Hardwood Care and Maintenance
MaintenanceWith a few simple steps and precautions, you can enjoy and preserve the original beauty of your floor.
HumidityChanges in humidity level can cause any wood floor to shrink or expand. In order to minimize such movement, it is important to maintain the humidity level in your home between 40% and 50%, through the use of appropriate humidity and ventilation systems.
Liquids and spillsAll liquids and spills should be wiped off as soon as possible in order to prevent any possible damage. You may consider using area rugs to protect susceptible areas (around kitchen sink, at entrance for wet footwear, etc.).
ProtectionAbrasive dirt such as sand, street dirt and cat litter can damage any hardwood floor. Protect your floor by using entrance mats and area rugs. Regular cleaning or vacuuming of these rugs will prevent accumulation of dirt. Felt protectors under the legs of all pieces of furniture will prevent damage caused by scratching.
SunlightNormal exposure to sunlight will cause slight color changes in any hardwood floor. Area rugs, which block out light, should therefore be shifted regularly.
Care productsFor best results, we recommend the use of specially formulated wood care and maintenance products.
Care for ALL Wood Floors (the Do's & Don'ts) PURCHASE Wood Floor Cleaners NOWDo: Place Protector pads on ALL furniture legs on wood floor
Do: Place walk off mats and area rugs in high traffic areas (make sure they stay dry and are cleaned underneath often)
Do: Perform routine maintenance as recommended by manufacturer, this should include sweeping, vacuuming and/or dust mopping to remove dirt and grit. Keep this as a regularly scheduled event, and stick to it. Always perform this process before and after a major event that involves a high volume of traffic on the floor.
Do: Keep high heel shoes in good repair, as well as keeping your pets nails trimmed on regular bases.
Do Not: Use WET mops
Do Not: Use ammonia
Do Not: Use dust cleaners
Do Not: Track dirt, clean immediately
Do Not: Use other floor cleaning products
Do Not: Wax a urethane finish- NEVER!