Routine Care for Hardwood

At least once a week, sweep your wood floor with a good quality broom to pick up grains of dirt, dust and debris.

Use a vacuum cleaner (without a beater bar) to reach particles caught in between planks and other hard to reach areas.

Cleaning techniques vary depending on the installation and finish of your hardwood floor.

For “sand & finish” hardwood floors, we recommend using an 8”x14” terrycloth dust mop with a rotating head to make cleaning corners, under cabinets and along base boards easier. Spray a professional wood floor cleaning product to safely remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your floor.  Larger areas may be cleaned by misting the wood floor cleaner over the area and wiping until clean and dry with a soft towel or swivel head mop.  (Manufacturers of “pre-finished” hardwood floors recommend their own specific products designed for their floors routine maintenance.)

Floors with a urethane finish should never be waxed, and require cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue.

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.

Be careful!

Do not use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your wood floor: ammonia based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax based products, detergents, bleach, polishes and oil soaps, abrasive cleaning soaps or acidic materials such as vinegar.  These products will dull the finish and affect the performance of your floor.  Using them will may 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. Because it is 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.

Never walk across your floor in poorly maintained shoes that have heel taps, spike heels or any sharp object protruding from the shoe.

Don't allow furniture to rest on the floor on small metal tips or hard domes.

Avoid the use of rubber, foam back or plastic mats as they may trap moisture and can possibly discolor your floor.

Do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads.


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