HARDWOOD FLOORING CARE GUIDE

WHAT TO USE?

For cleaning:

A. 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 cause scratch or dull the floor finish.

B. Occasionally, wipe the floor with a damp mop or cloth.

C. Use a generic hardwood floor cleaner available at local retail wood flooring stores. Note that most warranties from finish manufactures and factory-finished wood flooring manufactures are voided by use of oil soap cleaners.

D. Use a damp cloth to blot spills and spots as soon as they happen. For though 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.

Don’t use:

A. Oil based, wax, polish, or strong ammoniated or abrasive cleaners.

B. Steel wool or scouring powder.

C. 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, delaminating, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.

D. Do not use any type of buffing machine.

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.

Avoid sharp objects:

Sharp or pointed objects can damage your hardwood floor.

Watch your feet:

Don’t walk on your flooring with high-heels, stiletto style heels, spiked golf shoes or cleats. They will cause indentations in your flooring. A 125 lb- woman walking in high heels has an impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel can exert to 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.

Watch your pet’s feet:

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

Rearrange your rugs and furniture:

Periodically rearing 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:

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.

READING SUGGESTION

According to the National Wood Flooring Association Technical Publication no. 100, some guidelines apply to the care of all wood floors.

“First, before furniture is placed onto the wood floor, floor protector pads should be installed on the bottom of all furniture legs. Also, rugs should be placed at all entrances to the area. Rugs should be shaken out, cleaned and thoroughly dried when they get wet. Take special precautions with no-skid pads that are frequently placed under area rugs. These pads may imprint their pattern onto the finish and/or wood floor. (Natural fibers may not transfer as much as synthetic pads.) Also, be aware that area rugs may cause color difference in the floor due to differences in light exposure.

Consumers should expect that their floors will shrink and expand with changes in humidity, sometimes leaving small cracks between boards. To minimize the changes, it is recommended that consumers use some kind of humidity control in their homes.

Routine basic maintenance includes sweeping, vacuuming and/or dust-mopping to remove dirt and grit. (Use only vacuums that have a special hard-surface setting.)  The more that dirt and grit are allowed to accumulate, the more they will be tracked over the floor, leaving scratches. Some manufactures recommend lightly damp-mopping a floor, while others do not. Regardless, household dust treatments should never be used. Pet nails need to be trimmed regularly to prevent finish and wood damage.

Be especially attentive to potential spill areas, such as dishwashers, sinks, icemakers and stove tops. Other potential problem spots include household plants and Christmas tree stands.”