CARING FOR YOUR HARDWOOD FLOORS

July 22, 2015

DO:

  1. Wipe up spills immediately.
  2. Clean floors with a small amount of water (10 parts) and white vinegar (1 part).  Simply apply water/white vinegar solution to a soft towel, rag, paper towel or mop to clean floors.  Also glass cleaner, ammonia free, is another good cleaning product for your floors.
  3. Vacuum, sweep or dust mop your hardwood floor once a week, or more, if needed. The vacuum head must be brush or felt.
  4. Use interior and exterior doormats at entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent it from being tracked onto the floor.  Please wait approx. 2-4 weeks before putting any rugs down.
  5. Area rugs are recommended in front of kitchen sinks, at all pivot points and within high-traffic areas. The rugs must be made of a breathable material to prevent moisture entrapment.  Please wait approx. 2-4 weeks before putting any rugs down.
  6. Place runners and area rugs (with slip-resistant backings) along high-traffic areas.
  7. Keep animal nails trimmed to prevent finish scratches.
  8. To prevent surface damage avoid rolling heavy appliances and furniture on the floor. Use plywood hardboard or appliance lifts, if necessary.
  9. Use furniture leg protector pads under all furniture legs.
  10. Keep the relative humidity in your home between 45% and 55%.
  11. Protect your floor from direct sunlight.

 

DON’T:

  1. Use any of the following products (or products similar in nature) on your floor: ammonia based cleaners, acrylic finishes, wax based products such as Murphy’s Oil Soap – Orange Glow – Spic n Span – Pledge, detergents, bleach, polishes and oil soaps, or abrasive cleaning soaps.
  2. Allow water to stand on your floor for any length of time – wipe up immediately.
  3. Walk across your floor in poorly maintained shoes with heel taps, spike heels or with any sharp object protruding from your shoe.
  4. Allow furniture to rest on the floor on small metal tips or hard domes.
  5. Use rubber, foam back or plastic mats as they may trap moisture and possibly discolor your floor.
  6. Do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads.

 

* Expansion Cracks and Squeaks

Recognizing that hardwood floor dimensions will be slightly affected by varying levels of humidity within your building or home, care should be taken to control humidity levels within the 45-55% range. To protect your investment and to assure that your floors provide lasting satisfaction, we have provided our recommendations below.

 

Heating Season (Dry)

  1. A humidifier is recommended to prevent excessive shrinkage in hardwood floors due to low-humidity levels.
  2. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.

 

Non-Heating Season (Humid, Wet)

  1. Proper humidity levels can be maintained by use of an air conditioner, dehumidifier, or by turning on your heating system periodically during the summer months.
  2. Avoid excessive exposure to water from tracking during periods of inclement weather.
  3. DO NOT obstruct in any way the expansion joint around the perimeter of your floor.

 


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