Hardwood Floor Care Tips

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Hardwood Floor Care Tips : To Do List

  • Vacuum or sweep wood floors regularly
  • Remove spills promptly with a soft cloth.
  • Use a vacuum or broom for dry spills.
  • Place mats at interior and exterior doors to trap sand and grit from incoming traffic.
  • Have your floors recoated with polyurethane every 1-3 years.
  • Use area rugs on high traffic pathways, pivot areas, near doorways and end of stairs.
  • All rugs should allow solid wood floors to breathe.
  • Avoid rubber backed or non-ventilated rugs.
  • Install felt pad floor protectors on bottom of furniture.
  • Maintain the relative humidity in your home between 45% and 55% because excessive humidity can cause wood fibers to swell, creating cracks in the finish.

 

We recommend that you clean your floors on a regular basis using Bona or Bruce Dura-Luster Hardwood Floor Cleaner (which can be purchased at Home Depot) according to the directions below:

 

  • Step 1 – Vacuum or sweep to remove dirt and grit.
  • Step 2 – Lightly mist an 8’X8′ area of your wood floor with the Wood Floor Cleaner.
  • Step 3 – Using a back and forth motion, clean the sprayed floor surface with a terry cloth covered wood floor mop. When the entire floor is clean, simply remove the mop cover and wash it along with your towels.

 

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Hardwood Floor Care Tips : Not To Do List

  • Do not use any oil, or wax based, or other household cleaning products on polyurethane floors.
    (For example – No Murphys Oil Soap/ Johnson Paste Wax)
  • The use of these products can damage the finish and make re-finishing difficult.
  • Do not damp mop a hardwood floor. An excessive amount of water can damage the finish.
  • Do not let sand, dirt, or grit build up on your wood floor. They can act like sandpaper and dull the finish on your wood floors.
  • Do not walk on wood floors with high heels; they can severely damage the finish on your hardwood floors.
  • Keep pet claws properly clipped to avoid scratching your finish. There is no scratch proof wood or finish!
  • You can prolong the need to have your solid wood floors re-sanded in the future by having them screened and coated as soon as you see wear areas forming. Just give us a call and we will make them good as new all over again!
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