Hardwood Floor Care
The following are some of our recommendations in caring for you hardwood floors.
Wood flooring performs best in climate-controlled interior environments. A permanent HVAC unit should be operational in order to provide consistent room temperature between 60 and 80 degrees F and a humidity level of 35% to 55%. Temperature and humidity should be controlled for the life of the flooring.
Sweep or vacuum regularly, since built-up grit can damage the finish and surface of the hardwood. The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type. Be certain the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not damage the finish. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head. Remove spills promptly using a soft cloth and cleaning products recommended. We strongly recommend “Bona” cleaning products.
Never mop or flood your floor with water or other products. This can severely damage the flooring. Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products, or other household cleaners that contain lemon oil, Tung oil or ammonia. Keep pet’s nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil and stains.
Use a dolly and protective sheets of plywood with protective covering when moving heavy objects. Hardwood is still a soft material. Make certain furniture casters and floor protectors are clean and operate properly (Minimum of 1” continuous width is recommended).Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on your hardwood flooring.
Exposure to the sun and UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of hardwood. This causes the finish and or the hardwood to fade and or change color. We recommend you rearrange rugs or furniture periodically so the floor ages evenly.
We also recommend not installing any area rugs or runners on newly finished flooring for at least seven to ten days. Your floor will wear more evenly if you use area rugs in heavily traveled areas and pivot-points (i.e. stair landings, room entries, etc.).Use dirt-trapping walk-off mats at all exterior doors to keep sand, dirt, grit, grease and oil outside.