Once installed, your hardwood floor will look beautiful, but time and traffic, stains and spills, will take their toll. That’s why the flooring professionals at Family Floors have prepared a short course on taking care of your floor. We want you to know all about hardwood maintenance because the more you know, the better able you’ll be to keep your floor looking like new.
Wood is a natural, beautiful and timeless design element. Consistent and correct maintenance will ensure it remains that way. Keep reading to learn about preventative and regular care for your beloved hardwood floors.
ENTRANCES ARE YOUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE.
Place walk-off mats or area rugs at each entryway to collect dirt and grit that might be tracked in. These tiny particles act like sandpaper and will scratch your floor. Be sure to avoid using rubber-backed or non-ventilated mats or rugs, as they can damage your floor. Instead, use mats or rugs made especially for hardwood floors and remember to shake them out regularly. In addition to entryways, remember to place mats in any areas where water may be splashed, such as near a kitchen sink.
INVEST IN THESE CLEANING TOOLS.
Buy a good quality broom and sweep your new floor regularly to pick up grains of dirt, dust and other particles. Additionally, a vacuum cleaner, without a beater bar, can be helpful in between planks and other hard to reach areas. Once dirt and grease are gone, buffing can help restore the luster of your hardwood floor.
KEEP IN MIND THESE CLEANING TIPS.
- Spray a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by Family Floors to safely remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your floor.
- Manufacturers of “Pre-finished” hardwood floors recommend their own specific products designed for their floors’ routine maintenance. Be sure to check with us as well about these cleaners.
- All floors with a urethane finish should never be waxed and require cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue.
- A hardwood floor cleaner is useful in removing occasional scuffs or heel marks. Merely spray some cleaner on a cloth and lightly rub the stained area. Sticky spots can be cleaned with a damp towel or sponge.
- Do not use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor, as they will dull the finish and performance of your floor. These products will also affect the ability to recoat your floor later.
- Since wood naturally expands when it is wet, never wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor. Large amounts of water can cause the wood to swell and may cause your floor to crack or splinter.
- Being a natural product, hardwood will expand and contract due to moisture level changes. Minimize water exposure to hardwood floors and clean up spills as soon as they happen.