Daily Care & Maintenance
Once installed your hardwood floor will look beautiful, but time and traffic, stains, and spills will take their toll. So, you need a short course on taking care of your floor, and for that, you’ve come to the right place. We want you to know all about hardwood maintenance because the more you know the better able you’ll be to keep your floor looking new.
Wood is a natural, beautiful, and timeless design element. Consistent and correct maintenance will insure it remains that way.
Regular Hardwood Care
Start by placing walk-off mats or area rugs at each entryway to collect dirt and grit that might be tracked in. These tiny particles act like sandpaper and will scratch your floor. Be sure to avoid using rubber-backed or non-ventilated mats or rugs as they can damage your floor. Instead, use mats or rugs made especially for hardwood floors, and remember to shake them out regularly. In addition to entryways, remember to place mats in any areas where water may be splashed, such as near a kitchen sink.
Buy a quality broom and sweep your new floor regularly to pick up grains of dirt, dust, and other particles. A vacuum cleaner, without a beater bar, can be helpful in between planks and other hard-to-reach areas. Once dirt and grease are gone, buffing can help restore the luster of your hardwood floor.
Dealing With Spills & Stains
Spray a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by us to safely remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your floor. Manufacturers of “Pre-finished” hardwood floors recommend their own specific products designed for their floor's routine maintenance.
A hardwood floor cleaner is useful in removing occasional scuffs or heel marks. Merely spray some cleaner on a cloth and lightly rub the stained area. Sticky spots can be cleaned with a damp towel or sponge.
Do not use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor, as they will dull the finish and performance of your floor. These products will also affect the ability to recoat your floor later. Since wood naturally expands when it is wet, never wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor. Large amounts of water can cause the wood to swell and may cause your floor to crack or splinter.
Being a natural product, hardwood will expand and contract due to moisture level changes. Minimize water exposure to hardwood floors and clean up spills as soon as they happen.