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Hardwood Flooring Care and Maintenance

 

Protect the natural beauty of your hardwood flooring

 
Your Hardwood Floor will add warmth and beauty to your home for many years to come. In fact, Hardwoods, with the newer more advanced finishes provide superior wear; easy, no-wax care; plus superior resistance to staining from all common household products such as coffee, shoe polish, lipstick, acetone, mustard, and more. A few simple maintenance steps, however, will help protect your investment and keep your Hardwood flooring looking like new.
 

For cleaning, make sure you…

 
  • Use a damp cloth to blot spills and spots as soon as they happen. For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, tar, or cigarette marks, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe with a damp cloth. Always avoid allowing liquids to stand on your floor.
  • Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt or grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
  • Occasionally wipe the floor with a damp mop or cloth.
  • Periodically clean the floor with EverClean from Our line of floor covering care products.
 

For cleaning, make sure you DON'T...

 
  • Do not use oil based, wax, polish, or strong ammoniated or abrasive cleaners.
  • Do not use steel wool or scouring powder.
  • Do not wash or wet-mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
  • Do not use any type of buffing machine.
 

Other routine care instructions

 
  • For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • For tough stains, use Our Heavy Duty Remover or Hard Surface cleaner.
  • Do not use any type of buffing machine.
 

For protecting your hardwood flooring, make sure you…

 

Use protective mats

 
Good quality entry and exit mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that can otherwise be tracked onto your flooring. Do not use rubber- or foam-backed plastic mats as they may discolor the flooring. To prevent slippage, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.
 

Use floor protectors on furniture

 
Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector should be.
 

Maintain relative humidity level

 
Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 45 and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of wood.
 

For Heating Season (Dry)…

 
A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
 

For Non Heating Season (Wet)…

 
An air conditioner, dehumidifier or periodically turning on your heating system can maintain humidity during the summer months. Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.
 

Avoid sharp objects

 
While your Hardwoods floor is one of the most wear resistant floors on the market, sharp or pointed objects can nevertheless damage it.
 

Watch your feet

 
Don’t walk on your flooring with stiletto-style heels, spiked golf shoes or cleats. They may cause indentations in your flooring.
 

Watch your pet's feet

 
Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to keep them from scratching your flooring.
 

Rearrange your rugs and furniture

 
Periodically rearranging your area rugs and furniture will allow the flooring to age evenly. UV sunlight will soften the tone of different species of hardwood to varying degrees.
 

Protect the floor when moving home

 
Use a dolly when moving heavy furniture or appliances. But first, put down a sheet of quarter-inch plywood or Masonite to protect the floor. Never try to slide or roll heavy objects across the floor.
 

For repairing your hardwood flooring

 
Minor damage to your hardwood floor can be repaired using Color Fill and Color Sealant. These special products are matched to the color of your floor and, when used properly, will make the damaged area virtually invisible. In addition, the repaired area will hold up to traffic and wear.

  • Color Fill is used for repairing minor nicks, scratches and gouges in hardwood or laminate flooring and for filling nail and screw holes in hardwood or laminate moldings.
  • Color Sealant is used to fill the expansion space at the perimeter of hardwood or laminate flooring or around door facings and other vertical surfaces.
 

Where to go from here

 
For additional free help and advice to help you find the best flooring – whether carpets, hardwood floors, tiles or laminates – at the best price, call 505-856-6268 or contact Carpet Source USA today.