugs and furniture from time to time especially in areas with direct sunlight.