Hardwood floor maintenance tips
Here are a few tips we offer our customers on how to maintain your new
Damp Mop - Water and wood floors don't mix! Use only the
manufacturer's recommended cleaning products on your hardwood floor.
- New Construction - Many times the hardwood floors are
installed prior to a new home being completed. If possible, lay heavy
cardboard sheets or heavy paper down over your floors while workers are
still in the house.
- Vacuum Regularly - Small stones, mud, and gritty dirt tracked
in from outside can play havoc on the wood floors finish. To help combat
this, use long bristle welcome mats placed at all outside entrances for
people to wipe their feet on before entering onto the floors. Also,
vacuum using a soft bristle brush attachment.
- Use the Proper Chair Glides - Narrow wheels and sharp wooden,
or metal furniture legs can scratch and dent hardwood flooring, which
can quickly turn a newly refinished floor into an old worn floor. Any
furniture that rests directly on top of a hardwood floor should have
felt protectors, or furniture coasters under all it's feet. For
extremely heavy objects such as a piano, use rubber cups. We carry
several types of floor protectors to help you protect your hardwood
floor from becoming damaged by sliding furniture.
- Don't Use Oil Soaps - There are many over the counter oil
soap based that can damage or dull the finish of your hardwood floor.
The best suggestion is to only use the manufacturer's recommended
cleaning products on your hardwood flooring.
- Never Wax a Urethane Floor - If you have a polyurethane
finish on your hardwood floors you should never apply a wax. The wax may
leave a sticky film on your floor which will attract and hold dirt.
Always use the manufacturer's recommended polishes and cleaners.
- Wipe Spills Immediately - when accidents happen and some
liquid gets spilled on your hardwood floor you should use a slightly
damp white cloth, or paper towel to immediately clean up and dry the
effected area. For more difficult spots, follow the manufacturer's
recommended cleaning procedures.