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Hardwood Floor Care and Maintenance

Place throw rugs in front of sinks and stoves in your kitchen, and any doors leading to the outside where heavy traffic and tracking occurs. (Never put rugs on newly refinished wood floors until two weeks have passed.) Chairs and any other furniture that is likely to be moved should have felt floor glides attached to the bottom of each leg to help prevent scratching and wear. These glides should be renewed periodically.

 

What about routine care of my wood floors?

Regular dust mopping or vacuuming is and essential part of hardwood floor care. A good quality dust mop or bristle headed vacuum attachment is the most effective method for cleaning dust and potentially damaging grit off the floor.

How should I handle spills or dirt tracked in from outside?

In this case, lightly sponge mop with either plain lukewarm water or with a mild cleaning solution diluted with lukewarm water. After sponge mopping, wrap a dry towel around a dust mop and wipe it across the floor. The cleaning solution will loosen the dirt, and the towel will pick it up. You can also spot-clean using the same solution. We recommend either a cup of glass cleaner or 2 tablespoons of powdered dishwashing detergent mixed with one gallon of lukewarm water.

How do I care for my hardwood floors?

DO for hardwood floor care: 
• Use dry Swiffers to trap dust and grit effectively.
• Use canister vacuums with special bare floor attachments. These vacuums are the surest way to get rid of all the dirt and dust.
• Use wet Swiffers to clean any dirt that a vacuum or dry Swiffer cannot remove.
• Do lift furniture when moving! Please avoid dragging. Cork or felt contacts under the legs of the furniture will help prevent indentations and scratches.
• Do be aware that high heels can dent a hardwood floor. A woman weighing 120lbs creates 1920lb of impact per square inch. Regardless of the hardness of the wood specie you have installed, this will create indentations that can only be removed with board replacements or refinishing.
• Do keep your house temperature between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius.

DO NOT for hardwood floor care:
• Do not wet mop. Too much water could cause the wood to expand and buckle.
• Do not use an upright vacuum with beater bars. They can cause dents in your floor’s finish.
• Do not use any dust treatment unless it is approved by your floor’s manufacturer. The wrong treatment can make your floor dull and cause problems the next time you refinish. Instead, neutral pH cleaners made specifically for wood floors are recommended.
• Do not use throw rugs with rubber or vinyl backing without checking to determine if they will affect your floor’s finish. Some materials in the backing can react with certain floor finishes, discoloring or causing the finish to become dull.

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