REGULAR MAINTENANCE:

Maintaining the beauty of your hardwood floors is easier than you think.  The following tips can assist in keeping your floors looking beautiful for years to come.

  1. Clean regularly using a soft-bristle broom or dust mop. A vacuum can occasionally be used, but the beater bar should be turned off.
  2. Avoid using a wet mop on your hardwood flooring.  This can dull the finish or even damage the wood.  Instead, dampen a rag in luke-warm water and ring out well.  Wipe the floor with the rag followed immediately with a dry towel to absorb any excessive moisture that may remain.
  3. Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened cloth followed by a dry cloth. Allowing spills to remain on the floor can damage the finish, as well as the wood.
  4. We do not recommend the use of cleaning products on your hardwood flooring.  If more aggressive cleaning is needed, add a little white vinegar to the luke-warm water and wipe down as indicated above. 
  5. The use of throw rugs at all doorways/entrances is recommended to help keep dirt and debris from scratching your floors.  Avoid throw rugs with rubber backs, or the use of pads, which can discolor your hardwood flooring.
  6. Attach fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture, and felt to wheels of furniture, to protect against scuffing, scratching and denting.
  7. Pet nails can cause significant scratching to hardwood flooring.  Nails should be kept trimmed and rounded to avoid damage.
  8. Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to keep wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE:
What not to do……………..

  1. We do not recommend the use of floor care products on hardwood floors.  Luke-warm water, with small amount of vinegar if necessary, is preferred.
  2. Do not use self-polishing waxes on or around hardwood floors.  Not only can this cause the floor to become extremely slippery, it will also dull the finish.
  3. Do not wet mop your hardwood floor.  Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
  4. Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels.  This can cause scratches and denting in your flooring.
  5. Do not slide heavy furniture on your hardwood floor. It is recommended that you pick it up completely and move it to avoid scratching the finish.
  6. Do not use chairs with metal or hard plastic wheels (i.e. desk chairs) on hardwood flooring unless protective felt has been applied to all wheels.  Chairs with wheels can and will damage any type flooring, applying protective felt can help.

 

 

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